Smart planning: Preparing for aviation advances

Technology is a quickly moving phenomenon, and keeping pace with the changes requires looking ahead and investing in the infrastructure and other elements needed to accommodate those changes. Hanson Associate Project Manager Kyle Dorf, P.E., recently spoke about smart planning for general aviation (GA) airports at the 2024 Tennessee Airports Conference in Franklin, Tennessee. According to Kyle, now is the time for airports to consider how they can benefit from the $6 billion available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for upgrading electrical charging station infrastructure and position themselves well for other changes on the horizon. Continue Reading

Strong after the storm: Hanson stands by clients

Hanson’s relationship with our aviation clients is instrumental in our ability to support an airport’s success. When disaster strikes and the effects take a toll, those relationships and our expertise are tested. Intricate involvement in and an understanding of the airport’s priorities and projects prior to a natural disaster are critical factors in Hanson’s ability to jump in and help. The Hanson team works closely alongside the airport staff members as they rebuild their facility and recover safe operations. Continue Reading

Five years of system efficiency at Orlando International Airport

The Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Florida and was the eighth busiest in the U.S. in 2022, according to The airport provides $41 billion in annual revenue for the regional economy, as noted by Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders. Five years ago, Hanson helped the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) lift a major project off the ground at Orlando International with commissioning services for the facility’s South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) expansion. Continue Reading

Want to leave a legacy? Become an engineer.

Developing deep and meaningful connections within and beyond Hanson has been a career highlight for Aviation Civil Designer Hannah Engel, who joined Hanson full time in June 2020 after spending two years as an intern during breaks from attending her alma mater, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. During her five-plus years working on aviation projects alongside her Hanson colleagues, Hannah has found engineering to be a diverse and dynamic field with a plethora of opportunities for young people looking to make a meaningful impact on the world. Continue Reading

Airside all in one: ACRP WebResource 13 is your new best friend

Aviation is a complex and dynamic industry full of rules, regulations, standards and suggestions. When you begin your career in this fascinating yet intimidating field, you might ask yourself, “Where do I find the resources that I need?” Are you feeling overwhelmed? We can help! Hanson has had the privilege of working with the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) to develop an online resource known as the ACRP WebResource 13: Airside Planning, Design, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance, which helps simplify the process of navigating FAA standards. Continue Reading

Getting the lead out of aviation fuel

Do you remember the grumbling and the long lines at gas pumps in the 1970s, when unleaded automobile fuel was being introduced in the U.S.? If you don’t, your parents or grandparents do! The Clean Air Act was passed into law in 1970, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed in 1973. After it was determined that the fumes resulting from the heavy metal lead in fuel was hazardous to breathe, the EPA regulated the amount of lead in automobile fuel, and the United States began to phase out the use of leaded gas. Continue Reading

Sky’s the limit: Get the most from your airport capital improvement plan

In the aviation industry, planning is key. To position your airport to compete for future funding and best use the funding in hand, you must form a smart strategy. An effective capital improvement plan (CIP) can be challenging to develop, but its significance to your airport’s development and the surrounding community can’t be overstated. Continue Reading