Airport Planning

Backed by decades of experience and recognized as an industry leader, our aviation services group provides a full range of airport planning services, including strategic airport master plans, business plans, feasibility studies, environmental investigations and environmental assessments.

Master Airport Planning Experts

Ever-changing FAA requirements practically demand that airports maintain a current master plan.

Whether airport administrators are engaged in first-time master planning or updating a current strategy, our comprehensive planning process generates useful and easy-to-understand information to guide them in their efforts. Key components of our master planning include:

  • Traffic analyses and forecasts 
  • Runway safety area studies 
  • Feasibility studies 
  • Airport property development 
  • Land use planning and analysis 
  • Airport layout plans 
  • Ceiling, visibility, and wind analysis 
  • Terminal requirements 
  • Community input analysis

Although the components of every plan may be different, all of our master plans are grounded in accurate technical reporting and include recommendations that are compatible with municipal land use and zoning regulations.

Effective Business Planning

Like master planning, effective business planning can be the difference between a successful airport and one that struggles. Through targeted business planning, our experts establish essential benchmarks that help airport administrators:

  • Analyze where the airport has been, where it stands today and where it needs to be 
  • Define their direction 
  • Properly allocate resources 
  • Understand the competitive environment 
  • Identify and evaluate alternatives 
  • Balance actions and recommendations with available resources

Full Service Capabilities

Our full service business planning capabilities include:

  • Financial planning 
  • Airport mission, goals, and objectives development 
  • Competitor analysis 
  • Essential airport management document review 
  • Revenue enhancement strategy 
  • Detailed expense analysis 
  • Projected cash flow and profit/loss statements 
  • Airport management analysis 
  • Marketing program support

Additional Airport Planning Services

In addition to master planning, business planning and airport management services, our planning portfolio includes technical expertise to help airports reap the benefits of Geographic Information System (GIS) integration. Construction management and inspections complete our planning circle.

Using GIS to Strengthen Airport Operations

Geographic Information Systems are map-based tools that use a system of hardware and software to store, retrieve, map and analyze geographic data. For airports, that can mean better airspace planning and routing, up-to-date navigational charts or even 3-D analysis of surrounding communities to gauge security, obstruction or land use permitting issues.

L.R. Kimball is a recognized industry leader in GIS integration. Our GIS and aviation specialists work in tandem to develop applications that meet FAA standards, improve overall airport safety and strengthen airport efficiencies in several areas, including:

  • Utilities and facilities management 
  • Building information management 
  • Airspace and obstruction analysis 
  • Airport surface analysis that supports new instrument procedure development 
  • Property management 
  • Pavement management 
  • Airport GIS standards development 
  • Airport layout plan development and management 
  • Airport self inspection programs 
  • Customized applications

Construction Management and Inspection Expertise

Our comprehensive construction management and inspection services round out our planning portfolio. These services are rooted in our strong communication skills, our ability to effectively manage our time, consistent and professional project supervision, and our commitment to understand every aspect of every project.

Our four-pronged approach to effective construction management and inspection includes:

  • Developing a comprehensive construction management plan targeted to individual project needs 
  • Combining value engineering with innovative thinking to encourage cost-effective designs 
  • Executing timely design reviews 
  • Completing a wide variety of construction supervision/inspection services, including:
    • Construction phasing plans
    • Field and lab tests
    • Nuclear density tests
    • Project reporting and estimating
    • As-constructed drawings
    • Construction certifications