Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations Virtual Training

June 3-6, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Daily | Live ONLINE Training









About the Course

The Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations virtual series 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 Virtual Training 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.


Jim Nilo

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

JRN Consulting

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.

Course Agenda

Click below for full agenda. Subject to change. Please check back for updates.


You acknowledge that in registering for and attending this AAAE event, you agree to adhere to the cancellation policy noted below, AAAE's Duty of Care, and AAAE's Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions.


$1,100 for active duty military and federal gov't employees; $1300 for all other registrants.

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.

Need to register offline? Download the registration form and send to once complete.

Questions? Contact the Training Department at

Hotel & Travel

Desoto Hotel

Hotel Accommodations

All events (except where noted in the agenda) are being held at the Desoto Savannah, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA; phone 866.810.5325. We have secured two separate room blocks. The first room block is for all Non-Federal or Non-Military attendees. You will receive a special rate of $239 single/double, plus tax. The second room block is a per-diem rate for Federal and Military attendees. You will receive a special government per diem rate of $147 single/double, plus tax. Please note, you must provide appropriate documentation at check-in or you will be charged the higher rate.

The last day to receive either of these discounted rates Thursday, March 14, 2024. Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early. You can call the hotel directly at 866.810.5325 and tell them you are with the Industrial Aviation Workshop or book online directly using the following links:

Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC)

What is CMAC?

The Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC) program helps separating military personnel and new veterans acclimate from managing military airfields to the dynamic and complex commercial-use airport environment.

There are four components to the program:

  1. Professional transition workshop
  2. One airport certification course - choice of ACE Airfield Operations or Certified Member (C.M.)
  3. One year membership in AAAE
  4. Airport job shadowing


Program Benefits:

  • Ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian airport operations and management.
  • Earn the Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Airfield Operations certification or Certified Member (C.M.), that will put you ahead of other candidates for potential jobs.
  • Network with airport executives around the country through communities and events.
  • Explore various airport positions through the shadow program.
  • Receive discounts on other AAAE trainings and events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Extend your reach and maximize exposure to a powerful audience by sponsoring the Industrial Aviation and Military Operations Workshop. From the opening networking reception, to breaks, lunches, and sessions, we have multiple tiers of sponsorships available. Your sponsorship will reinforce brand loyalty and show potential clients your company is a major player in the industry. Sponsorships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so act now before these opportunities sell out!

Don’t let your competition get all the attention, become a sponsor today!

Available Opportunities



Wi-Fi Sponsorship
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00



Wednesday, March 27


Airbase Tour Transportation
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Networking Reception
Exclusive Sponsorship: $2,500.00
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 28


Continental Breakfast
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

AM Refreshment Break
Exclusive Sponsorship: $750.00
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

PM Refreshment Break
Exclusive Sponsorship: $750.00
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Friday, March 29


Continental Breakfast
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM

Grab and Go Lunch
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


Questions? Contact Us!

Training Department
703.824.0500 Option 4