Airport engineering is the design, construction, and maintenance of airport facilities. Airports are designed to fulfill many roles. Primary functions include runways for air craft take off sand landings and terminals for the safe movement of passengers and cargo in and out of the airport.
As an airport engineer, your primary responsibility is to plan and design the construction of safe and functional aviation facilities. Similar to civil engineers, airport engineers study maps, survey reports, and blueprints as part of the planning and design process. They may also evaluate construction materials, equipment, and labor costs associated with airport construction. Because this profession involves legal responsibilities, they must consider government regulations and requirements and ensure that airport facilities meet standards.
About the Book
This book has been rewritten for a fourth edition to continue to serve as the basic text used in airport planning and design courses. To date, this book has been used as a reference for airport designers, planners, and managers worldwide, as well as consultants involved in airport infrastructure development.
The fourth edition is a complete update of the third edition published in 1992, taking into account significant revisions in standards and recommended practices of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
In addition, there vision reflects the authors’ teaching, consulting, and research experience in this field. The authors have taught graduate and post-experience courses worldwide and have extensive experience as consultants, having been involved in the planning and design of many airports around the world, both large and small, for the past 20 years.
This fourth edition of Airport Engineeringwaspublished18 years after the previous one, during which time very significant and far-reaching changes have occurred in the civil aviation community.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the north eastern United States in 2001, security has been dramatically and irreversibly tightened around the world and especially in the United States. Passenger convenience has been transformed by the almost universal introduction of electronic ticketing and check-in procedures; the inauguration of the A 380 heralded the arrival of what had been termed the “new big aircraft. The information technology (IT) revolution had a profound impact on the air travel and air transportation industries.