Agenda

The agenda below is subject to change and will be updated soon. We encourage interested participants to check back often for updates.

All sessions listed are in Pacific Time (PT) and this event will be held in-person at the Renaissance Seattle in Seattle, Washington.

Please review the latest updates on CLE information as well. 

Date/TimeEvent
9:30—10:15 am PT

Registration


Madison Foyer

10/2/2022 9:30:00 AM10/2/2022 10:15:00 AM
10:15—10:30 am PT

Welcome


Madison Ballroom


Speakers
Justin Barkowski, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, AAAE

Steve Osit, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

10/2/2022 10:15:00 AM10/2/2022 10:30:00 AM
10:30—11:30 am PT

Fundamentals #1 - An Introduction to Airport Law

This session provides an introduction both to the workshop and to airport law generally. Presenters will provide an engaging and not-too-serious introduction on how airport law is different from aviation law, the law governing other transportation modes, or more general municipal law. This session explores the way the federal government (especially the FAA) regulates airports and the activities of airport proprietors, primarily through federal grant agreements. Attendees can expect a discussion of the authority of the federal government and local governments with an emphasis on understanding where federal regulation is pervasive, where legal authority is shared, and where there is only limited federal regulatory oversight. It introduces common terms and legal relationships among the various stakeholders and provides background for new attendees at the workshop and attendees experienced in airport management but new to the field of airport law. This session is essential for attendees new to the field.
Madison Ballroom


Speakers
Katie van Heuven, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Sarah Wilbanks, Associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

10/2/2022 10:30:00 AM10/2/2022 11:30:00 AM
11:30 am PT—1:15 pm PT

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Ms. Gheisar, the Senior Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Port of Seattle, will discuss the importance of DEI in the airport environment. She is deeply passionate about creating systemic, transformational change, and has a proven track record of grounding her work within communities that are most impacted by racial and economic inequities. This presentation will offer strategic advice for airport professionals (with a focus, of course, on lawyers) in ensuring that their work is sensitive to communities of color.
Madison Ballroom


Speaker
Bookda Gheisar, Senior Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Port of Seattle

10/2/2022 11:30:00 AM10/2/2022 1:15:00 PM
1:15—2:15 pm PT

Advanced Topics in Airport Finance (Debt Financing, Bond Financing and Other Financial Tools)

This session takes a deep dive into the available sources of capital funding for airport capital projects and the various legal issues that arise from accessing these funding sources. This session assumes a familiarity with the law applicable to airport finances and, with that background, provides an overview of these complex issues. Most large capital programs rely on the use of multiple sources of funds, and these must be coordinated to ensure that airport sponsors are able to maximize funding for eligible project elements. We also discuss trade-offs of using bond or other debt financing and privatizing elements of the capital program, including risk-shifting and -sharing and how these sources are affected by the use of AIP grants, PFCs and other available sources of funding. This is an interactive session where questions and insights from attendees are welcome.
Superior/Federal


Speakers
Dave Bannard, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Adam Giuliano, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

10/2/2022 1:15:00 PM10/2/2022 2:15:00 PM
1:15—2:15 pm PT

Fundamentals #2 - Regulation of Airport Finances

Local government lawyers are often surprised to learn of the fundamentally different structure for airport finances than for other government departments of functions. Understanding the permissible sources and uses of funds for airports is one of the foundations of airport law. This session offers an introduction to the unique federal legal requirements and contractual obligations which constrain how airports generate revenue and how airport sponsors can use airport funds. The focus will be on the legal principles and sources of law rather than on financial tools for airport financial decision-making. As a basic session, it provides the foundation for later sessions on the financial and business relationships among airport sponsors and their tenants, users and customers and federal regulators.
Madison Ballroom


Speakers
Peter Kirsch, Esq., Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Dan Benzon, Executive Vice President, Landrum & Brown, Inc.

10/2/2022 1:15:00 PM10/2/2022 2:15:00 PM
2:15—2:30 pm PT

Break


Madison Foyer

10/2/2022 2:15:00 PM10/2/2022 2:30:00 PM
2:30—3:30 pm PT

Fundamentals #3 - Key Grant Assurances and the FAA Regulatory Compliance Program

The AIP grant program’s 39 Sponsor Assurances touch on virtually every aspect of airport governance, finance, and operations and are the primary means for FAA regulation of airports. Understanding the grant assurances is a critical tool for every airport lawyer. This session focuses on some of the most important grant assurances, including those that prohibit economic discrimination and exclusive rights, and those that regulate rights and powers, revenue use, self-sustainability, operations, and airport development. We also discuss how the FAA enforces the grant assurances through voluntary compliance, the informal Part 13 process, and the formal Part 16 process.
Madison Ballroom


Speakers
Eric Pilsk, Esq., Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Adam Gerchick, Associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

10/2/2022 2:30:00 PM10/2/2022 3:30:00 PM
3:30—3:45 pm PT

Break


Madison Foyer

10/2/2022 3:30:00 PM10/2/2022 3:45:00 PM
3:45—4:45 pm PT

Fundamentals #4 - Airport Proprietor Relations with Airport Users - Minimum Standards, Leasing Policies, Rules & Regulations

Establishing, reviewing, and regularly updating a thoughtful governance structure is critical in ensuring that an airport sponsor remains in compliance with its federal obligations, particularly in interactions and negotiations with tenants and other users. This session discusses the rationale behind, and strategies for developing, various airport rules, policies, and standards and other principal governance and regulatory documents. The speakers explain an airport sponsor’s legal obligations as well as best practices to ensure a smooth process for adopting or amending its policies and standards.
Madison Ballroom


Speakers
Nicholas Clabbers, Associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Curt Castagna, C.M., President & Chief Executive Officer, National Air Transportation Association

10/2/2022 3:45:00 PM10/2/2022 4:45:00 PM
3:45—4:45 pm PT

Managing Competition Among Aero and Non-Aero Tenants

The airport sponsor is in a unique position with respect to both its airline and non-airline users to address competition that may arise among users. Addressing these issues requires striking an appropriate balance between legal/regulatory obligations and the sponsor’s interest in maintaining a robust and competitive aeronautical services. This session explores the legal/regulatory contours within which this sponsor must operate and discuss practical, real-world examples of how competition issues play out in the day-to-day operation of an airport.
Superior/Federal


Speakers
Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Steve Osit, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Misti Ernsberger, C.M., Senior Counsel, Port of Seattle

10/2/2022 3:45:00 PM10/2/2022 4:45:00 PM
5:00—6:00 pm PT

Welcome Reception


Municipal and Courtyard foyer

Sponsored by

AAAE

10/2/2022 5:00:00 PM10/2/2022 6:00:00 PM

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