Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the different types of airport planning and the planning process from the national, state, and local level. This involves an understanding of the relationship of the National Plan of Integrated Airports System (NPIAS) and state systems planning to airport master planning, and how the system influences the number, category, and size of airports. Included is a study of public and political impacts on airport planning. Recognize the safety aspects of the airport-aircraft interface. Assess aircraft characteristics as they relate to airport design, including the evaluation of the airports critical/design aircraft and the airport reference code, and their effect on airport geometric design including runway length requirements. The student will recognize the safety and efficiency of the airport and aircraft interface. Included is a review of the global demands of New Large Aircraft (NLA) and how they relate to airport planning and design.
2. Understand the role of airport planning and design in reducing runway incursions and surface incidents, and increasing airfield efficiency. Included is a review of how air traffic procedures influence airport design and how the FAA’s air traffic control modernization plan will improve safety, efficiency, and capacity.
3. Compare airport capacity with the existing and forecasted demand and ascertain whether improvements to increase capacity are needed. This will include a comparison of the capacity of different airside configurations to determine which are most efficient.
4. Analyze airport planning and design concepts. Determine the number and orientation of runways, taxiways, signage, and lighting. Evaluate airport geometric sizing based on various design components, such as the design/critical aircraft, airport, instrument approach capabilities and procedures, obstructions, and other physical and intangible issues. Included is a study of Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) and how this technology solves non-conforming runway safety areas.
5. Analyze landside planning and design concepts, airport terminal concepts, and apply airport design parameters in the placement and sizing a terminal for optimum passenger flow, aircraft compatibility; and changes in aircraft fleet mix. Acknowledge and examine the impact of national and international airport security regulations on current and future terminal design concepts.
6. Identify the factors of landside access and egress including intermodal transportation systems to achieve an orderly flow of traffic at the facility. Planning issues related to airport ground access improvements will be examined.
7. Identify the effect cargo operations have on an airport, the extent of facilities needed, and the considerations of future growth.
8. Evaluate the impact environmental issues have on airports and how the federal environmental program assists airports with the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal environmental laws and regulations. This includes airport noise and land use compatibility planning (FAR Part 150), environmental review for airport development, and the application of compatible land use programs.
9. Recognize international differences in planning and design. Understand the physical differences of airport design, including terminal facilities and aircraft parking. Evaluate differences in the diversity of airport planning and design decision-making, and aircraft performance criteria.