Civilian/Military Airport Connection

CMAC Professional Workshop - April 22, 2021, 1230-1630 ET
ACE Airfield Operations Certification Course - April 26-29, 2021, 1000-1700 ET


The Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC) helps separating military personnel and new veterans acclimate from managing military airfields to the dynamic and complex commercial-use airport environment. The course will be split in two parts:

The CMAC Professional Workshop on April 22, will provide an introduction to the commercial airport world giving attendees a grasp of the different missions and complexities of civilian airport operations. The focus will be on the significant differences and similarities, between military airport operations versus civilian, as well as civilian cultures, expectations and pitfalls. Another critical component of this workshop is a discussion on how to approach the job market, including translating military experience into civilian language on a resume, so HR representatives will recognize that candidates have the requisite skills for the job. 

The ACE Airfield Operations Course, April 26-29, offers the attendees the opportunity to earn the AAAE Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations certification. Attendees will learn about civilian airfield operations and Part 139 regulations. Having this designation shows a civilian employer that a candidate understands commercial airport operations and helps reduce any period of adaptation or adjustment. The ACE Operations certification is highly recognized across the aviation industry and gives those certified an edge in the job market. Attendees must pass a 100-question multiple-choice exam with a 70% or higher to earn the ACE Ops designation.

Why attend?

  1. Ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian airport operations.
  2. Apply new airport operational techniques learned from this course to your current position.
  3. Earn a prestigious designation and become a part of an elite group of aviation professionals.
  4. Learn about the various career paths in airport management and what you need to know before choosing your path.
  5. Find out how to frame your resume so airport HR representatives will see that you have the requisite skills for the job. 

Contact the Training Department for more information. 


Download the registration form and submit it to to reserve your seat! Space is limited.

Pricing is as follows:

CMAC Professional Workshop ONLY


ACE Operations Course ONLY


 BOTH CMAC Workshop and ACE Operations Course


*Fee includes the ACE Airfield Operations Program enrollment and exam fee of $410, which is reimbursable through the GI Bill. Contact Amy Calliari to request a receipt for the program fee.
Payment is not due at time of registration, but you will need to submit your registration form to reserve a space in the class. Payment is due April 22. 

CMAC Workshop Agenda

April 22, 2021

12:30—2:30 pm ET

Navigating Civilian Airport Operations

This session will provide an introduction to the commercial airport world giving attendees a grasp of the different missions and complexities of civilian airport operations. The focus will be on the significant differences and similarities, between military airport operations versus civilian, as well as civilian cultures, expectations and pitfalls.

4/22/2021 12:30:00 PM4/22/2021 2:30:00 PM
2:30—4:30 pm ET

Career Development

This session will offer insight on how to approach the job market, including how to de-militarize resumes showing potential employers and HR representatives that candidates have the requisite skills for a career in civil aviation. Attendees will also learn about various careers in airport management and how to position themselves for those positions.

4/22/2021 2:30:00 PM12/22/2020 4:30:00 PM


Mr. James R. Nilo, C.M., ACE

Chief Operating Officer
JRN Consulting
Bowling Green, VA

Chief (Ret.) James “Jim” Nilo, C.M., ACE Jim started his airport career as a Crash Fire Rescue crewman in the United State Marine Corps in 1984. While serving on active duty he also became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Northern Virginia. At the end of his tour of duty in the Marines, Jim went to work for the newly created Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and was stationed at the Washington National Airport. In late 1990, Jim continued his career and went to work for the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Services in a municipal role. During this time Jim became highly involved with local fire training and also became an Adjunct Instructor for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs where he continues to teach as a part time instructor to this day. Jim’s passion for training was strong and in 1994 he began working full time for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs as a regional training manager where he coordinated state sponsored training programs for over 30 localities. Part of his duties included course development and with his ARFF background he worked on the development of the states ARFF Program where he was instrumental in the acquisition of Virginia’s first mobile aircraft live fire trainer, the first of its kind. Jim was later moved to the Richmond office where he ran the ARFF program and coordinated much of the training program development for the Agency. During this time Jim was recognized for his work in the ARFF field and received several awards including Virginia Aviation Person of the Year in 1998. Near the end of 1999, Jim accepted a position with the Capital Region Airport Commission as the Fire Chief for the Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia. Post 9/11 the ARFF department was needed to perform many airport operations functions and in 2004 Jim’s job duties were greatly expanded to include oversight and management of the airports ARFF, Communications, Grounds, Equipment Maintenance, Communications, and Operations Departments. With this expanded role Jim supervised much of the airports daily operation which included many safety and security related duties. Jim held the position of ARFF Chief and Airport Operations Manager at RIC for the next 13 years and retired from active public service in early 2016. Jim is the founding partner in JRN Consulting, a firm specializing in Airport Operations, ARFF, OEM, Safety, and Security for airports. Jim has attained numerous airport plus Fire and EMS certifications and has even taught at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His service career included involvement in many organizations such as the Virginia Fire Services Council, National Fire Protection Association, and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) where Jim was a board member and one time Chairman. Jim and his wife and Malcom the Great Dane and River the Lab reside just south of Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Mr. Dan G. Sprinkle, A.A.E., MBA

Sprinkle Aviation
Aurora, CO

Dan Sprinkle is the owner of Sprinkle Aviation, LLC, providing aviation related training and consulting. Dan is an Associate with ADK Consulting & Executive Search providing executive level services to airports and those who support them. He r3ecently retired from the City and County of Denver as the V.P. of Operations. Dan has more than 30 years in the aviation industry, 25 years of that with the Denver International Airport. Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Dan worked in various sectors of the aviation industry to include the Airlines, FBO’s and the U.S. Air Force.His formal education includes an MBA from Regis University, a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Airframe and Powerplant license from the FAA.Through AAAE, he completed the ACE - Ops course, the C.M. and recently completed the requirements for obtaining the A.A.E. Dan devotes a lot of his time to his two sons including sports and Boy Scouts.