Press Release Article


Date: May 05, 2004
Press Release Number: 56-2004

The Port Authority, in partnership with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), today awarded scholarships to four outstanding Queens students to attend ACE Operations courses at the Aviation Institute at York College. The scholarships were presented at a reception marking Queens Aviation Education Month, which runs throughout May.

The students will join Port Authority employees to participate in the Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations course, to better understand the aviation regulations that make airfields safer and more efficient. The course trains top-level operations supervisors to enhance their aeronautical operations proficiency. In October and November 2003, Port Authority operations personnel were the first group in the country to complete the inaugural ACE Operations course.

Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota said, “The ACE Operations course is a unique opportunity for our staff to study airport operations, safety and certification. Through rigorous instruction, they learn the latest regulations and techniques on subjects ranging from airfield signage and markings to emergency planning. Their success rate demonstrates our front line supervisors’ keen knowledge of airport operations and federal aviation requirements. Port Authority operations personnel are among the most qualified airport professionals in the world.”

York College Aviation Institute Director Dr. Maxine Lubner said, “The ACE Operations course represents a tremendous opportunity for our students to gain real-world knowledge and build relationships with industry experts. We thank the Port Authority for generously extending its support to establish the College’s Aviation Institute and provide students with the opportunity to excel in their fields.”

College of Aeronautics President Dr. James Fitzpatrick said, “We are pleased to have one of our talented students participate in the ACE Operations program. The Port Authority is a dedicated partner, and has been particularly supportive of our airport management program. Its staff has provided valuable guidance regarding the College’s curriculum, developed on-airport internships for students, and now welcomes our students to participate in valuable airport training. We look forward to providing the Port Authority and airports across the country with the next generation of superior airport managers.”

Scholarship awardees were nominated by their respective institutions and selected for exceptional academic achievement. The Port Authority, in partnership with the AAAE, will provide each student with a $1,600 scholarship to cover the cost of the training program, AAAE membership and books. The AAAE also will provide funds to cover the cost of training materials.

The ACE Operations course runs from May 10 to 14, 2004. It requires students to complete 45 hours of classroom training and a written exam to receive certification. The ACE Operations course is one of four new certification programs created by AAAE to train aviation personnel to increase their knowledge and expertise.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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