Bridging the passenger’s path from terminal to aircraft

Most air travelers board and deplane their flights unaware of the engineering involved with designing and constructing the gates and bridges that allow them to move between terminals and aircraft. Without careful thought and planning behind these features, customer comfort and satisfaction undoubtedly would suffer. Continue Reading

Apron project combines function with environmental friendliness

Indy South Greenwood’s 5,000-foot runway, which has increased in length over the years to accommodate the growing business and general aviation needs of Greenwood, Johnson County and metropolitan Indianapolis, has outgrown the airport’s often-congested terminal apron. Working with NGC Aviation Consultants, Hanson designed an expansion of the apron and obtained the necessary building and floodway permits and mitigation. Continue Reading

Practical plan reviews gauge project constructability

Picture this: You have conceptualized an expansive project to improve your airport. The design checks all your boxes — extra space, innovative features, modern appearance. Your funding is secured, and you’re ready to break ground. Wait a minute, though. There’s one more box to check: Is your design feasible to construct? Continue Reading

Construction observation key to project success

Behind every exceptional runway or taxiway project or solidly built structure is an experienced resident project representative (RPR). High-quality construction observation relies on an RPR, who monitors construction activities daily for accordance with the contract documents and construction plans. RPRs perform construction engineering observation to reduce the potential for costly defects or deficiencies. As a critical part of the construction team, an RPR can save the client money by reducing or eliminating the need for change orders, detecting the use of substandard or unapproved construction materials and preventing project delays. Continue Reading

Aviation career takes off for young civil engineer

As a child growing up in south Florida, Daniel Doyle, P.E., knew he would eventually work in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. During his childhood, Daniel’s grandfather shared stories of working on large transportation engineering projects, such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco, which inspired him to pursue a similar career in civil engineering. Continue Reading

Big sky picture: Engineer offers pilot’s viewpoint to clients

As a pilot and an engineer, Hanson’s Susan Zellers, a senior project manager and aviation planning lead, has a bird’s-eye view of airport operations and how project construction, hangar features, pavement quality, airfield signage, airfield lighting and other factors at airports can affect pilots. Continue Reading

Maintaining airport operational safety during construction

Preparing for construction on an active airfield can be daunting. Construction Safety Week is a great time to highlight this critical facet of operational safety at airports. Although there is no real substitute for experience, the Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5370-2: Operational Safety on Airports During Construction offers great tips to help guide airport operators, engineering design consultants and construction contractors in planning and executing construction in a safe and effective manner, with minimal impact to airport operations. Continue Reading

FAA Advisory Circular 13B has landed!

It has been almost eight years since the last update of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13A, Change 1, Airport Design (AC 13A). With new technologies and the evolving aviation industry, the FAA released a long-awaited update of draft FAA AC 150/5300-13B, Airport Design (AC 13B) in July 2020. After almost two years in draft form, the FAA officially released AC 13B on March 31, 2022. Continue Reading

Airports must evolve with transportation technology

By now, you likely have noticed a flurry of news stories about urban air mobility (UAM), advanced air mobility (AAM), electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. In fact, several aircraft manufacturers are on the way to advancing the idea of AAM and eVTOL, with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) support and the imminent certification of new aircraft. At the same time, the U.S. government has an ambitious goal to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric, according to an Aug. 5, 2021, White House executive order. How will this affect your airport and your long-term planning for capital projects and funding? Continue Reading

Let us help your airport with asset management

Hanson strives to be proactive and practical, providing innovative and inspiring ideas for our clients, projects and communities. One way we are doing this is through a partnership with a Canadian software company — Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (ISI) — that has developed an asset management and capital planning software, known as DOT™ (Decision Optimization Technology), to help municipal, county and state clients with their capital improvement plans now and for future years. Continue Reading