Aviation Planning

Every airport needs vision. The difference between success and failure is usually in the plan... or the lack thereof. In today’s complex aviation world, planning is essential. What sets the KSA team apart from other consultants is the fact that we implicitly include planning in every assignment. As our project engineers design, they consult our planners to make sure the project is sustainable and won’t hinder the airport’s future development.


We are experts at helping airports devise a realistic and relevant plan. Airport master plans provide a 20-year vision for an airport. When used correctly, a master plan is a powerful tool that can simplify the implementation of essential airport improvements and become a catalyst
for the success of the airport system as a whole. Undertaking a master planning process will ensure that development at your airport progresses in a logical and feasible manner. Proper planning is often the first step in obtaining funding support for airport improvements.


An airport’s layout plan is one of its most important documents. It not only depicts existing airport facilities, but future facilities as well. Before a project can be considered for funding assistance, it must be depicted on the ALP. ALPs are one of the few items the FAA reviews and approves from both a land and airspace perspective. We can help you create and maintain this important document to facilitate growth and convenience at your airport.


The KSA planning team can skillfully prepare studies that complement or supplement master planning reports like terminal area, business and economic development plans. Terminal area plans focus on the responsible growth of your airport’s landside environment and are often needed after land acquisition, or as a result of a community’s changing economic environment. Business plans are often created before the master planning process to provide your airport with a suitable means of considering its external influences. Economic development plans assess your airport’s external influences in order to identify ways the airport can assist with the goals and objectives of the community as a whole.


Prior to obtaining governmental approvals or funding for a project, an environmental evaluation of the project’s impact is often required. When funding assistance is not needed, this evaluation can be relatively simple and the process can proceed rather quickly. When airport funding assistance is needed, however, the environmental process can become more burdensome as it will include a project justification component. KSA experts can guide you through these processes with ease to ensure your project is properly evaluated and justified in a timely fashion.