Airport Systems Planning and Design


3.16.22 - AV12 Course update:

We are pleased to announce that the in-person course will proceed this year. We will resume the in-person program this summer (July 2022) as customary. If you have questions, please reach out to: Fredda Olivares, Thank you.

51st Annual Short Course

Summer 2022 – In-person (July 11-15, 2022) 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.

2022 Course Program

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

Schedule (all times Pacific Daylight Time)

Program – 2022 (last updated 3.8.22)


8:30-9:00                         Welcome & introductions
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                         Planning for the future of advanced air mobility / Cohen
3:05-3:25                         break
3:25-4:30                         Airport planning discussion and group assignment


8:30-10:05                      Air traffic demand forecasting / Gosling
10:05-10:25                    break
10:25- noon                    Airline operations and economics / Nason
Noon-1:00                       lunch
1:00 -2:35                        Environmental planning and management / Full
2:35-2:55                         break
2:55-4:30                         Airspace and airport capacity / Hanowsky
4:30-5:00                         Airport planning group discussions


8:30-10:05                      Airfield layout planning and design / Cornell
10:05-10:25                    break
10:25-noon                     Passenger terminal planning / Thurber
Noon-1:00                       lunch
1:00-2:35                         Air cargo logistics and planning air cargo facilities / Phillips
2:35-2:55                         break
2:55-4:30                         Airport finance / Richardson

7:00  Dinner / Speaker: Thomas Woodrow P.E., Allegheny County Airport Authority


8:30-10:05                      From planning to construction /Mosqueda
10:05-10:25                    break
10:25-noon                     Airport ground access / Mandle
Noon-1:00                       lunch
1:00-2:35                         Airport noise management / Fidell
2:35-2:55                         break
2:55-4:30                         Airport land use compatibility planning / Harmon
4:30-5:00                         Airport planning group discussions


8:30-10:05                      Planning for airport sustainability, climate change, and aviation decarbonization /Purcell
10:05-10:25                    break
10:25-noon                     Airport planning group presentations
Noon-12:15                    Course wrap-up
12:15                                Adjourn

*All times Pacific Daylight Time.

Course location:

The course takes place on the beautiful Berkeley campus, at the Bechtel Engineering Center, room 240, an architectural landmark. Course will begin Monday, July 11, 2022 and end on Friday, July 15, 2022.

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: $2,500
Early Bird (by May 13th) - $2,300
FAA employees (up to 10 at this rate): $1,600

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 (