Planning and Design of Airports, Fifth Edition, includes complete coverage of the latest aircraft and air traffic management technologies, passenger processing technologies, computer-based analytical and design models, new guidelines for estimating required runway lengths and pavement thicknesses, current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, and much more. Fully updated to reflect the significant changes that have occurred in the aviation industry, the new edition of this classic text offers definitive guidance on every aspect of planning, designing, engineering, and renovating airports and terminals.
From the Preface
In the preface to the fourth edition of this text, the late Dr. Francis McKelvey remarked that the technological and legislative developments related to the air transportation industry in the 1980s and early 1990s were of such significance that an updating of the book was needed. The fourth edition, published in 1994, enhanced previous editions, the first of which was published in 1962.
In the 16 years since this last update, it may be said that the changes to the practice of airport planning and design have been more significant than in any other era in the history of aviation. Implementation of twenty-first-century technologies has resulted in the first major overhaul to aircraft and air navigation systems in generations, computer-based analytical and design models have replaced antiquated geopolitical events have all but rewritten the rules of planning, designing, and operating civil-use airports.
These significant enhancements to the aviation system have resulted in unique challenges in creating an updated fifth edition of this important and highly accepted text. While every attempt was made to keep to the traditional structure of the book and to preserve the theoretical strengths for which it is most well known, much of the material in the previous edition required more replacement than simply being made current. Within this latest edition the reader will find, for example, new and entirely different strategies to estimate required runway lengths and their associated required pavement thicknesses. This text attempts to maintain the flavor of previous editions while understanding, for example, that airport navigational aids of the previous century are becoming all but obsolete, in favor of a digital, satellite-based communication and navigational system, and that airport financing strategies are in a revolutionary state, given anticipated changes to federal aviation funding mechanisms. Updating this edition has, in fact, been a continuous "race against time," as important changes to the aviation system were constantly occurring during this process.
In light of these challenges, this fifth edition is hoped to again be the standard text for those interested in the fundamentals of airport planning and design. The information located within these chapters is applicable both for academic coursework and as a reference on the desks of airport planning and design professionals. As the industry continues to moves forward, it is of course recommended that the latest design standards published by the Federal Aviation Administration, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and local, state, and other federal agencies be consulted.
Table of Contents
Part One: Airport Planning
Chapter 1: The Nature of Civil Aviation and Airports. Chapter 2: Aircraft Characteristics Related to Airport Design. Chapter 3: Air Traffic Management. Chapter 4: Airport Planning Studies. Chapter 5: Forecasting for Airport Planning.
Part Two: Airport Design
Chapter 6: Geometric Design of the Airfield. Chapter 7: Structural Design of Airport Pavements. Chapter 8: Airport Lighting, Marking, and Signage. Chapter 9: Airport Drainage. Chapter 10: Planning and Design of the Terminal Area.
Part Three: Special Topics in Airport Planning and Design.
Chapter 11: Airport Security Planning. Chapter 12: Airport Airside Capacity and Delay. Chapter 13: Finance Strategies for Airport Planning. Chapter 14: Environmental Planning. Chapter 15: Heliports.
About the Authors
(deceased) was an internationally known consultant on airport design and professor of transportation engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Francis X. McKelvey
(deceased) was a professor of civil engineering at Michigan State University. He served as a consultant on transportation and airport planning to federal, state, and local agencies, as well as to private firms in the United States and abroad.
William J. Sproule
is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technology University. He has many years of experience in government service, consulting, and university teaching and research in transportation planning, traffic engineering, airport planning and design, and automated people movers in Canada and the United States. He is active in several professional societies and is the 2008 recipient of the ASCE Robert Horonjeff Award for his work in airport engineering.
Seth B. Young
is an associate professor in the Department of Aviation at The Ohio State University and president of the International Aviation Management Group, Inc. He serves as a consultant and instructor to airports around the world on issues of airport management, planning and design. Dr. Young is the chair of the National Academies Transportation Research Board Committee on Aviation System Planning. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives, a licensed airplane and seaplane commercial pilot, and a certified flight instructor.