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MGMT 408 : Airport Management

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Airport Management
The focus of this course will be an examination of the management of airports. Emphasis is on the facilities that comprise an airport system, including airspace, airfield, terminal, and ground access operations.

Airport Management is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the role of the airport manager in the management, administration, financing and operating of small, medium, large, hub airport. An understanding of the operation and management of airports plays an important role in rounding out the aviation elective course offerings to students in any of the aviation degree programs. Whether such students are interested in airport management as a career field or another segment of aviation such as the airlines, general aviation or government, how the airport interfaces with these segments is an integral part of his/her overall education. Therefore, its contribution is largely synergistic, but it also provides an opportunity to acquire an in-depth analysis of the phases of airport management; specifically, master planning or the physical facility planning, economics of master planning or the physical facility planning, economics of airport operation and organizational structure. The duties and responsibilities of the airport management team will be analyzed. Students will be introduced to the history of airports in the United States including major Federal legislation affecting their development. The controlling factors in the development of an airport such as size and forecasting volumes, design considerations and zoning laws will be examined. Students will assume the role of management in analyzing the factors involved in airport terminal development including location, size, and functional relationships of space and accommodation of ground transportation. The course is designed for the student interested in airport management as a career field or others who can benefit from an in-depth exposure to airport management

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Identify, compare and evaluate the various airport types, categories, operational systems; compare and contrast the National Plan of Integrated Airports System with State and Regional Systems Plans, and airport master plans; differentiate between public and private use airports as they relate to the Airport Improvement Program. Explain the two major airport components -- the airside and landside. Identify airside and landside facilities and how they are planned and managed. Understand the development of airport terminals; their design characteristics, internal facilities, and various modes of transportation that compromise ground access systems.

2. Explain the evolution of various organizational designs and managerial functions at airports; identify the major areas of managerial attributes, responsibility and expertise; discuss the issues of power and authority as they relate to federal, state and local airport issues; and identify the relationship of the management team to the airport sponsor.

3. Discuss the sources of funding for airports and airport funding policies in the United States; identify the major streams of airport revenue and expenses, budget types, leases, rates, pricing strategies, and the economic impact of airports; argue the use of public funds to support airports.

4. Recite the most significant Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and Transportation Security Regulations (TSRs) related to the various categories of security measures affecting public safety and the certification of airports and air carriers; develop an understanding of Part 139, Certification of Commercial Service Airports. Differentiate changes in security rules in the last 10 years.

5. Identify the major sources of environmental issues faced by airports, especially noise and abatement procedures, the applicable regulatory guidelines; assess compatible land use programs and policies. Argue the pros and cons of protecting the environment versus promoting economic development.

6. Define the four airport publics. Recognize the various factors affecting the issue of public acceptance as it relates to airports and the aviation community; recite significant programs of public relations, marketing and political actions available to airports; recognize the importance of Public Involvement Programs particularly as they related to airport master planning. Evaluate and debate the need for public and political support of airports.

7. Describe the scope and significance of airport maintenance to include major categories, costs, design considerations, environmental concerns and techniques for dealing with repairs; differentiate between operations, maintenance, and capital facilities programs, and how Federal funds are used to finance various expenditures.

8. Recognize and explain the economic importance and related impacts of airports on the community and transportation infrastructure; explain the role of airports in the local community, the region, and nationally. Develop an airport budget and argue the basis for revenue and expense projections.

9. Explain the selection, role, and uses of an aviation consultant; outline a request for qualifications and describe the relationship between airport management and its consultants; explain the airport master planning process to include its major elements, tasks, forecasting techniques, and development responsibilities; prepare an airport master plan executive summary.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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