Airport Planning

Each day airport sponsors and management are challenged with an increasing range of operational, financial, and environmental concerns affecting their airport. Changes in air service, political climate, environmental compliance, residential encroachment, and budget constraints hinder progress. At the same time, technological advances in satellite navigation, increasing corporate jet fractional ownership, Next-Gen aircraft development, and unmanned aerial systems offer exciting opportunities for an airport’s future.

In addition to meeting airside development needs, Armstrong incorporates community vision, mission, and goals into implementation plans that will achieve the highest and best use of available airport land.  By doing so, we can aid in maximizing airport revenues and enhancing the economic benefit of the airport to local communities.  Working within three FAA regions, our planning assignments have included:

  • Airport Master Plans
  • Airport Layout Plans
  • Airport Business Plans
  • Airport Marketing Services
  • Heliport Planning
  • Site Selection Studies
  • Obstruction Analysis
  • Public Involvement Programs
  • A-GIS & eALP
  • Instrument Approaches

  • Air Cargo Facilities
  • Terminal Area Planning
  • SPCC Plans
  • SWPP Plans
  • Airport Certification Manuals
  • Airport Emergency Plans
  • Simulation Modeling
  • Sustainability Planning
  • PFC Applications
  • Economic Impact Assessment/Financial Planning

Our overall goal is to provide the framework needed to guide future airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand, while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

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Airport Planning Projects
  • Idaho Falls Regional Airport

    Airport Master Plan Update

    Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The Idaho Falls Regional Airport is a primary commercial service airport serving the aviation needs of eastern Idaho, southern Montana, and western Wyoming. The airport is served by four passenger service airlines, including United, Delta, Horizon, and Allegiant. The AMP Update included a detailed evaluation of terminal building needs, including recommended square footage to accommodate peak hour passenger flow over the 20-year planning period. Recommended landside development and areas for future non-aeronautical revenue generating activities were included. The AMP provided an optimal layout of future facilities in an economical and environmentally responsible manner based on input and feedback from the airport planning advisory committee and local community. Two key components were the Compatible Land Use Plan and Noise Contour Analysis, and the evaluation of alternatives to meet future general aviation hangar development needs. Our approach emphasized public involvement and engagement of users, tenants, and community.
    Idaho Falls Regional Airport | Airport Master Plan Update | Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Roswell International Air Center

    Airport Master Plan Update

    Roswell, New Mexico

    The Roswell International Air Center is a dynamic Part 139 airport with commercial service and an extensive industrial park complex. Additionally, the airport is used by a number of aircraft manufacturers for flight testing and proving of new aircraft. All of these components make the Airport Master Plan especially important in planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing the many improvement projects that are an ongoing part of this vibrant airport’s operation. Armstrong was selected to complete a comprehensive update to the AMP to meet state and federal agency guidelines, airport operational requirements, and community financial and planning requirements.
    Roswell International Air Center | Airport Master Plan Update | Roswell, New Mexico
  • Steamboat Springs Airport/Bob Adams Field

    Airport Master Plan Update

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Located in a popular resort and second-home community, Steamboat Springs Airport is home to over 90 based aircraft and an extensive number of transient business jets and turboprop aircraft. The AMP focused on development scenarios that would maximize airport revenues in an attempt to achieve financial self-sufficiency on the airport. An extensive public involvement process was included to address the controversy of the role and value of the airport. A separate study was being conducted concurrently to evaluate closing the airport and converting the land to alternate uses. Compatible land use plans were prepared to protect against incompatible encroachment on the airport. The findings of the AMP were validated by the Alternate Use Study. The city council has since passed a resolution in support of the airport and two multi-hangar development projects are now in process.
    Steamboat Springs Airport/Bob Adams Field | Airport Master Plan Update | Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Spanish Fork-Springville Airport

    Airport Layout Plan

    Spanish Fork, Utah

    The Spanish Fork-Springville Airport has over 200 based aircraft and was conducting an Airport Layout Plan Update to show the existing, future and ultimate runway lengths for the airport. The area surrounding the airport had been continuously developed with several different types of land uses. The updated ALP provided guidance on land that should be protected for future airport development as well as a recommendation on appropriate runway length to accommodate existing and future demand. The updated ALP identified landside development, including hangar, taxiway, and apron expansion. The airport is surrounded by jurisdictional wetlands. Therefore, providing a plan that would maximize development in the upland areas and justification for development within areas identified as wetlands, was essential. Ultimately, the plan included a short-term runway shift and extension, which is currently under construction, and a new instrument approach and upgrade to an ARC of C-II in the future.
    Spanish Fork-Springville Airport | Airport Layout Plan | Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Grand Canyon West Airport

    Airport Master Plan

    Peach Springs, Arizona

    The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation selected Armstrong to produce an Airport Master Plan for the Grand Canyon West Airport. Grand Canyon West Airport is a primary commercial service airport located in northwest Arizona along the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The airport’s economic drive is entirely driven by tourism since the area is a well known destination resort. Attractions at Grand Canyon West consist of the Skywalk, the Guano Point River Boat and horseback rides within the Grand Canyon. The airport’s primary role is to serve air tour operators (fixed wing and helicopters) that originate in Las Vegas and Phoenix. The airport is continually growing and is currently listed as the fourth busiest commercial service airport within the state of Arizona. With a 25 percent increase in visitors projected by 2015, Armstrong has included in its AMP an assessment of current facilities including, terminal buildings, apron, runway, and helicopter parking pads to determine the future needs.
    Grand Canyon West Airport | Airport Master Plan | Peach Springs, Arizona