Airport Systems Planning and Design


2.7.24 - AV12 Course update:

AV12 Airport Systems Planning and Design course is now open for enrollment. We will host the in-person program this summer (June 2024 in Berkeley). If you have questions, please reach out to: Fredda Olivares, Thank you.

53rd Annual Short Course

Summer 2024 – In-person (June 24 -28, 2024) UC Berkeley Campus

3.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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

Registration is open; click here to register.
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.

2024 Course Program (Program as of 2.20.24)

Click here for a printable copy of the 2024 program and a list of instructors.

*Note: all times Pacific Daylight Time


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

9:00-10:35            Airport System Planning / Gosling

10:35-10:55          break

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

12:30-1:30            lunch

1:30-3:05              Airline Operations and Economics / Nason

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 / Cohen

10:05-10:25          break

10:25- noon         Aviation Traffic Demand Forecasting / Gosling

Noon-1:00            lunch

1:00 -2:35            Airport and Aviation Sustainability / Cooke

2:35-2:55              break

2:55-4:30              Airport Finance / Richardson

4:30-5:00             Group assignment discussions

                             Dinner on your own


8:30-10:05            Airfield Planning and Design / Cornell

10:05-10:25          break

10:25-noon          Airspace and Airport Capacity / Hanowsky

Noon-1:00            lunch

1:00-2:35              Airport Passenger Terminals / Thurber

2:35-2:55              break

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

                             Dinner on your own


8:30-10:05           Airport Ground Access/ Mandle

10:05-10:25         break

10:25-noon          Environmental Planning and Management / Full

Noon-1:00            lunch

1:00-2:35              Airport Noise Management / Mestre

2:35-2:55              break

2:55-4:30              Airport and Land Use Compatibility / Harmon

4:30-5:00              Group assignment discussions

6:30                       Dinner / Speaker: TBD


8:30-10:05           From Planning to Construction / Oswald

10:05-10:25         break

10:25-noon          Airport planning group presentations

Noon-12:15        Course wrap-up / Gosling

12:15                    Adjourn


Faculty member in charge

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

Course coordinators

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

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

Instructional staff

Adam Cohen, Research Associate, Innovative Mobility Research Group, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Erin Cooke, Sustainability Director, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California

Thomas Cornell, Vice President, Landrum & Brown, San Francisco, California

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

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

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

Lisa Harmon, Project Planner - Aviation, Mead & Hunt, Sacramento, California

Peter Mandle, Executive Vice President, InterVISTAS Consulting, Burlingame, California

Vincent Mestre, Retired, Vice President Emeritus, Landrum & Brown, Port Townsend, Washington

Scott Nason, President, SDN TT&H Consulting, Dallas, Texas

Christopher Oswald, Senior 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, Houston, Texas

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

Byron Thurber, Senior Aviation Planner, Arup, San Francisco, California

Course Location:

The course takes place on the beautiful Berkeley campus, at the Berkeley Faculty Club, an architectural landmark. Course will begin Monday, June 24, 2024 and end on Friday, June 28, 2024.

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

Course Fees

Standard: $2,750
Early Bird (by March 31st): $2,500
FAA employees (up to 8 at this rate): $2000

Late (May 24 – June 21): $3000

The course fee includes:  course notes, daily lunch and a course dinner on Thursday evening.


Click here to register:

Direct inquiries to email:

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 (