ACC Operational Readiness for New Airport Facilities: Part II On-Demand Webinar

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This ACC on-demand webinar will provide an in-depth review of the specific steps and strategies required to establish and implement a successful Operational Readiness, Activation and Transition (ORAT) program for new and redeveloped airport facilities. 

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are strongly encouraged to first view the ACC Operational Readiness for New Airport Facilities: Part I on-demand webinar, which provides an overview of the history, benefits and components of ORAT. 

This ACC ORAT Part II on-demand webinar provides greater detail on standing up and administering an ORAT program – including the tools, schedule, SOPs, training, trials and other activities. 


At the end of this ACC on=demand webinar, participants will be able to: 

• Exhibit a deeper understanding of each of the elements of a comprehensive Operational Readiness Program. 
• Implement an effective Operational Readiness Program throughout the project planning, design and construction phases. 
• Develop and execute effective trials, mobilization and move, and post-opening support. 
• Recognize how and when to best use operational readiness tools for maximum benefit. 


• T.J. Schulz (Moderator), President, Airport Consultants Council (ACC) 
• Robert Gilbert, P.E., Chief Development Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) 
• Michael McElvaney, A.A.E., Director, LeighFisher


Save 20% when purchasing the ACC On-Demand Webinars Discount Package, featuring ten (10) ACC on-demand webinars.


PDH, CM and LU credits/hours are not offered for this ACC on-demand webinar. However, after viewing the on-demand webinar, participants can download a certificate of completion. 

Robert Gilbert, P.E.

Chief Development Officer

Robert Gilbert, P.E. is the Chief Development Officer at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), responsible for leading and coordinating the planning and delivery of all elements of the LAWA capital program, including the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Capital Improvement Program. He also serves as the Program Executive for LAMP, and oversees the Planning and Development Group, Environmental Programs and Airport Operational Readiness Program. Mr. Gilbert is an aviation professional with over 40 years’ experience in areas across aviation and airport management.  Mr. Gilbert’s ORAT/AOR experience begin in 1982 during his tenure as the US Air Forces Europe’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Infrastructure Officer. He was responsible for the programming and planning for the operational availability and readiness of facilities and infrastructure required for U.S. Air Force units that would deploy to 70 NATO installations, if needed. Mr. Gilbert also served as Program Manager for the Airport Operational Readiness Program at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, where he developed training programs to familiarize staff with the airport’s new $7.8 billion facilities and infrastructure.  He has served as Deputy Executive Director of Facilities for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Mr. Gilbert earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy State University, and completed post-graduate studies in Program Management at George Washington University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies (Engineering) from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

Michael McElvaney, A.A.E.


Michael McElvaney, A.A.E. is a Director at LeighFisher where he leads the firm’s ORAT practice. He is currently providing executive level advisory support to the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) in the establishment of an Airport Operational Readiness (AOR) program for the LAX 20+ billion-dollar capital development program which includes a new terminal concourse, Automated People Mover, CONRAC, Intermobile Transportation Center and roadway infrastructure. Mr. McElvaney has become known as a leading expert in Airport Operational Readiness, where he has led several programs domestically and abroad. He led the development of the ORAT program for the new International Terminal at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Mr. McElvaney was Vice President of Airport Operations for Qatar Airways, where he managed the operation of the new Hamad International Airport. He simultaneously Chaired the Governance Oversite Committee for Operational Readiness program for the new airport, encompassing 130 new facilities. As the Deputy Director at the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Mr. McElvaney led the Activation program for the successful opening and operation of the new Terminal 2. He has over 30 years of executive level operational management of airports in the U.S. and Middle East, and has held management positions with Birmingham International Airport, Gainesville Regional Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. Mr. McElvaney has a Bachelor’s Science Degree in Aeronautical Studies-Airport Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), and holds a private pilot license.


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Certificate of Completion
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No credits available  |  Certificate available PLEASE NOTE: ACC does not offer PDH, CM or LU/HSW credits/hours to participants for completion of this ACC on-demand webinar.