The committees also provide members a forum to address issues such as funding airport improvements and NextGen, land use, security, safety, operations, certification, federal and international affairs, communications and public relations. Each committee is chaired by a NASAO member and is populated with NASAO members or state aviation agency subject experts. To join a committee please fill out the online committee form or print participation form.
In 2006 NASAO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to coordinate the efforts of the two associations on aviation policy matters. The NASAO/AASHTO Standing Committee on Aviation reviews aviation policy and makes recommendations to both AASHTO’s and NASAO’s Board of Directors. The committee also identifies and reports on federal regulatory mandates of national concern and operates as a forum to exchange information regarding aviation issues.
The committee is made up of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary as well as four members from each AASHTO region (two of which are proposed by NASAO). Members are appointed by the AASHTO President to four-year terms. Reappointment is possible at the discretion of the ASSHTO President.
Chair: Paul A. Mattox, Jr., West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Vice Chair: John C. Eagerton, IV, Bureau Chief, Aeronautics Bureau, Alabama Department of Transportation
The NASAO Air Service Committee reviews and recommends NASAO’s position on air service issues, including the Essential Air Service Program and the Small Community Air Service Development Program, as they impact the states and their citizens.
Chair: Cassandra Isackson, Administrator, Aeronautics Division, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Realizing a workforce of trained and skilled professionals is essential to the health of the aviation community NASAO has been working under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration since 1997 to coordinate aviation outreach initiatives.
Chair: Victor Bird, Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
The NASAO Airspace Committee monitors issues related to enroute and terminal control including navigational aids (navaids) technology, evaluates and develops NASAO’s priorities on critical navigation and approach issues, and works with the FAA and aviation industry to address these issues.
Chair: Ashish Solanki, Director, Office of Regional Aviation Assistance, Maryland Aviation Administration
The NASAO Block Grant Task Group promotes the voluntary expansion of the state block grant program, works towards increased flexibility in state administration of the program, acts as a forum for resolving common state issues, and serves as a resource to share with existing block grant states and to educate new states entering the state block grant program. The committee works under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Chair: Mike Trout, Director, Office of Aeronautics, Michigan Department of Transportation
The NASAO Communication Committee is tasked with promoting information exchange, emphasizing public awareness, understanding, and education regarding the importance of the national aviation system to the health, economic development and quality of life for our communities.
The NASAO Engineering and Planning Task Group monitors aviation engineering issues, evaluates and develops NASAO’s comments on critical engineering issues, and works with the FAA and the aviation industry to address these technical concerns on behalf of the NASAO membership.
Chair: Thomas M. Booth, Jr., Director, Aeronautics Division, Mississippi Department of Transportation
The NASAO Events Task Group develops policy for NASAO events including the Annual Convention and Tradeshow and Washington Legislative Conference as well as NASAO’s participation in the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Chair: David M. Greene, Bureau of Aeronautics, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
The NASAO Finance Committee prepares the budget, proposes the revenue allocation for the forthcoming fiscal year, and recommends its adoption to the executive committee and the board of directors for approval. The committee has general fiscal oversight responsibilities and other fiscal duties as assigned by the chairman.
Chair: Brad Brandt, Director, Aviation Section, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development
The NASAO Land Use Committee works in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration through a Memorandum of Understanding to establish positive coordination in an effort to prevent land use decisions that may reduce the safe and efficient use of airspace. This collaboration also protects against the encroachment of airports by incompatible land uses across the country. The committee disseminates compatible land use guidance to airports, consultants and planning organizations and acts as a clearing-house for the exchange of best practices from the states.
Chair: Michael Klein, A.A.E., Manager, Multi Modal Planning Division – Aeronautics Group, Arizona Department of Transportation
The NASAO Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for the drafting and implementing the legislative activities of the organization. Annually, the committee recommends a legislative agenda to the NASAO Executive Committee that represents the needs of the states and the public interest in the national aviation system. Learn more about NASAO’s legislative agenda.
Co-chair: John C. Eagerton, IV, D.P.A., Bureau Chief, Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau;
Victor N. Bird, Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
The FAA/NASAO Intergovernmental Oversight Committee coordinates the efforts established under the FAA/NASAO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) including creating a team to implement the partnership efforts and coordinating aviation resources and mutual areas of concern. This coordination helps both the FAA and the states in accomplishing their mission to advance and encourage the development of aviation within their respective areas of responsibility. The committee is composed of the NASAO Executive Committee and the chairmen of the individual MOU committees. Learn more about NASAO’s Memorandums of Understanding.
Chair: Debbie Alke, Administrator, Aeronautics Division, Montana Department of Transportation
The NASAO General Aviation Airport Strategic Plan Task Group plays an integral part in the Federal Aviation Administration Airport System Strategic Evaluation Task (ASSET), a top-down review of the general aviation airport system.
Chair: John C. Eagerton, IV, D.P.A., Bureau Chief, Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau
Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration the NASAO NextGen Committee determines which NextGen areas they wish to impact and craft an effective process for information dissemination that engages the states in the promotion, facilitation and implementation of the NextGen system.
Chair: David M. Greene, Bureau of Aeronautics, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
The NASAO Nominations Committee is responsible for presenting their nominations for national officers to the NASAO membership during the annual business meeting. By tradition, the nominations committee is composed of the five most recent past chairman.
Chair: Tommy Booth, Director, Aeronautics Division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation
The NASAO Security Committee offers recommendations and guidance to the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Office of Homeland Security for developing national policy and appropriate standards of airport security for public-use general aviation airports.
Chair: David Ulane, Director, Division of Aeronautics, Colorado Department of Transportation
FAA and NASAO will explore methods of working collaboratively to provide information on current and proposed UAS rules and authorization of UAS operations, enhance infromation sharing and increase awareness of UAS activities within the states.
Chair: Randy Burdette, Director, Virginia Department of Aviation
Drone Regulation by Local Governments (Alabama Presentation by Dr. John Eagerton)
Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration, the NASAO NextGen Committee engages the states to work with their respective general aviation airports to increase wildlife strike reporting and data gathering, and to ultimately implement an effective and uniform wildlife strike reporting and data gathering process for general aviation airports across the U.S.
Chair: Paul G. Werts, Deputy Director, South Carolina Aeronautic Commission, State Budget and Control Board