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

All times noted are in U.S. Eastern time zone and this event will be held in-person at the InterContinental at the Wharf in Washington, D.C.

Please review the latest updates on CLE information as well. 

October 17, 2021

12:00—5:00 pm ET


10/17/2021 12:00:00 PM10/17/2021 5:00:00 PM
1:00—2:30 pm ET

Session #1: Introduction to Workshop and Fundamentals I - Introduction to Airport Law

This session provides an introduction both to the workshop and to airport law. 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. Attendees can expect a discussion 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.

Nicholas Clabbers, Associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Katie Van Heuven, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

10/17/2021 1:00:00 PM10/17/2021 2:30:00 PM
2:30—3:45 pm ET

Session #2: Fundamentals II - Airport Finance

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 constraints and contractual obligations which govern how airports generate revenue and 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 will provide the foundation for later Workshop discussion on the financial and business relationships between airport sponsors and their tenants, users and customers.

Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

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

10/17/2021 2:30:00 PM10/17/2021 3:45:00 PM
3:45—4:45 pm ET

Session #3: Fundamentals III - Master Planning, Capital Development & Environmental Approvals

Master planning and capital development at airports is different from other government facilities and especially different from private sector capital planning. This session will explore the formal process for capital planning, the role of the FAA and the financial marketplace and the legal guardrails that governing such planning. It will also explain the environmental approval process which affects the timing (and scope) of almost all airport capital projects with a particular focus on changes in federal law that have streamlined required federal approvals.

Katie Van Heuven, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

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

10/17/2021 3:45:00 PM10/17/2021 4:45:00 PM
5:30—7:30 pm ET

Opening Reception

10/17/2021 5:30:00 PM10/17/2021 7:30:00 PM

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