Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations Virtual Training

October 11-14, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Daily | Live ONLINE Training


The Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Operations virtual series is an overview of the study materials designed to educate and challenge airport personnel with airfield operations responsibilities or anyone interested in a related career.

Why attend?

Network – Interact with colleagues from around the country and share important experiences and lessons learned.
Interactive learning –
Participate in a variety of hands-on exercises for better knowledge and retention.
Cost effective –
No additional travel, lodging or overtime cost.
Flexibility –
Attend from the comfort of your home or office and still be available for your daily duties if needed.
Achievement –
Increase your chances of passing the ACE Operations exam to earn the coveted ACE designation. Join us for a four-day training live, led by one of our top instructors Chief (Ret.) James “Jim” Nilo, C.M., ACE.


This virtual training is $1,300 for the training course.
Please noteEnrollment to the course does not include the ACE Operations Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you must register for the ACE Operations Program Fee separately. 

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Need to register offline? Download the registration form  and send to once complete.

Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE Operations Program Fee as part of the Virtual Training purchase. You will see the discount information as you complete the registration process.
*You MUST  submit the ACE Operations Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

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ACE Operations Agenda


October 11- Module 1 and 2

08:00 – 08:30     Introduction to ACE Program

08:30 – 09:00     Module 1, Introduction to FAR Part 139 and the Airport Certification Manual

09:00 – 09:45     FAR Part 139 Subpart A, B, and C

09:45 – 10:00      Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00      The Importance of the Self Inspections Program and Miscellaneous Documents, Plans, and Factors related to FAR Par 139 Airport Operations

12:00 – 13:00      Lunch

13:00 – 14:00      Module 2, FAR Part 139 Subpart D

14:00 – 14:30      139.301 Records, 139.303 Personnel

14:30 – 14:45      Afternoon Break

14:45 – 17:00      139.305 Paved area, 139.307 Unpaved areas, and 139.309 Safety Areas

October 12 - Module 2 and 3

08:00 – 09:45     139.311 Markings, Signs, and Lighting

09:45 – 10:00      Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00      139.313 Snow and Ice Control, and ARFF

12:00 – 13:00      Lunch

13:00 – 14:00      Module 3, 139.321 Handling and storing of hazardous substances and materials

14:00 – 14:30      139.323 Traffic and wind direction indicators

14:30 – 14:45      Afternoon Break

14:45 – 17:00      139.325 Airport emergency plan 139.329 Pedestrians and ground vehicles

October 13 - Module 3

08:00 – 09:00     139.331 Obstructions

09:00 – 09:45     139.333 Protection of NAVAIDS

09:45 – 10:00      Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00      139.335 Public protection

12:00 – 13:00       Lunch

13:00 – 17:00       139.337 Wildlife hazard management and 139.339 Airport condition reporting

October 14 - Module 3

08:00 – 09:45     139.341 Identifying, marking, and lighting construction and other unserviceable areas

09:45 – 10:00      Morning Break

10:00 – 11:00        139.343 Noncomplying conditions

11:00 – 12:00        Review

12:00 – 13:00       Lunch

13:00 –                    Final examination is activated.




Mr. James R. Nilo, C.M., ACE, IACE

Chief Operating Officer
JRN Consulting
Bowling Green, VA

Chief (Ret.) James “Jim” Nilo, C.M., ACE Jim started his airport career as a Crash Fire Rescue crewman in the United State Marine Corps in 1984. While serving on active duty he also became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Northern Virginia. At the end of his tour of duty in the Marines, Jim went to work for the newly created Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and was stationed at the Washington National Airport. In late 1990, Jim continued his career and went to work for the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Services in a municipal role. During this time Jim became highly involved with local fire training and also became an Adjunct Instructor for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs where he continues to teach as a part time instructor to this day. Jim’s passion for training was strong and in 1994 he began working full time for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs as a regional training manager where he coordinated state sponsored training programs for over 30 localities. Part of his duties included course development and with his ARFF background he worked on the development of the states ARFF Program where he was instrumental in the acquisition of Virginia’s first mobile aircraft live fire trainer, the first of its kind. Jim was later moved to the Richmond office where he ran the ARFF program and coordinated much of the training program development for the Agency. During this time Jim was recognized for his work in the ARFF field and received several awards including Virginia Aviation Person of the Year in 1998. Near the end of 1999, Jim accepted a position with the Capital Region Airport Commission as the Fire Chief for the Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia. Post 9/11 the ARFF department was needed to perform many airport operations functions and in 2004 Jim’s job duties were greatly expanded to include oversight and management of the airports ARFF, Communications, Grounds, Equipment Maintenance, Communications, and Operations Departments. With this expanded role Jim supervised much of the airports daily operation which included many safety and security related duties. Jim held the position of ARFF Chief and Airport Operations Manager at RIC for the next 13 years and retired from active public service in early 2016. Jim is the founding partner in JRN Consulting, a firm specializing in Airport Operations, ARFF, OEM, Safety, and Security for airports. Jim has attained numerous airport plus Fire and EMS certifications and has even taught at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His service career included involvement in many organizations such as the Virginia Fire Services Council, National Fire Protection Association, and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) where Jim was a board member and one time Chairman. Jim and his wife and Malcom the Great Dane and River the Lab reside just south of Fredericksburg, Virginia.