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Airport Systems Planning & Design

This week long 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.

This course gives particular attention to the challenges and uncertainties involved in planning airport facilities and the implications for planning for the future environment during and after recovery COVID-19. 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. Topics range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Also covered are airfield design, passenger terminal planning, airport ground access, and air cargo facilities planning.

This annual short course is being offered in association with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR). The course fee includes course notes, hosted lunch daily (campus rules permitting) and dinner on Wednesday evening.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics

    For additional questions about course content, contact Geoff Gosling, the course coordinator, at 510-528-8741 or For questions regarding registration, travel, or lodging, contact

    For more information, including the course agenda, please go to the Nextor website (

  • Course Outline

    Typical Course Outline:

    Session 1

    • Airport system planning
    • Airport strategic and master planning
    • Planning for the future of advanced air mobility
    • Airport planning discussion and group assignment

    Session 2

    • Air traffic demand forecasting
    • Airline operations and economics
    • Environmental planning and management
    • Airspace and airport capacity
    • Airport planning group discussions

    Session 3

    • Airfield layout planning and design
    • Passenger terminal planning
    • Air cargo logistics and planning air cargo facilities
    • Airport finance

    Session 4

    • From planning to construction
    • Airport ground access
    • Airport noise management
    • Airport land use compatibility planning
    • Airport planning group discussions

    Session 5

    • Planning for airport sustainability, climate change, and aviation decarbonization
    • Airport planning group presentations
  • What you will learn

    For additional questions about course content, contact Geoff Gosling, the course coordinator, at 510-528-8741 or For questions regarding registration, travel, or lodging, contact

    For more information, including the course agenda, please go to the Nextor website (

  • 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.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Geoffrey Gosling, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

      Geoffrey Gosling is the principal of Aviation System Consulting, LLC, serving as an independent consultant and expert witness in the areas of airport planning, aviation system planning, airline economics, and aviation safety. He has a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1987 to March 2002, he was a member of the research staff of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He helped establish the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research, serving as its first Program Manager.

      He is a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, a Member of the U.K. Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. From 1979 to 1993, he taught a range of courses in the Transportation Engineering program at U.C. Berkeley, including the air transportation and airport planning courses. Since 1977 he has taught several courses on various airport-related topics in both the University of California Extension Program and the Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program and has been responsible for coordinating and lecturing in the Airport Systems Planning & Design short course for the past forty years.

      Michael Hanowsky, PhD, Director & Practice Lead for Data Analytics & Operational Planning, Woolpert, Inc.

      Michael is the Practice Lead for Data Analytics and Operational Planning at Woolpert, Inc., an Ohio-based engineering, architecture, and geospatial firm, and the current vice chair and research coordinator for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee on Airfield and Airspace Performance (AV060). He has 21 years of experience as a project manager and subject matter expert in aviation planning and operational modeling, with experience at 21 hub airports in North America. 

      Michael's work emphasizes the use of data science, advanced analytics, and simulation to measure and model complex operations and identify changes that increase efficiency, reduce cost, improve safety, and drive revenue across all functional areas of an airport-including airfield/airspace, gate and apron areas, passenger terminals, and landside access. He is a former fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fulbright Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems and Masters degrees in Operations Research and Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research examined the design of Ground Delay Programs subject to inclement weather and considerations of equity and fairness for stakeholders of the National Airspace System.

  • Registration Information

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Not LTAP Subsidized

This class IS NOT offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, or tribal public agencies

Course Fee

Standard Rate:

Public Agency Rate:



($2000 for FAA employees)

Course Credit

This course grants:

3.4 CEUs

Upcoming Sessions (1)

6/24/24 - 6/28/24
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PT


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