Airport Systems Planning and Design


2.1.23 - AV12 Course update:

We are pleased to announce that the in-person course will proceed this year. We will host the in-person program this summer (July 2023) as customary. If you have questions, please reach out to: Fredda Olivares, Thank you.

52nd Annual Short Course

Summer 2023 – In-person (July 10-14, 2023) UC Berkeley Campus

2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

24 Course Maintenance (CM) Units through the American Planning Association (APA): TBA

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This five-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 will give particular attention to the challenges and uncertainties involved in planning airport facilities in the current situation and the implications for planning airport facilities for the future environment during and after recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 discusses emerging issues and likely future 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. Topics covered also include airfield design, passenger terminal planning, airport ground access, and air cargo facilities planning.

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 in the post-coronavirus pandemic environment. It will also be of interest to those involved in teaching transportation engineering courses or undertaking research on airport-related topics.

2023 Course Program

Click here for a printable copy of the 2022 program and a list of instructors

Schedule (all times Pacific Daylight Time)

Program – 2023 (last updated 2.1.23) * Please note this is a tentative agenda, instruction team is being finalized and will be confirmed soon.


8:30-9:00        Course Overview and Attendee Introductions        Gosling

9:00-10:35      Aviation System Planning    Gosling

10:35-10:55    (break)

10:55-12:30    Airport Strategic and Master Planning       

12:30-1:30      (lunch)

1:30-3:05        Airport and Aviation Sustainability  

3:05-3:25        (break)

3:25-4:30        Overview of group assignments      Gosling & Hanowsky

6:30    Optional Dinner, depart from course hotel


8:30-10:05      Advanced Air Mobility          

10:05-10:25    (break)

10:25- noon    Airline Operations and Economics 

Noon-1:00      (lunch)

1:00 -2:35       Aviation Traffic Demand Forecasting         

2:35-2:55        (break)

2:55-4:30        Airport Finance         

4:30-5:00        Group assignment discussions

            Dinner on your own


8:30-10:05      Airfield Planning and Design           

10:05-10:25    (break)

10:25-noon     Airspace and Airport Capacity        

Noon-1:00      (lunch)

1:00-2:35        Airport Passenger Terminals          

2:35-2:55        (break)

2:55-4:30        Air Cargo Logistics and Facilities   

7:00    Dinner / Speaker:      TBD


8:30-10:05      Airport Ground Access

10:05-10:25    (break)

10:25-noon     Environmental Planning and Management

Noon-1:00      (lunch)

1:00-2:35        Airport Noise Management

2:35-2:55        (break)

2:55-4:30        Airports and Land Use Compatibility          

4:30-5:00        Group assignment discussions

            Dinner on your own 


8:30-10:05      From Planning to Construction       

10:05-10:25    (break)

10:25-noon     Airport planning group presentations

Noon-12:15    Course Wrap-Up       Gosling

12:15  Adjourn

*All times Pacific Daylight Time.

Course location:

The course takes place on the beautiful Berkeley campus, at the Berkeley Faculty Club, an architectural landmark. Course will begin Monday, July 10, 2023 and end on Friday, July 14, 2023.

The University of California at Berkeley visitor website  includes travel information for reaching the UC Berkeley campus. Please note parking on campus is challenging and we do not recommend driving. 

Course Fees

Standard: $2,750
Early Bird (by March 31st) - $2,500
FAA employees (up to 10 at this rate): $2000

Late (June 9th – July 7th) $3000

The course fee includes:  course notes, hosted lunch daily (campus rules permitting) and a course dinner on Wednesday evening.


Click here to register:

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

Michael Hanowsky, Director, Practice Lead for Data Analytics and Operational Planning, Woolpert, Burlingame, California

General information

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. 

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. 

Bancroft Hotel

2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Tel:  (510) 549-1000


University Rate may be available: Please check with the hotel.
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.

Residence Inn Berkeley 

2121 Center Street, Berkeley, CA  94704

Tel: (510) 982-2100

University Rate may be available: Please check directly with the hotel and ask for the UC Rate if available.

There are two other hotels in the area: The Graduate ( and the Hotel Shattuck Plaza (

If you have questions

Please email:
For questions about the course content please contact: Geoff Gosling (