Hitting the books: Study tips for engineering exams

When you are a recent college graduate who is striving to become a licensed engineer, earning your degree doesn’t mean you’ve studied for your last exam. As a new hire in Hanson’s aviation market, I knew that passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exam would be necessary for my path toward professional licensure. Continue Reading

What to expect with changes to FAA’s advisory circular on airport design

As the aviation industry evolves, necessary changes to design standards and regulations are essential. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes these guidelines in documents known as advisory circulars (ACs). These documents are used to ensure a high level of safety and efficiency in all aspects of the airport system. One area of the airport system, airfield design, is the focus of AC 150/5300-13A: Airport Design, Change 1 (13A), dated September 2014. This AC is one of the more commonly used by aviation planning and engineering firms. Continue Reading

Army background benefits Hanson's Rinker in his career

Service to my country has been an important part of my life since I was a young adult. In 1989, at age 17, I joined the Illinois Army National Guard. I completed my basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, and then infantry advanced individual training in the summer of 1990. During my 12 years with the Guard, I served as an infantryman and an anti-tank missile gunner. In 1995, I switched to field artillery, serving as a battalion ammunition section chief for a few years before transferring to the Camp Lincoln Regional Training Institute as a certified U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) instructor. In that position, I taught field artillery-specific training to sergeants who were preparing for the promotion to staff sergeant. Continue Reading

Building the foundation

Vero Beach Regional Airport is a dynamic, general aviation airfield with a mission of supporting its surrounding communities’ economic sustainability. In 2016, the city of Vero Beach drafted a master plan to map the airport’s path to a more vibrant role in the future growth of Indian River County and the surrounding region along Florida’s eastern coast. Continue Reading

An aviation engineering dream leads Mendoza to Hanson internship

I came into college with a sense of uncertainty. I hadn’t found what I was passionate about yet. I knew I enjoyed my high school’s math and science classes, but I wasn’t confident choosing a major so early in my college career. I began studying general engineering, and after switching Continue Reading Continue Reading

Resiliency trends in airport planning: Exploring MBCx

Comfortable customers are happy customers. Our last post about resiliency addressed it as a key consideration for airports and the aviation industry as they look to position themselves for a successful future. In this post, we examine how monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) could play a role in resiliency efforts. The MBCx Continue Reading Continue Reading

Amherst Consulting joins Hanson aviation market

Hanson has completed the acquisition of Amherst Consulting Co. LLC, a full-service engineering consulting firm in Maitland, Florida. Amherst specializes in aviation planning, programming, design and construction services. “By adding Amherst, we can expand our design, construction-phase services and innovative project delivery capabilities for aviation clients in and beyond Florida,” Continue Reading Continue Reading

Resiliency trends in airport planning

Resilience is key for airports and the aviation industry. On Jan. 24, 2021, Forbes published an article stating, “researchers found that nearly 270 airports around the world are currently in danger of coastal flooding due to rising sea levels.” The author refers to the journal article, “Global Analysis of Sea Level Rise Continue Reading Continue Reading

It’s an airport, not a zoo: Managing excess wildlife

When animals and aircraft occupy the same airspace at the same time, accidents happen. Birds are the animal most commonly involved in animal-aircraft collisions, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website’s section about wildlife management, accounting for approximately 97% of wildlife strikes annually. Mammals and reptiles (particularly white-tailed deer, Continue Reading Continue Reading