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

Becoming a Certified Member of the AAAE

Like other industries, aviation offers accreditations to help you grow in your career knowledge. One example is the Certified Member (C.M.) accreditation through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The C.M. is a valuable credential for young aviation professionals and industry veterans alike. The designation shows the aviation community that an individual has a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of airport operations. Professionals who receive the C.M. designation can upgrade to the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) program after meeting additional requirements. Continue Reading

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