American Association of Airport Executives
|United States of America|
|Todd Hauptli (President & CEO)|
The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the professional association that represents airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports in the United States of America. It provides its members with industry-related services, support, training, and various professional development opportunities.
The American Association of Airport Executives was founded in September, 1928, at what is now Los Angeles International Airport. Created by 10 airport directors, it was created as an organization to represent airport management throughout the United States.
Today, AAAE's nearly 5,400 members represent 850 airports and numerous other airport-related corporations and organizations. It maintains six regional affiliate chapters that provide services on a local level.
AAAE offers three professional accreditation/certification programs to its members:
An Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) has met specific membership, age, experience and education requirements, has demonstrated the ability to handle the responsibility of airport management, and possesses an exceptional knowledge, comprehension and understanding of aviation management. Members who complete this program earn the right to use the "A.A.E." designation after their names.
A Certified Member (C.M.) has met specific membership requirements and has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of airport management. Members who complete this program earn the right to use the "C.M." designation after their names.
An Airport Certified Employee (ACE) has completed a training/education program in one of four fields (Operations, Airfield Lighting Maintenance, Security or Communications) and has earned the right to use the "ACE" designation after his or her name.