Connections – July 5, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:

It's that time of year when many of us look forward to spending time with loved ones and, of course, fireworks! As we continue to celebrate Independence Day, let us not forget the true meaning and extreme sacrifices our founding fathers made so we could be free.

For nearly two and a half centuries, our nation has continued to serve as a beacon of hope for all those who have ever yearned to be free. At AMAC we acknowledge "That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Independence Day is a day to celebrate our freedom, specifically the freedom to govern ourselves.

Even in the midst of sharp political divide, we must unite and remember the foundation of freedom this country was built on - liberty, equality and self-governance. As Congress debates reauthorizing federal aviation programs, I encourage you to get involved and join the discussion during our Government Affairs Committee Monthly Call tomorrow Thursday, July 6 at 10 am.  If interested in participating, please contact our Government Affairs Committee liaison, Rod Hall, at at


I hope that you will join us.


Krystal J. Brumfield
President & CEO
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Upcoming Events

8th Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports

Government and Industry experts will be providing FREE training, guidance, technical assistance, and regulatory updates in the following airport civil rights program areas: Airport Accessibility, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and Title VI including Limited English Proficiency/Environmental Justice

Holiday Inn Capitol
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Supplier Diversity Day

Broward College has partnered with the State of Florida Department of Management Services to bring this special event that will feature panel discussions to address barriers faced by small, minority and women-owned businesses in public contracting and matchmaking; plus networking one-on-one sessions with exhibitors.

Omni Auditorium Broward College North Campus
Friday, August 25, 2017
11 am - 3:15 pm


foundation focus

The Women of Hidden Figures

We honored the trailblazers Christine Mann DardenMary JacksonKatherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn portrayed in the award-winning film Hidden Figures at our Hidden Figures Jazz Brunch during our 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight in Houston, Texas.



membership corner

HMSHost Promotes Host2Coast App with Pepper the Robot at U.S. Airports

HMSHost is bringing Pepper, the 4-foot-tall humanoid robot, on a North American airport tour to attract and engage travelers and encourage them to download the airport dining app, Host2Coast.

Port of Seattle Commission approves more dining and retail opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport

Port of Seattle Commissioners this week authorized the Port to move forward with a competitive selection process for 21 dining and retail opportunities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Access Your New Prescription Drug Savings Card Today

We're happy to present you with a new member benefit - a WellCardRx prescription drug savings card for each of our members. You can use it by printing the card or simply downloading the app for your smartphone.
Whether you have insurance or not, this prescription discount card can be beneficial, especially if you have a high deductible to pay on your insurance plan. It's not insurance, but it can give you significant savings on your prescriptions and more. Your WellCardRx discount card features:
  • Instant savings on most prescription drugs
  • Access to more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide
  • All family members can use the card
  • No limits and no expiration date
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Bonus savings on dental and hearing care
To take advantage of this new benefit, get your card here:

For more information, click here or contact Tom Wyss at or 804.273.9797 x2000.


aviation news

DHS Announces Aviation Security Enhancements

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced enhanced security screening measures for all international commercial flights to the United States. These new security measures will take the place of a laptop ban in the cabins of aircraft, which was previously imposed on flights from select countries.

United Airlines Takes New Steps to Elevate Customer Experience at Bush Intercontinental Airport

United Airlines announced that this fall, they will take steps to elevate the customer experience at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport by offering shorter, more convenient connection times and better access to more destinations.

The FAA is Examining Ways to Identify Drones in the Air and Their Owners

A committee created by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held the first of a series of meeting with companies and government bodies to discuss remote identification solutions for drones.

legislative update

House and Senate Release Competing Aviation Authorization Bills

On Thursday June 29th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved with bipartisan support a bill to reauthorize federal aviation programs for four years. After the adoption of several amendments to a manger's package, the bill was advanced unanimously by voice vote. The measure, which chose to exclude language that would privatize ATC operations, was moved through committee with little contention and now moves to a floor vote. Amendments adopted into the underlying bill included language to develop an airline passengers bill or rights, permit the use of PFC funds for security purposes, allow for different ways of accumulating 1,500 hours of flight training, expand waiver authority and extend UAS test site programs, allow for remote tower programs within the Contract Tower program, strengthen consumer protections for passengers with disabilities, and require a rule making on supersonic travel.


jobs/BIDS board

The AMAC Job/Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active upcoming job openings and bid opportunities across the country. If you represent a government, public or private organization that would like to post opportunities, click here or contact us at