Airport Systems Planning and Design (49th Annual Short Course)

Dates: September 22 - October 15, 2020

Meets: Tu and Th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Online



This course grants 2.4 CEUs and will soon be approved for 24 AICP CM credits (AICP credits pending approval)


The course is being offered in association with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).

This four-week online 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.

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Intended Audience

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.

For Questions about Course Content

Contact Geoff Gosling, the course coordinator, at 510-528-8741 or

For more information including the course agenda and hotel information please go to the NEXTOR website.

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

Or email us with your questions at

Or call us at 510-643-4393


Questions regarding registration related matters should be addressed to the Registrar at 510-643-4393 or Questions regarding course content should be addressed to Geoff Gosling, the course coordinator, at 510-528-8741 or For more information, including the course agenda, please go to the Nextor Website.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)FAA Employees Only$1,500.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$1,900.00



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, and helped establish the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research, serving as its first Program Manager. From 2003 to 2012, in addition to his consulting practice he served as a Research Associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University. His recent consulting activities have included participation on the consultant team supporting the 2011 update of the Regional Airport System Planning Analysis for the San Francisco Bay Area and providing consultant assistance to the Southern California Association of Governments in updating the aviation element of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan. He has also been active in the Airport Cooperative Research Program and has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several ACRP studies. He recently chaired the Project Panel for an ACRP study on integrating aviation and passenger rail systems planning in congested corridors and served as co principal investigator on an ACRP study on passenger value of time, benefit-cost analysis, and airport capital investment decisions. He is currently serving as co-principal investigator on an ACRP study of the use of disaggregated socioeconomic data in air passenger demand studies. He is a past chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Aviation System Planning and currently serves on several TRB committees as an Emeritus Member of the TRB. He also has served for many years on the Airport Planning and Operations Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has published a wide range of technical reports, journal papers, and other articles in various areas of transportation, and is a co author of the book Strategic Airport Planning.
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 a number of 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.

Date Day Time Location
09/22/2020Tuesday10 AM to 2 PM Online
09/24/2020Thursday10 AM to 2 PM Online
09/29/2020Tuesday10 AM to 2 PM Online
10/01/2020Thursday10 AM to 2 PM Online
10/06/2020Tuesday10 AM to 2 PM Online
10/08/2020Thursday10 AM to 2 PM Online
10/13/2020Tuesday10 AM to 2 PM Online
10/15/2020Thursday10 AM to 2 PM Online


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