Incoming AAAE Chair Carl Newman, A.A.E., has targeted exploring airport financing options as his top priority for the association during his 2016-2017 term.
Newman, CEO of the Jackson
Municipal Airport Authority, said
his next priority will be to continue
the “great work” undertaken by
Past Chair Randall Berg, A.A.E.,
and 2015-2016 Chair Jeff Mulder,
A.A.E., to foster diversity within
AAAE’s ranks and within the
airport community. This goal is to
recognize the value of all people,
as well as to encourage the entry of
younger people into the profession,
Another priority will be to review
the value of AAAE membership.
“AAAE exists to provide service
to members,” Newman stated.
“We need to continue to focus
on what we can do to provide
WHAT FIRST DREW YOU TO
THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT
I always was drawn to aviation.
As a kid, my posters had aircraft
on them. I had an appointment to
the Naval Academy and wanted to
become a naval aviator. During the
physical, it was found that my eyes
weren’t acute enough to be a pilot,
so I didn’t accept the appointment to
the academy. After graduating from
the University of Arizona, I joined
the Phoenix Police Department
and was assigned to the airport.
After a conversation with Assistant
Aviation Director Ed Thurmond, I
asked for a job at the airport. A few
weeks later I was working for the
aviation department. Ed encouraged
me to join AAAE.
YOU SPENT MANY YEARS
AT PHOENIX SKY HARBOR
IN A NUMBER OF POSITIONS.
THEN YOU MANAGED BUSH
HOUSTON. WHAT ATTRACTED
YOU TO THE JACKSON
It didn’t look as though I would be
aviation director in Phoenix, so I
started looking around and went to
Bush Intercontinental. Although I
had never been to Mississippi, I was
approached about the job in Jackson,
and I listened. The more I listened,
the more I thought I wanted to work
in the number one position and lead
an airport system.
Carl Newman, A.A.E.
CEO of the Jackson (Mississippi) Municipal Airport Authority
“We need to find something
different than the PFC,” he told
Airport Magazine during a March
visit to association headquarters in
“The term PFC connotes
something to the airlines and to
policymakers,” he explained. “They
have decided that it is a tax. We
need to find a way to separate that
from the airline ticket. The airlines
see all the money associated with
a ticket as their money. It doesn’t
matter to them that they get bag
and change fees, and other ticket
fees. They have done a good job of
painting the PFC as a tax. So we
have to find other ways to approach
the issue. Surely there’s a solution
Starting points to developing a
new approach to financing could
include studying systems in
place in Canada and Abu Dhabi,
Newman said, as well as utilizing
the resources of AAAE’s Airport
Innovation Accelerator program.
The Accelerator program exists to
foster innovation through close
collaboration among airports,
government partners, strategic
partners, investors and innovators
of all shapes and sizes.