Airport Systems Planning and Design


8.17.21 - AV12 Course update:

The in-person course will NOT proceed in 2021. We will again offer the online version this fall. Please see the details below. We hope to resume the in-person program next summer (July 2022) as customary. If you have questions, please reach out to: Fredda Olivares, Thank you.

50th Annual Short Course

Fall 2021 – Online (September 28 – October 21, 2021; multiple sessions)

2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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

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This four-week online 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.

2021 Course Program

Click here for a printable copy of the 2021 program and a list of instructors

Schedule (all times Pacific Daylight Time)

Program – 2021

All times Pacific Daylight Time.

Tuesday, September 28
10:00 – 10:30 am Course Introduction / Gosling
10:30 – 11:30 am Airport System Planning / Gosling
12:30 – 2:00 pm Airport Strategic and Master Planning / Stewart

Wednesday, September 29
10:00 – 11:00 am Group Discussion

Thursday, September 30
10:00 – 11:30 am Airport Finance / Richardson
12:30 – 2:00 pm Air Traffic Demand Forecasting / Gosling

Tuesday, October 5
10:00 – 11:30 am Airline Operations and Economics / Nason
12:30 – 2:00 pm Air Cargo Logistics and Planning Air Cargo Facilities / Phillips

Wednesday, October 6
10:00 – 11:00 am Group Discussions

Thursday, October 7
10:00 – 11:30 am Airspace and Airport Capacity and Delay / Dunlay/Hanowsky
12:30 – 2:00 pm From Planning to Construction / Oswald


Tuesday, October 12
10:00 – 11:30 am Airfield Layout Planning and Design / Cornell
12:30 – 2:00 pm Passenger Terminal Planning / Thurber

Wednesday, October 13
10:00 – 11:00 am Group Discussions

Thursday, October 14
10:00 – 11:30 am Planning for Industry Recovery from COVID-19 / Team
12:30 – 2:00 pm Airport Ground Access / Mandle


Tuesday, October 19
10:00 – 11:30 am Environmental Planning and Management / Full
12:30 – 2:00 pm Airport Noise Management / Fidell

Wednesday, October 20
10:00 – 11:00 am Group Presentations

Thursday, October 21
10:00 – 11:30 am Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning / Thompson
12:30 – 1:30 pm Planning for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Future
Air Mobility / Cohen
1:30 – 2:00 pm Course Summary and Wrap-up / Gosling

Course location

Online; the course will convene on Tuesday and Thursday for two sessions per day for four weeks. Please see online agenda for dates and times.

Course Fees

Standard: $1,900
FAA employees (up to 10 at this rate): $1,500


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. 

If you have questions

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