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Airport Planning

ATAC provides expert modeling, simulation, and analysis services in airport planning, design and operations assessment and its unique combination of highly experienced staff and sophisticated aviation planning tools to address complex capacity, environmental, operational and economic issues associated with existing and proposed airport facilities. 

ATAC’s experience includes developing simulation models of over 35 major airports in the U.S. ATAC has participated in airport master planning; benefit-cost analysis; design of new airports; and runway expansion and reconfiguration projects by providing airfield and airspace simulation/analysis and noise impact assessment. ATAC’s tools and experience allow us to address critical airport planning issues such as:

  • How does projected air traffic growth affect airport delays?
  • Which new airfield configuration provides the most operating benefit in terms of delay, throughput, and airfield congestion?
  • How should a new terminal be laid out, or an existing one be reconfigured?
  • How can security screening be modified to improve passenger and baggage flow?
  • What is the noise impact on the surrounding community of new runways, revised operating procedures, or projected future traffic demand?
  • How best can complex air traffic operations and noise issues be visualized and presented to the community? 

ATAC offers access to a unique set of airport planning and design tools that are critical to successfully isolating airport problems, identifying potential solutions, and evaluating alternatives. These tools have been developed by ATAC over many years to meet the needs of designers and analysts for system visualization, graphical design, operations simulation, and impact evaluation.