Airport Systems Planning and Design

46th Annual Short Course

June 19 – 22, 2017

2.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
26 Course Maintenance (CM) Units through the American Planning Association (APA): TBA

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This four-day course offers an overview of airport planning and design for those entering or wishing to become more familiar with the field, as well as an opportunity for those with more experience to expand their knowledge of specific topics. The course is taught by some of the leading practitioners (and most experienced instructors) in the industry. In addition to covering the fundamentals of airport planning and design, the course presents emerging issues and the latest trends facing airport planners, operators, and consultants in the US and around the world.

The topics covered range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Airfield design, passenger processing, and airport ground access are also discussed.

The course takes place on the beautiful Berkeley campus, at the Faculty Club, an architectural landmark.

The course is being offered by the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).

Who should attend

This course is intended for engineers and planners working for airport authorities, consultants, and government agencies, as well as airport and airline management personnel interested in the technical considerations that need to be taken into account in planning airport development.  It will also be of interest to those involved in teaching transportation engineering courses or undertaking research on airport-related topics.

Click here for the 2017 program  


8:30-9:00 Introduction / Gosling

9:00-10:05 Airport system planning / Gosling

10:05-10:25 break

10:25-noon Airport strategic and master planning / Stewart

noon-1:00 lunch

1:00-2:35 Current and emerging issues in airport planning, design & construction / Fife

2:35-2:55 break

2:55-4:30 Air traffic demand forecasting / Gosling


8:30-10:35 Airline operations and economics / Diamond

10:35-10:55 break

10:55- 12:30 NextGen technologies and ATM modernization / Oswald

12:30-1:30 lunch

1:30-3:05 Airspace and airport capacity / Dunlay

3:05-3:30 break

3:30-4:30 Virtual design for airport planning, design and construction, and operations/maintenance / Neumayr

7:00 Dinner / Speaker: Jean Banker (former Assistant to the Executive Director, Port of Oakland) So Many Projects, So Little Money: Stakeholders, Politics, and
Project Prioritization


8:30-10:05 Airfield layout planning and design / Brown

10:05-10:25 break

10:25-noon Passenger terminal planning / Wilson

noon-1:00 lunch

1:00-2:35 Airport finance / Richardson

2:35-2:55 break

2:55-4:30 Air cargo logistics and planning air cargo facilities / Phillips


8:30-10:05 Airport ground access / Gosling

10:05-10:25 break

10:25-noon Environmental planning and management / Full

noon-1:00 lunch

1:00-2:35 Airport noise management / Fidell

2:35-2:50 break

2:50-4:25 Airport land use compatibility planning / Harmon

4:25-4:30 Course summary / Gosling

Course location

The Faculty Club (Heyns Room)
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
Telephone: 510-540-5678

Click here for directions to the Faculty Club and nearby parking options.

The University of California at Berkeley visitor website  includes travel information for reaching the UC Berkeley campus. 

Course Fees

Early Bird: From Registration (before March 29th): $2,000
Standard (March 29 - May 19): $2,100
Late (after May 19): $2,300
FAA employees (up to 10 at this rate): $1,500

The course fee includes:  course notes, continental breakfast and refreshments during the morning and afternoon breaks, and a course dinner on Tuesday evening.


Direct inquiries to email:

Faculty member in charge 

Mark Hansen, Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Course Coordinator

Geoffrey Gosling, Principal, Aviation System Consulting, Berkeley, California

Instructional staff 

Thomas Cornell, Principal, Landrum & Brown, San Francisco, California

Jim Diamond, Managing Director, Operations Research and Advanced Analytics, American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas

William Dunlay, Director, LeighFisher, Burlingame, California

Sanford Fidell, President, Fidell Associates, Canoga Park, California

William Fife, Aviation Consultant, Merrick, New York

David Full, Vice President Aviation – Environmental Service Group Leader, RS&H, San Francisco, California

Geoffrey Gosling, Principal, Aviation System Consulting, Berkeley, California

Lisa Harmon, Aviation Planner, Mead & Hunt, Inc., Sacramento, California

Geoffrey Neumayr, Chief Development Officer, San Francisco International Airport,
San Francisco, California

Christopher Oswald, Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Airports Council International – North America, Washington, DC

Thomas Phillips. Chief Executive Officer, Keiser Phillips Associates, Seattle, Washington

Nora Richardson, Director, Frasca & Associates, LLC, Houston, Texas

Burr Stewart, Aviation Strategic Planning & Sustainability Consultant, Seattle, Washington

James Wilson, Director, Jacobsen Daniels Associates, Chicago, Illinois 

Dinner Speaker

Jean Banker, Principal Assistant to the Executive Director, Port of Oakland, Oakland, California

General information

Hotel Reservations

The following hotels are within walking distance to the class. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel accommodations. Costs will not be covered by NEXTOR. Note: Additional rooms may be available at the Faculty Club. tel: (510) 540-5678, ext.0

2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel:  (510) 549-1000
University Rate may be available: Please check back for travel updates.
To make a reservation:
Call the reservation desk, Tel: (510) 549-1000; ask for The UC Berkeley Rate.
Note: Hotel parking is available for a fee, please let the hotel know if you will need parking when you make your reservation.
2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510.845.8981
Reservation line: (800) 238-7268
Fax: 510.486.8336
University Rate may be available: Please check back for travel updates.
To make a reservation:
Call reservations: (800) 238-7268, and ask for The UC Berkeley Rate
Email reservation request:

Continental breakfast will be provided each day prior to the first session and refreshments will be provided during morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a course dinner on Tuesday evening. Participants will make their own arrangements for lunch each day, to allow some time to explore the campus and adjacent area. Cafeteria facilities are available at the Faculty Club and there are many other options within a short walk.

Continuing education units (ceu)

These units are a nationally recognized means of recording noncredit study and are accepted by many employers and relicensure agencies as evidence of a serious commitment to career advancement and the maintenance of professional competence.  One ceu is awarded for each 10 hours of attendance. 

If you have questions

Please call (510) 664-7739, fax (510) 643-3955 or email