Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations Review Course 

August 14-17, 2023 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Daily | Live In Person Training


The Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations review course is an overview of the study materials designed to educate and challenge airport personnel with airfield operations responsibilities or anyone interested in a related career.

Please noteEnrollment to the course does not include the ACE Operations Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you must register for the ACE Operations Program Fee separately. 

We are pleased to offer a $100 discounted rate on the ACE Operations Program Fee as part of the Review Course purchase. You will see the discount information as you complete the registration process.
Join us for a four-day training live, led by one of our top instructors
 Chief (Ret.) James “Jim” Nilo, C.M., ACE.

All business sessions will be held at the AAAE Conference Center in the Barclay Building, 601 Madison Street, Third Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, phone 703.824.0500. The review course starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 14, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17. Dress is casual.  

All sessions and food functions will take place in the AAAE Conference Center located on the third floor of the AAAE Headquarters Building directly across the street from the Sheraton Suites Old Town. Each morning you will need to use the buzzer at the front door to enter the building.

Be sure to bring with you the most recent edition of the ACE Operations Modules, writing utensils, highlighters, and a laptop to take the exam on the final day. A course workbook will be provided to you at the start of class. 


$1,100 for active duty military and federal gov't employees; $1,300 for all other registrants.

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Need to register offline? Download the registration form and send to [email protected] once complete.

Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE Operations Program Fee. 
*You MUST  submit the ACE Operations Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

Questions? Contact Cathy Haggerty at 703.797.9009.



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

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.

Duty of Care



Visitor parking is located on the ramp to the underground garage, next to the main entrance on St. Asaph Street. AAAE is a secure building so you will need to ring the doorbell for entry. Once in the first-floor lobby, please be prepared to sign-in at the kiosk and note that you will be asked a series of symptom and exposure questions related to COVID-19 including whether or not you have been vaccinated.  Your responses will determine your ability to enter the building.  Once the sign-in process is complete, having been notified of your ability to enter, the AAAE staff person you are visiting will be notified and will then come meet you in the lobby to escort you around the building.

To avoid an issue with being admitted to the building please do not come to the building if you are not vaccinated or if you are experiencing, or within the 10 days prior have experienced, symptoms associated with COVID-19. You also should not come to the building if you believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by any government, state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for your treatment.  In addition, you should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to contact AAAE if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for the COVID-19 virus within 10 days after participating in the event. Any private health or personal data that may be received by AAAE in connection with such measures and precautions will be treated as confidentially as possible.

Recommended Hotel: 
Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (a Marriott brand), 801 N. Saint Asaph, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone 703.836.4700.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided by and take place at AAAE. 

ACE Operations Agenda


Day 1, ACE Operations, Module 1 and 2

08:00 – 08:30     Introduction to ACE Program

08:30 – 09:00     Module 1, Introduction to FAR Part 139 and the Airport Certification Manual

09:00 – 09:45     FAR Part 139 Subpart A, B, and C

09:45 – 10:00     Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00     The Importance of the Self Inspections Program and Miscellaneous Documents, Plans, and Factors related to FAR Par 139 Airport Operations

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 14:00     Module 2, FAR Part 139 Subpart D

14:00 – 14:30     139.301 Records, 139.303 Personnel

14:30 – 14:45     Afternoon Break

14:45 – 17:00     139.305 Paved area, 139.307 Unpaved areas, and 139.309 Safety Areas

Day 2, ACE Operations, Module 2 and 3

08:00 – 09:45     139.311 Markings, Signs, and Lighting

09:45 – 10:00     Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00     139.313 Snow and Ice Control, and ARFF

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 14:00     Module 3, 139.321 Handling and storing of hazardous substances and materials

14:00 – 14:30     139.323 Traffic and wind direction indicators

14:30 – 14:45     Afternoon Break

14:45 – 17:00     139.325 Airport emergency plan 139.329 Pedestrians and ground vehicles

Day 3, ACE Operations, Module 3

08:00 – 09:00     139.331 Obstructions

09:00 – 09:45     139.333 Protection of NAVAIDS

09:45 – 10:00     Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00     139.335 Public protection

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 17:00     139.337 Wildlife hazard management and 139.339 Airport condition reporting

Day 4, ACE Operations, Module 3

08:00 – 09:45     139.341 Identifying, marking, and lighting construction and other unserviceable areas

09:45 – 10:00     Morning Break

10:00 – 11:00     139.343 Noncomplying conditions

11:00 – 12:00     Review

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 16:00     Proctored ACE Operations Examination