Category Archives: FAA Reauthorization

Our Timeline + #AvGeek Photo Challenge = Your Turn To Shoot Airport Pics!

As most social media geeks know, Facebook is set to drop its new Timeline For Pages update on all business pages this week. While we have lots of stuff that we could put into our new Timeline cover slot (some of them would even comply with the no-advertising guidelines that Facebook has set out…), we think we have an even cooler idea.

In short, we want to feature your photos of your airports as our Timeline cover.

The process is pretty simple:

1) Next time you’re at or near an airport, take some pictures.

2) Send us the coolest one you have, keeping in mind that the Timeline cover is a landscape shot that must be 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall (Don’t worry–we can re-size the image for you), and there will be a rectangular cut-out at the bottom-left where the profile image is. You can send the pictures to me at, and please be sure to note what airport is depicted. (We’ve love to have some behind-the-scenes shots from our members–just don’t violate any rules getting ’em!)

3) We’ll pick the ones we like, add the airport’s name and yours to the photo, and set it as our cover. (Check out a sample below and on our Facebook page now–it’s of my backyard airport, and while HEF is awesome, no, it’s not that great of a pic. Consider it motivation to get snapping…)

Manassas Regional Airport

That’s it! No prizes (beyond the satisfaction of being atop the AAAE Facebook page for a bit) and no hard-and-fast rules. We’re not even sure how long we’ll keep the images up there. If we get a bunch of great ones, we may swap them out quite often. If we find one we love, we may leave it up until Congress raises the PFC cap. There’s just no telling. Bottom line–we want to get some cool airport photos up there, and we want our members and other airport aficionados to supply them.

Looking for an aviation photo initiative with a little more structure? I recommend the #AvGeek Photo Challenge, which is running all April long. Every day has a theme (4/17 = an airport you love! 4/18 = there is no such thing!). Just point, shoot, upload, and tweet using the #avgeekphoto hashtag. No competition, no prizes — just a great idea from one Stephanie Gehman (@airport_girl) to get some cool aviation photos flying through the Twitterverse.

Looking forward to seeing lots of cool aviation photos, and putting some of them in AAAE’s Facebook-ville!

Mica Keynote Tops Off Airport Finance Conference Agenda

Each late winter for more than two decades, airport finance and administration professionals have gathered somewhere in AAAE’s Southeast Chapter region–usually in Florida–to talk about what’s going on that is relevant to them. This week, the event–tucked neatly between The Great American Race and Bike Week–rolled into Daytona.
John Mica With Daytona International Airport Team
Besides being home to a wonderful airport and a pretty well-known aviation university, Daytona also is in Florida’s 7th Congressional District. Hill wonks know that for the last two decades, Florida’s 7th has been synonymous with one name: John Mica.

Mica helped make a stellar agenda even better by agreeing to keynote the 23rd Annual Airport Finance & Administration Conference, kicking off Monday’s proceedings with a 30-minute, impromptu discussion of what’s happening—and what should be happening–aviation-wise, in Washington.

Mica, who is chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, touched on the long-awaited and recently completed FAA Reauthorization bill. While expressing satisfaction the the bill’s mere existence (the industry went four years and 23 extensions without a long-term bill), he lamented the hold on the $4.50 PFC cap.

“It is unfair not to adjust that,” Mica told a packed ballroom of 185, including representatives from about 70 airports. “Airlines did the wrong thing in their opposition…We have to expand the infrastructure that you [airport leaders] are all responsible for.” (We couldn’t have said it better ourselves–though we’ve tried.)

While the bill is finalized, Mica noted that he “doesn’t think the [PFC] issue is dead.”

Mica also touted one of his champion causes–NextGen. Moving forward isn’t simply a necessity for our National Airspace System, he said–it’s a huge driver in helping keep the U.S. aerospace industry’s stature as a global leader.

“The aviation industry actually accounts for the largest percent of our exports,” Mica reminded attendees. “Whoever wins NextGen ATC development will lead the world, and that will create business for decades and generations. So there’s a lot at stake in getting this done, and getting it done right.”

(Photo, from left to right: Daytona Beach International Airport (DBIA) Finance Manager Tammy Maron, Congressman John Mica (R-FL), DBIA Director of Aviation & Economic Resources Rick Karl, and DBIA Director of Airport Services Karen Feaster. DBIA officials secured Mica to speak at this week’s AAAE/Southeast Chapter AAAE Airport Finance & Administration conference, which the airport hosted.)