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American Association of Airport Executives

AAAE is the largest professional organization for airport executives in the world, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public use airports nationwide. The American Association of Airport Executives' primary goal is to assist airport executives in fulfilling their responsibilities to the airports and communities they serve.

AAAE membership is truly representative of airport management throughout the country. It places equal emphasis on large and small airport concerns, reflecting a membership comprised of executives from large and medium size airports, as well as hundreds of managers from smaller airports used exclusively by general aviation or commuter airlines.

AAAE was founded in 1928 to represent airport management throughout the United States. Each year since its founding, AAAE has held an annual meeting to bring airport managers together to discuss the latest problems and issues facing the industry.

In 1954, the annual conference expanded to include exhibitors of airport services, products and equipment. The most important event for AAAE, however, was the formal adoption of a professional standards accreditation program in 1954. Since that time, no one has been awarded Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) status without meeting the requirements established by the Board of Directors.

Since 1954, AAAE has sponsored a professional Accreditation Program for airport executives, who are affiliate members of AAAE. The professional membership requirements consist of an original management paper on some phase of airport management, a comprehensive written test and an oral examination on a level comparable to other professional certifications. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the Accredited Airport Executive is admitted to the membership as an executive member and may use the initials A.A.E. after his/her name.

AAAE has members at primary air carrier airports, which enplane 99% of the airline passengers across the nation, as well as at many of the smaller commercial service, reliever and general aviation airports. Since its inception in 1928, AAAE has continued to move forward and grow, not only in size but in expertise. As the premier association of airport executives in the world, AAAE has a voice that is heard in the industry and in government-and that means strength for you, the professional airport executive.


  • Street: 601 Madison Street
  • Postcode: 22314
  • City: Alexandria
  • State: VA


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Member Organizations

Members of the NCASE are aviation-related groups, organizations and businesses recognizing the importance of aviation education. Education projects contribute toward an informed and interested public, which is a vital factor in the continued welfare of all aviation activities. For information on how to become a member, CLICK HERE




Our Guide provides a valuable interactive list of groups showing how you can find the books, videos, and the many other resources they have for you!
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Our newsletters provide a way for you and your organization to share your news with the entire community of aviation and aerospace educators.  See what everyone is doing!
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The aerospace and aviation industry offers a multitude of challenging careers for pilots, engineers, scientists, mechanics, teachers, researchers, designers and other professionals.
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Here is a list of award opportunities, with information provided by our Members.  Contact each Member directly with your questions or interests in their awards.  Full contact information is in our NCASE GUIDE.  Now accepting nominations for the Strickler and Crown Circle Awards.  Deadline October 15, 2019.
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