Airport Systems Planning and Design (53rd Annual Short Course)

Dates: June 24-28, 2024

Meets: M, Tu, W, and Th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Fr 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Location: UC Berkeley Faculty Club

There are still openings remaining at this time.



This course grants 3.7 CEUs and will soon be approved for 37 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 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. 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.

Click here for a detailed course outline.

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, please go to the Nextor Website.

Instruction Team

Faculty member in charge:
Mark Hansen, Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California

Course Coordinators:
Geoffrey Gosling, Principal, Aviation System Consulting, Berkeley, California
Michael Hanowsky, Director, Practice Lead for Data Analytics and Operational Planning, Woolpert, Burlingame, California

Instructional staff: (Instructional team roster is not finalized. Some changes may occur)
Adam Cohen, Research Associate, Innovative Mobility Research Group, Transportation Sustainability
Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
Thomas Cornell, Vice President, Landrum & Brown, San Francisco, California
David Full, Vice President Aviation – Environmental Service Group Leader, RS&H, San Francisco, California
Geoffrey Gosling, Principal, Aviation System Consulting, Berkeley, California
Michael Hanowsky, Director, Practice Lead for Data Analytics and Operational Planning, Woolpert, Burlingame, California
Lisa Harmon, Project Planner - Aviation, Mead & Hunt, Sacramento, California
Peter Mandle, Executive Vice President, InterVISTAS Consulting, Burlingame, California
Scott Nason, President, SDN TT&H Consulting, Dallas, Texas
Christopher Oswald, Senior Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Airports Council International – North America, Washington, DC
Thomas Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Keiser Phillips Associates, Seattle, Washington
Nora Richardson, Director, Frasca & Associates, Houston, Texas
Burr Stewart, Aviation Strategic Planning & Sustainability Consultant, Seattle, Washington
Byron Thurber, Senior Aviation Planner, Arup, San Francisco, California

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

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a refund less a $75 processing fee, you must notify TechTransfer at least five (5) working days before the course is scheduled to begin. Notifications must be made in writing and sent by email to We reserve the right to charge the full course fee if proper notification is not sent to TechTransfer. We don't offer refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less.

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 total 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.

If you’ve registered for a self-paced class, you cannot receive a refund once you start the class.

We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you do not test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

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This class is not eligible for any group discounts.
Questions regarding registration related matters should be addressed to the Registrar at 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 and hotel information please go to the Nextor Website.


Fee Breakdown

FeeStandard fee$2,750.00
Fee-AlternateFAA Employees Only$2,000.00
Fee-AlternateLate Registration - May 25 - June 21$3,000.00

UC Berkeley Faculty Club

For more information visit The Faculty Club at UC Berkeley website.

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.

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. He 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 using 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 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 and Practice Lead for Data Analytics and 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.

Date Day Time Location
06/24/2024Monday8:30 AM to 5 PM UC Berkeley Faculty Club
06/25/2024Tuesday8:30 AM to 5 PM UC Berkeley Faculty Club
06/26/2024Wednesday8:30 AM to 5 PM UC Berkeley Faculty Club
06/27/2024Thursday8:30 AM to 5 PM UC Berkeley Faculty Club
06/28/2024Friday8:30 AM to 1 PM UC Berkeley Faculty Club


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