FAPA is a great introduction to FDOT Aviation Office and Florida’s aviation landscape for those new to the industry as well as for those seeking a refresher.

The FAPA modules include information about the following topics: 

Additional Benefits of Attendance

Completion of the FAPA course is one of the requirements of the Florida Airports Council's Florida Airports Certified Professional (FACP) Program. Additionally, continuing education credits for Professional Engineers (PEs) are available as part of course participation. There will be more information during the course about securing these credits.

The Florida Aviation Professionals Academy (FAPA) was developed to provide relevant academic and technical knowledge to Airport, FDOT, and other professionals regarding FDOT Aviation Office (AO) processes, policies, and operations. Florida has robust aviation-related training programs designed to prepare students in careers such as airfield operations, air traffic control, airlines, air cargo, and flight dispatching. Skillset development in the management and operations of an airport is mostly accomplished through on-the-job training. This training is augmented by either airport management-specific certification programs offered through aviation organizations, such as AAAE and ACI, or through an academic course of study that includes an airport management component.


A longtime resident of Florida, Mike has a BS in Business Administration from Florida State University and is a graduate of the USAF Air University’s, Military Operational Art and Science Program (Master’s Level). Mike is a 22-year veteran of the US Navy where he served as a Naval Aviator and Officer flying tactical helicopters from combatant ships. Mike moved to Tallahassee in 2004 and has worked as a Project Manager for a private software development company, Aircraft Operations Manager for the State Executive Aircraft Fleet, Bureau Chief of the State Vehicle Fleet and Federal Surplus Property programs, and joined the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Office in December 2015 as the Aviation Environmental & Freight Manager. In 2019 Mike was reassigned to the Aviation System Manager position where his major responsibilities include the Florida Aviation System Plan (FASP), management of the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process (CFASPP) program, and management of the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) grant program for aviation projects.

Mike is an FAA licensed and active private pilot with over 3,700 military and civilian flight hours, an FAA licensed Remote Pilot for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), a Certified Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and a Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM). 

Born and raised in Crawfordville, FL, David has a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After graduating, David spent 3 years as a Line Service Professional with Million Air Tallahassee. While working at the FBO, David obtained his Private Pilot’s License and actively sought an Airport Operations position there in Tallahassee. David left working for Million Air to join the Airport Operations team at the Tallahassee International Airport. David spent the next 4 years working as an Airport Operations Agent responding to both airside and landside incidents. Working at a small Part 139 airport exposed David to a wide variety of incidents and situations. The lessons learned over the 4 years in Airport Operations proved to be invaluable.

David has been an employee of the Florida Department of Transportation since 2016. He currently serves as the Airport Inspection and Safety Manager with the Aviation Office. David is responsible for the public airport licensing and inspection program and conducts over 100 airport inspections annually to ensure the airports remain compliant with FDOT’s Airport Licensing requirements. Of those many requirements, he evaluates hundreds of obstructions and analyzes their impact to the airports.

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Andy has a BA from the University of Virginia and retired in 1994 after 20 years as a Naval Flight Officer flying off aircraft carriers. In 1979, he joined a Navy squadron that trains new flight navigators for all multi-crewed naval aircraft. In 1984, he joined the training squadron for his fleet aircraft, the A-6E Intruder, and was qualified as an Instructor Bombardier/Navigator. During this same timeframe, Andy obtained his Private Pilot license and earned the Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor ratings.

Andy has been an employee of the State of Florida for the last twenty-eight years and with the Aviation Office of the Florida Department of Transportation for the last twenty-four, where he works with all the public airports in the state. Andy’s idea since arriving at the Aviation Office has been to develop a course for new FDOT Aviation staff in the Central Office and in the seven district offices, which will instruct them concerning what the Aviation Central Office does to help the FDOT District offices and Florida airports. This same course could help to educate new airport, aviation consultant and FAA staff on the same topic.  This developed recently into what has been named the Florida Aviation Professionals Academy (FAPA).

This fall Kristi will celebrate 20 years with the Florida Department of Transportation.  Kristi holds an AA in Mass Communications and a Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS).  Kristi is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and is working on earning her credentials as a Professional Project Manager (PMP).  Kristi began her tenure with the Department in the Financial Services Office, working her way up from a student level position to Payroll Specialist, Financial Services Accountant, Contract Payment Auditor, and Senior Contract Payment Auditor.  In August of 2006, Kristi joined the Modal Development Office as the Aviation/Intermodal Agency Liaison.  Over the years she has been promoted to Senior Aviation/Intermodal Project Manager.  Kristi is responsible for managing the Aviation and Intermodal Programs for District One, particularly the oversight of airports in Hendry, Lee, Polk, and Sarasota counties.

Kristi has been married to Justin for 18 years and has a son, Jude 14, a daughter, Olive 12, and a black lab, Stanley 3.

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