Connections – August 2, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:

This week we are participating in the 8th Annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports from August 1-3. During this training government and industry experts provide free training and regulatory updates on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE/ACDBE) program, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), Environmental Justice (EJ), American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other civil rights policies and regulations.
The FAA's Office of Civil Rights is proactive in preventing discrimination within the aviation industry. This conference is a vehicle that allows AMAC to connect and collaborate with participants to generate greater compliance with federal requirements. Stay up to date on the latest FAA news by clicking here!





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

Upcoming Events

Airport Imaginary Surfaces 101

This ACC Institute 101 online training program provides an overview of activities and construction near airports and meeting FAA criteria to prevent obstructions to flight operations.

ACC Institute Online Training
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Terminal 1 Concession Program Networking Session

This fall, the San Francisco Airport Commission will be issuing the Terminal 1 Concession Program Requests for Proposals ("RFPs") for approximately 15 food & beverage and 17 retail locations. In preparation for the release of the Terminal 1 RFPs, Revenue Development and Management is holding a networking session wherein which larger airport concessionaires can set up tables and meet with local and small businesses. Please note that space is limited to 10 concessionaires.

Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and Library
San Francisco International Airport
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 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

Scholar Spotlight: Carlos Alberto Medina

"Receiving this scholarship humbles me, because no person succeeds without the help of others. In this case, the AMAC Foundation is my help and I am grateful for their support in helping me achieve my dream of becoming a professional pilot."
Carlos Medina is a student at California Baptist University pursuing a degree in Aviation Flight.


membership corner

Catalyst Awards and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Over her 35-year career with the federal government, Mamie Mallory, Assistant Administrator for Civil Rights (ACR) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has earned a host of accolades, awards and honors from organizations for outstanding advocacy.  But, she considers her recent Catalyst Award from the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) of special importance.

DEN Begins Construction on Baggage Handling System Modifications

Denver International Airport (DEN) is beginning work on a project that will modify its baggage handling system to allow greater flexibility in airline operations.



The $1 Billion Plan to Improve Portland's Airport

It may be one of the nation's favorite airports, but Portland International wants to spend more than $1 billion on an upgrade to tackle problems that have been creeping up over a number of years.


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

U.S. DOT Announces $185.8 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 62 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration will award $185.8 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to 62 airports.


The Pilot Shortage Is Real and Airlines Must Change Before It Becomes a Crisis

Last month, Horizon Air, the Seattle-based affiliate of Alaska Airlines and one of the country's biggest regional carriers, announced it would be forced to reduce its busy summer schedule due to a dearth of pilots.


The Airports of the Future Are Here

Goodbye parking decks, baggage claim, and queues. Hello retinal scans and indoor rain forests. These infrastructure investments and technologies will, in theory, allow airports to largely eradicate the dreaded waiting.


FAA Saved $36 Million Through Shared Services

The FAA's technology budget is $340 million and unlike many agencies, it is actually saving tens of millions of dollars and giving it back to the mission areas.


legislative update

White House: Infrastructure Bill Remains Trump Priority

President Trump remains committed to working with Congress on a massive infrastructure bill said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The reassurance from the White House comes as GOP leaders have signaled that the timeline for Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure package, which has yet to be unveiled and will likely slip to next year.


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