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Aviation Office / Programs & Services / Educational Outreach
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supports educational outreach efforts through documents such as the Florida Flyer, Florida Aeronautical Chart, and the Florida Airport Directory. The Aviation Office supports educational events such as the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, the National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting and Conference, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit. The Aviation Office also supports education and training through the Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course, Airfield Distress Repair Training Course, Stormwater General Permit 62-.341.449 Training.
Florida FlyerPursuant to Section 332.006(7), FS, the Florida Flyer is a quarterly newsletter published by the FDOT. It provides Floridians and the aviation community timely and important information on general aviation airports, new and innovative ideas, safety topics and other governmental issues. The Flyer provides detailed profiles of public-use airports in Florida, detailing history, community involvement, and the economic impact provided. The Flyer also aims to inform the public on technological innovations that positively affect airport operations in the state, and examples of where such technology is already being employed. The Flyer also provides insight into planning efforts that involve or may affect the Florida airport system, showcases award-winning airports and aviation professionals, and provides a monthly calendar of upcoming aviation event.
You may contact the Aviation Communications Manager for more information or to subscribe to The Florida Flyer. Click The Florida Flyer for electronic copies of recent editions of the newsletter.
Florida Airport DirectoryPursuant to Section 332.006(7), FS, the Florida Airport Directory displays an aerial view of all public-use, publicly operated airports in Florida. The Directory also contains important information on fly-in airparks, seaplane bases and all private facilities. Data in the Directory comes from an annual public airport inspection and licensing records, private airport registration, and directly from airport owners and managers. Because maintaining and updating this data is a large undertaking, the FDOT makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of information.
Each airport profile in the Florida Airport Directory includes an aerial image of the airport, contact information, runway and approach details, weather reporting capabilities, and the availability of airport services.
You may contact the Aviation Communications Manager for more information. Click on the Florida Airport Directory 2020 to view an electronic copy.
Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and ExpoThe Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, held annually at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, is the second largest airshow in the world and the largest convention in Florida. Founded in 1974, Sun ‘n Fun now hosts over 200,000 visitors, 500 exhibits and 4,500 aircraft, while offering numerous classes and forums.
Pursuant to Section 332.001(2), FS, the FDOT has historically staffed an exhibitor booth at Sun ‘n Fun to market Florida as a state rich in aviation, friendly to aviation industry participants, and to promote flying, flight training, education and careers in Florida. Staff from the Central and District offices have used this valuable opportunity to meet with the public and to answer their technical questions regarding aviation and airports in Florida. This annual aviation event is also an effective venue to distribute the Florida Airport Directory and the Florida Aeronautical Chart, which are highly regarded by the aviation community.
You may contact the Aviation Communications Manager for more information, or visit the official Sun ‘n Fun website.
National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting and ConventionThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) was founded in 1947. Based in Washington, DC, it is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. NBAA represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention, one of the world's largest aviation trade shows.
FDOT staff use this valuable opportunity to meet with the national business aviation community. Typically in attendance are industry leaders, key operators, and decision makers, providing Aviation Office staff an opportunity to answer questions about Florida’s aviation system, increase awareness of the system’s economic impact, and provide details on development opportunities at Florida airports. The NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention is also an effective venue for FDOT to distribute the Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study and individual airport profiles, and represent Florida as a leader in aviation.
You may contact the Aviation Systems Development Manager for more information, or visit the official NBAA events website.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation SummitThe Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest and most influential aviation association in the world. It is comprised of nearly 400,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the U.S. The AOPA Summit features over 400 exhibits and allows general aviation aircraft owners, pilots, businesses, students, policy makers, and enthusiasts to interact and view the latest aviation technology, products, services, and aircraft.
The AOPA Summit is a valuable opportunity for FDOT staff to meet with various members of the national aviation community, market Florida as a state rich in aviation and aviation education, and to answer technical questions regarding aviation and airports in Florida. The Summit is also an effective venue to distribute documents such as the Florida Flyer.
You may contact the Aviation Systems Development Manager for more information, or visit the official AOPA Summit website.
Airfield Pavement Inspection Training CoursePursuant to Section 332.006(4), FS, the Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course is designed to train participants to become knowledgeable airfield pavement inspectors. Participants receive training in identifying pavement distresses, and calculating the pavement condition index (PCI), both manually and with a computer software program. The course is split into four modules: Course Introduction, Pavement Fundamentals, Pavement Evaluation, and Field Operations.
The Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course consists of two parts. The first day, 8 hours, will be conducted in the classroom. On the second day, there will be 4 hours of fieldwork. The participants will have the opportunity to join the instructor in conducting actual airfield distress repair on the field. The training information for this course is directly based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6B.
You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.
Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training CoursePursuant to Section 332.006(4), FS, the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training Course is designed to train participants in becoming efficient airfield distress repair specialists. The course gives a brief overview of general concepts surrounding airfield pavement structure and repair and the FDOT Statewide Pavement Management Program before providing technical education on the processes and methods of repairing airfield distresses. The course educates students in the five categories of airfield pavement distress: cracking, distortion, disintegration, loss of skid resistance, and joint seal damage. The course also provides detailed training on technical repair procedures necessary to fix these pavement distresses, and the appropriate procedure for temporary, permanent, and emergency repairs.
The Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training Course consists of two parts. The first day, 8 hours, will be conducted in the classroom. On the second day, there will be 4 hours of fieldwork. The participants will have the opportunity to join the instructor in conducting actual airfield distress repair on the field. The training information for this course is directly based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6B.
You may contact the Aviation Engineering Manager for more information.
Stormwater General Permit Section 62-341.449, FAC TrainingPursuant to Section 332.006(7), FS, the Stormwater General Permit Section 62-341.449, FAC Training course is designed to help airport staff, engineers, environmental scientists, consultants, and regulators become more knowledgeable of the various reports and analyses recommended in FDOT’s Best Management Practices Manual on stormwater. The course is split into several sections, including Florida Airports and Stormwater Management, Hydrology, Overland Flow and Infiltration, Chemistry and Load, Airport General Permit, Best Management Practices Manual and BMPs, and Permitting.
You may contact the Aviation Engineering Manager for additional information. You may also visit the FDOT Stormwater Management Program.
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