CE 153 Airport Design [3 units]
This is a design course focused on airports. The course includes an introduction to aviation systems and to airport planning. The coverage includes the operating characteristics of airplanes as they relate to airport operations and design; the planning and design of the airfield; passenger and cargo terminal systems; airport land use and layout planning; access facilities; air traffic control; environmental impact analysis; and airport economics an finance.
The course includes a design project where the students work in teams on a current airport planning and design. The project typically involves the planning and design of an airport expansion program for a major air carrier airport. The class is organized in working teams each focusing on one component of the project. The course includes lectures, laboratory exercises, homework assignments, a design project report, a midterm, and a final examination. Students present the result of the design project in front of a jury of visiting airport planning professionals. A field trip to one of the local area airports or LAX is always offered.
CE 260 Air Transportation [3 units]
This course covers aviation areas such as: nature of civil aviation; structure of the airline industry; aircraft characteristics and performance; aircraft noise; navigation and air traffic control; airport planning and design; airline operations; aviation system planning.
The course provides a multi-disciplinary, systems level, introduction to air transportation. It also provides experience in applying methods and concepts covered in Transportation Engineering core curriculum to aviation domain; introduces additional concepts in economics, operations research, statistics, and human factors that are used in aviation and are applicable to other transportation systems.
CE 290Z: Selected Topics in Air Transportation [2 units]
Current developments in air transportation. Topics of current interest, including methods of systems operations analysis, airport and airline planning, and issues of air transportation policy. Course Format: Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: CE 260 (may be taken concurrently).
Aviation Infrastructure Economics
This course focuses on theory and application in the field of National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure management, maintenance, economics, strategy and policies. Optimization techniques for making better NAS infrastructure management decisions are introduced and applied to real-world problems.
The NAS is one of the largest, the most complex, technologically advanced and integrated civil infrastructure systems, consisting of over 48,000 complex facilities and services that are in various stages of approaching physical or technical obsolescence. Their proper management is vital to aviation safety and capacity. This course presents tools and information that enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its contractors to make better decisions about NAS infrastructure inspection, maintenance, investment, and modernization. It should also enable the FAA to optimally balance its own and user costs related to investment, maintenance, and facility outages.
AV-12 Airport Systems Planning and Design [2.6 CEU]
This intensive course provides an introduction to the broad range of issues that arise in planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand. These issues are examined in the context of recent trends in fuel costs, and evolving efforts to address climate change and sustainability.
The topics covered range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Airfield design, passenger processing, and airport ground access are also discussed.