Airport Certified Employee (ACE) AIRFIELD Operations

On Demand | Online


Review the essential elements needed to attain the highly-regarded ACE designation by participating in the ACE Airfield Operations virtual training. The FAR Part 139-based curriculum will educate and challenge airport personnel with airfield operations responsibilities or anyone interested in a related career. Registrants will receive an email with links to the recordings and workbook, which will be available to review at their leisure for 90 days following their purchase.

Please noteEnrollment to any of the sessions or the full series does not include the ACE Operations Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you MUST be enrolled in the ACE Operations Program. 
                        We are pleased to offer a discounted rate of the ACE Operations Program Fee as part of the Virtual Training purchase. You can find more information in the registration process.


This virtual training is $850 for the full series or $95 for an individual session. Register now!

Questions? Contact Cathy Haggerty at 703.797.9009.


Session Date/Dates Between

Session 1: Module 1, Part A

This module will cover the Introduction to FAR Part 139 and the Airport Certification Manual, and FAR Part 139 Subparts A, B, and C.


Session 10: Module 3, Part E

This module will cover the details for FAR Part 139.341 Identifying, Marking, and Lighting Construction and other Unserviceable Areas and concluding with FAR Part 139.343 Noncomplying Conditions.


Session 2: Module 1, Part B

This unique module will cover the Importance of the Self Inspections Program and Miscellaneous Documents, Plans, and Factors Related to FAR Par 139 Airport Operations such as IROPS, the Sign Plan, and more.


Session 3: Module 2, Part A

This module will cover the importance of record keeping in FAR Part 139.301 Records and 139.303 Personnel, then will cover FAR Part 139.305 Paved Areas, Part 139.307 Unpaved Areas, and Part 139.309 Safety Areas.


Session 4: Module 2, Part B

In this module the focus will be on all the important elements of FAR Part 139.311 Markings, Signs, Lighting.


Session 5: Module 2, Part C

This module will include the requirements for FAR Part 139.313 Snow and Ice Control, and then cover the details on Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting or ARFF.


Session 6: Module 3, Part A

Starting ACE Ops Operations Module 3 will be FAR Part 139.321 Handling and Storing of Hazardous Substances and materials followed by details on FAR Part 139.323 Traffic and Wind Direction Indicators.


Session 7: Module 3, Part B

This section covers the important FAR Part 139.325 Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) and FAR Part 139.329 Pedestrians and Ground Vehicles.


Session 8: Module 3, Part C

This session will cover FAR Part 139.331 Obstructions, FAR Part 139.333 Protection of NAVAIDS, and FAR Part 139.335 Public Protection.


Session 9: Module 3, Part D

In this module, a discussion on FAR Part 139.337 Wildlife Hazard Management followed by FAR Part 139.339 Airport Condition Reporting.



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

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.