Operations & Technical Affairs Committee

The ACI-NA Operations & Technical Affairs Committee is the forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs that relate to airport safety planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Members of the committee focus their efforts on: airfield and ramp safety, including safety management systems (SMS); terminal, apron, airfield and roadway design; satellite navigation and other next generation air traffic control system enhancements (NextGen); impacts of new large aircraft; winter operations; airspace obstruction evaluation and control; pavement design, construction and maintenance; signage; lighting; airfield markings; airport maintenance systems; and airport safety technology research and development.

Committee members assist staff with the development of legislative recommendations, responses to regulatory proposals, and coordination with industry/government working groups and task forces.  They also serve as industry representatives to a variety of aviation organizations including the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Joint Program Development Office (JPDO) for the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System.

The Operations & Technical Affairs Committee has working groups for:


2015 Chair
Emily Underhill
Division Director - Development
Lee County Port Authority

Committee Secretaries
Paul Eubanks
(202) 293-8500

Wayne Harvey
(613) 560-9302

Richard Marchi
(202) 293-8500

Chris Oswald
(202) 293-8500

Upcoming Events

  • October 4, 2015 - October 7, 2015 - Long Beach, CA
    Join ACI-NA in Long Beach, CA for the premier event that offers unparalleled education and networking opportunities for the leadership of North America's airports. The conference will allow attendees the chance to discover the latest trends in...
  • December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015 - Washington, DC
    Airport planning and the environmental evaluation and permitting processes that follow are complex and multifaceted enterprises that demand a wide variety of specialized knowledge, technical skills, and managerial acumen. ACC and ACI-NA are proud to...
  • April 19, 2016 - April 21, 2016 - Austin, TX
    The Operations & Technical Affairs conference is a cannot miss event for airport operations, safety, planning, and engineering professionals. The conference will feature interactive working group breakout sessions, a host of in-depth panel...
  • September 25, 2016 - September 28, 2016 - Montreal, QC
    The ACI-NA/World Conference and Exhibition is the premier event for aviation industry professionals.  Come to this conference to partake in first class educational sessions with some of the best leaders in the industry. This is also a joint...