Airport Systems Planning and Design


04.21.20 - AV12 Course update:

Please note at this time the class is scheduled to move forward as planned. Please check back here for future updates regarding the status of this course. If you have questions please reach out to: Fredda Olivares, Thank you. 

49th Annual Short Course

July 13-17, 2020

2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

28.5 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 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. Topics covered also include airfield design, passenger terminal planning, airport ground access, and air cargo facilities planning.

The course takes place on the beautiful Berkeley campus, at the Bechtel Engineering Center, room 240 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.

2020 Course Program

Click here for a printable copy of the 2020 program and a list of instructors


8:30-9:00 Welcome & introductions
9:00-10:05 Airport system planning / Gosling
10:05-10:25 break
10:25-12:30 Airport strategic and master planning / Stewart
12:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-3:05 Airport finance / Townsend
3:05-3:25 break
3:25-5:00 Introduction to airport planning exercise and group discussions

8:30-10:05 Air traffic demand forecasting / Gosling
10:05-10:25 break
10:25- 12:30 Airspace and airport capacity (Part 1) / Dunlay
12:30-1:30 lunch
1:30 -2:35 Airspace and airport capacity (Part 2) / Hanowsky
2:35-2:55 break
2:55-4:00 From planning to construction / Oswald
4:00-5:00 Airport planning group discussions
7:00 Dinner / Speaker: TBD

8:30-10:05 Airfield layout planning and design / Cornell
10:05-10:25 break
10:25-12:30 Airline operations and economics / Nason
12:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-3:05 Passenger terminal planning / Thurber
3:05-3:25 break
3:25-5:00 Airport ground access / Mandle

8:30-10:35 Air cargo logistics and planning air cargo facilities / Phillips
10:35-10:55 break
10:55-12:30 Environmental planning and management / Full
12:30-1:30 lunch
1:30-3:35 Airport noise management / Fidell
3:35-3:55 break
3:55-5:00 Airport planning group discussions

8:30-10:05 Airport land use compatibility planning / Harmon
10:05-10:25 break
10:25-noon Planning for unmanned aircraft systems and future urban air mobility / Cohen
Noon-12:15 Course wrap-up
12:15 Adjourn

Course location

Bechtel Engineering Center 
University of California at Berkeley 
Berkeley, CA 94720 

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

Course Fees

Early Bird: (For registration before April 12): $2,200
Standard (April 12 - June 14): $2,400
Late (after June 14): $2,500
FAA employees (up to 10 at this rate): $1,500

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


Enrollment is limited.

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

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. 

Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel:  (510) 549-1000

University Rate may be available: Please call 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.

Graduate Berkeley
2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 845-8981

University Rate may be available: Please call the hotel
To make a reservation:
Call reservations: (800) 238-7268, and ask for The UC Berkeley Rate
Email reservation request:


Lunches will be provided each day and refreshments will be provided during morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a course dinner on Tuesday evening. 

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 email: