About Us

Who we are

The Council is the official association of the publicly-owned and -operated airports in Florida. Originally formed as the Florida Airport Managers Association (FAMA) in October of 1969, the organization was created to provide the strength of numbers needed to successfully face the major challenges of the industry at that time… and in the future.

The Council is composed of members representing all 20 Florida commercial service airports and 75 of the state’s publicly-owned general aviation airports, 1 Spaceport (Cecil Airport) and more than 250 corporate, educational, affiliate, student chapters and student members.

The Council is committed to continued improvement of the many aviation facilities in Florida, as well as professional development of its members. Educational programs, conferences, webinars, and seminars are held each year to provide the membership with the tools necessary to perform their job responsibilities, as well as prepare them for more challenging positions in the future.


Member Benefits

Membership Directory As a member you will receive a hard copy of the directory and an electronic copy to assist you in locating and contacting industry suppliers, as well as your colleagues in the airport/aviation industry.

Bi-Weekly Electronic Newsletters to keep you current on local, state, and federal issues. RFP's, RFQ's, and Bids are mailed directly to corporate members when received. You can be among the first to know when projects or jobs become available.

Annual Conference and Exposition to give you the opportunity to attend educational sessions and see corporate members' products and services. FAC Members receive deep discounts for registration and exhibiting.

Education and Training Summit to provide participants with specialty training and presentations from leading airport professionals and their private sector counterparts relative to airport management, operations, facilities, airport security, noise and environmental issues, and IT functions. This is a 2.5-day event featuring workshops and sessions focusing on the important activities of the committees and other matters affecting airports.   FAC Members receive deep discounts for registration and exhibiting.

State Summit to meet with legislators in Tallahassee to discuss the Council's legislative programs and issues for the year. FAC Members receive discounts for registration.

Federal Affairs Committee Fly-In to Washington D.C. to present members' issues to national leaders including the Florida Legislative Delegation, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and others as needed.

Educational Seminars, Webinars and Workshops on various airport-related issues presented throughout the state, and available on our website to all FAC member airports.

The lifeblood of any association is the contribution and efforts of its committees. Committees allow members from all categories to participate as full voting members of FAC's thirteen standing committees. The Council has become one of the nation’s premier airport organizations, in a large part, due to the volunteer efforts of its members who are encouraged to join and become active in one or more of the following standing committees. A description of each committee may be found below:

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Corporate Committee: The Corporate Committee addresses issues of importance to FAC’s corporate members and serves as the liaison between the corporate membership and FAC Board of Directors. The chair of this committee is the only appointed member of the FAC Board of Directors.

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Education Committee: This committee of the FAC Education Foundation is responsible for oversight and management of the Council’s educational programs, which include the airport internship program, scholarship program, fundraising events and Student Chapters.

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Environmental Committee: Airport activities impact the environment in many ways.  The Environmental Committee includes airport and corporate members.  The Committee focuses on a broad range of environmental topics and provides opportunities for members to discuss issues and requirements of state and federal laws as well as technological and system improvements that may benefit FAC members.  

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Facilities Committee: The Facilities Committee members include airport and corporate member professionals focused on airport facilities operations and maintenance concerns.  The Committee works together to identify issues impacting the day-to-day operation of Florida’s commercial service and general aviation airports and improve methods to address them, and also focuses on techniques for airport infrastructure and facilities maintenance and the professional development of airport operations and maintenance personnel.   

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Federal Affairs Committee: The Federal Affairs Committee reviews and recommends to the Board of Directors actions pertaining to federal issues of concern to the Council’s membership. The Committee conducts an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss Florida’s airport issues with members of Congress, FAA, TSA, and other federal agencies.

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General Aviation Committee: The G.A. Committee serves as the voice of Florida’s general aviation/community airports, addressing issues of specific concern to managers of these airports and presenting recommendations to the Board of Directors.  

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IT Committee: The IT Committee consists of professional IT staff at airports and their respective corporate counterparts.  They focus on the latest issues and developments in the information technology industry and assist Florida’s small airports with their technological needs.  

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Legal Committee: The purpose of the Legal Committee is to engage both lawyers and senior airport management on key airport legal issues.  The Committee’s primary role is educational, although there will be interaction with the mission of the Federal Affairs Committee and, to a more limited extent, the State Affairs and Environmental Committees.  The educational mission of the Committee is to keep current airport lawyers (and new airport lawyers) updated on the latest developments in state and federal law as it applies to airports, with particular emphasis on regulatory matters (FDOT and FAA primarily); educate airport lawyers and non-lawyers on non-airport, Florida specific legal issues which effect airports, such as public records, public contracting and Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA); and educate non-lawyers who have a substantial legal component to their jobs (especially airport directors and other senior management) on legal issues about which they should have at least a basic familiarity.

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Noise Abatement & Community Affairs Committee: Airport noise and community relations are critically important to Florida’s airports.  This committee focuses on these issues and serves as a sounding board for airport noise abatement professionals and public information specialists throughout the state. Members are airport managers, airport staff, and professionals with specific expertise.

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Operations Committee: The purpose of the Operations Committee is to educate members on common issues relevant to Operations Departments and staff at Florida airports, to network regarding solutions and to share experiences.  Issues addressed include, but are not be limited to, airside construction challenges, emergency/irregular operations, recovery from emergencies, wildlife mitigation, MCI drills, Cert inspections, and more.

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Security Committee: This committee provides an opportunity for airport security directors, security coordinators and airport police chiefs and officers to discuss best practices and security related issues that impact Florida’s airports as well as share information on latest technologies and laws impacting their airport functions. Members are airport managers, airport staff, and professionals with specific expertise.

 

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State Affairs Committee: The FAC Constitution dictates that the Vice Chairman serves as chair of this committee. The State Affairs Committee is made up of airport and corporate representatives and is charged with monitoring legislative actions and proposals that may impact the airport/aviation industry, recommending state legislative priorities to the Board, and participating in legislative hearing and meetings with key House and Senate Committees when needed. This committee meets regularly via conference call and participates heavily in the State Legislative Summit held each year in the Spring in Tallahassee. 

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Training Committee: The Training Committee is a conduit for educational programs that benefit airport and corporate members of the Council. The Committee works with other FAC committees to advise on training and other activities to educate FAC member professionals regarding the ever-changing skills needed to support the industry. The Committee also supports Board and FAC initiatives by providing advice regarding the value of training programs and the effectiveness of electronically delivered training vs. traditional training, the measurement of training program efficiency and effectiveness, and providing a forum for the development of a standard statewide training program.  



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