Practical Airside Planning

New course concept with 4 half-day virtual training modules

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Airport operators must continuously adapt their infrastructure in order to stay up-to-date with changing aircraft fleets, airline requirements, as well as regulations. This task requires qualified staff with demonstrated practical experience to understand and apply airport planning principles and best-practices.  

This training course consists of four distinct half-day modules, during which participants will follow a practical series of actual airfield planning exercises led by experienced airport engineers demonstrating the use of CAD software and other associated applications, such as Transoft AviPLAN, Runway Exit Design Interactive Model (REDIM) and DIALux.   

Each module focuses on common planning issues regarding key airfield components, i.e. runways, taxiways, aprons, and aircraft stands, also referring to corresponding regulations (especially ICAO Annex 14 and EASA CS ADR-DSN) and latest documents like ICAO Aerodrome Design Manual (Doc. 9157).

All exercises address real-life practical examples based on actual project experience, such as extending an existing runway, designing a turn pad, planning rapid exit taxiways (RET), adapting aircraft stands to new passenger boarding bridges, or implementing new floodlighting equipment.   

This course is beneficial for all professionals involved in aerodrome planning and design, airport operations and airside compliance including planners, engineers, architects, operational and compliance managers as well as auditors, Civil Aviation Authorities and regulatory oversight personnel.  


  • The training can be conducted as an in-house custom session with tailored content to reflect your individual planning needs and questions.  
  • To be eligible for a course certificate, participants are required to attend a minimum of 3 out of the 4 modules. 

Course Details

Location: Virtual
Language: English
Date: 4 half-days
Duration: 2 days

Course Content

Module 1 – Runways  

This first module focuses on common planning and design issues related to runways:  

  • Extension of a given runway to satisfy take-off and landing runway length requirements of an updated aircraft fleet mix. 

  • Reduction of runway width from 60 m to 45 m in compliance with the latest revision of ICAO Annex 14 and EASA CS ADR-DSN to reduce construction and maintenance costs.  

  • Planning of a runway turn pad as a cost-efficient way to make use of an extended runway without providing a parallel taxiway to the full length, especially when the number of aircraft movements, which require the whole runway length, is low.  


Module 2 – Taxiways  

In the second module, participants will learn about taxiway design optimisation through live practical exercises:  

  • Layout of dual taxiway entrances to the runway increasing runway capacity and providing the capability to optimize the departure sequence.   

  • Rapid exit taxiway (RET) planning and design using the Runway Exit Design Interactive Model (REDIM). These elements allow aircraft to leave the runway at higher speeds and therefore increase the runway capacity by reducing the runway occupancy time (ROT).   

  • Taxiway fillet design using Transoft AviPLAN as well as the FAA Fillet Design Tool taking into account corresponding regulations as well as aircraft characteristics and manoeuvring capabilities.  


Module 3 – Apron Layout (Exercises)  

The third module is a detailed practical study highlighting relevant planning questions related to apron layout.  

  • Planning and optimization of the overall apron layout and associated taxilane system to cater for required capacity, flexibility, and efficiency of apron operations.  

  • Design of remote parking positions making allowance for regulative and operational requirements as well as required visual aids like ground markings.  

  • Consideration of pushback manoeuvres and jet blast issues aiming for safety of apron operations.   


Module 4 – Aircraft stand design  

In the fourth module, the instructors will share live CAD simulations focusing on aircraft stand design, including power-out parking positions and floodlighting.  

  • Planning of contact stands equipped with passenger boarding bridges. The software Transoft AviPLAN is used to simulate the operation of boarding bridges to address respective manoeuvring capabilities and associated requirements.  

  • Design of power-out parking positions allowing aircraft to leave the stand under its own power, i.e. without pushback, and therefore reducing costs for ground handling services. Specific challenges of these kinds of aircraft stands will be discussed, e.g. space requirements and jet blast issues.  

  • Floodlighting design to provide for adequate illuminance of aircraft stands and surrounding apron areas according to international regulations. During this process not only the effects on pilots will be evaluated but also how a well thought out floodlighting design can contribute to a safer workplace for ground handling personnel and safe flight operations in the vicinity of the airport. 




Hardy Springborn, M.Sc.

Hardy is a graduated aeronautical engineer and holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering (Aviation). He is specialised in aerodrome planning and infrastructure design as well as aerodrome operations and compliance. His specialisation is not only supplemented by his experience as an aircraft mechanic, but also by his activities as a certified lighting planner.

As a vital part of our aerodrome planning department within the consulting division of airsight, Hardy supports our customers in questions regarding the design and development of aerodrome movement areas, such as aprons and taxiways, and in questions of daily operations, such as ad hoc enquiries for the handling planning of special aircraft activities.

Hardy has been working on several projects for airsight. These projects recently included the airports of Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Douala, Luxembourg, Sydney, and Yaoundé.

Denis Thiemer, Dipl.-Ing.

Denis is a transport engineer, specialised in aerodrome planning, with wide ranging experience in airside infrastructure design, aerodrome operations and safety as well as compliance with ICAO SARPs and EASA aerodrome regulations. 

He supports numerous airports worldwide in planning and design tasks, compliance inspections and audits. One of Denis’s core competences is airside operations, assisting clients in developing innovative operational concepts for safe and efficient airside operations. 

Denis has expert knowledge and expertise in airport expansion and rehabilitation projects, including aeronautical studies, obstruction surveys and safety cases as well as the planning of accompanying measures related to extensive construction activities on airports. 

His most recent projects include Berlin, Munich, Hannover, Hamburg and Luxembourg airports as well as Auckland (NZ), Brussels, Sydney, Jamaica and Yaoundé and Douala Airports.

Target Group

  • Airport planners
  • CAA aerodrome inspectors
  • Aerodrome compliance managers
  • Architects and civil engineers
  • Aerodrome designers, engineers and planners 

Organisational Details

The training is organised in 4-half-day modules, each from 09:00 to 13:00 Central European Time.

At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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