Coffman Associates has completed over 1,200 airport planning assignments, including master plans, noise and land use studies, environmental documentation, and other complementary studies.


Coffman Associates is committed to providing high quality airport planning, implementable and sustainable solutions, and projects completed on-time and on-budget. 


Airport planning is all we do! We provide airports across the United States and internationally with high-quality planning tailored to meet each of our clients' unique needs. 


of our projects are with repeat clients


of our employees have been with us for at least 15 years


of commercial service airports have selected us


planning assignments completed

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  • Primary Commercial Service Airports

  • General Aviation Airports

  • Sustainable Master Plans

  • Guided Environmental Approval Process

  • Experts in NEPA & CEQA Requirements

  • Reduce Environmental Consequences

  • Aircraft Modeling Using Latest FAA Software

  • Noise Abatement & Land Use Measures

  • Fly Quietly Programs

We are experts in providing and facilitating high-quality, multi-media public outreach and coordination for all of our services.

  • Use GIS to Help Locate Ideal Site

  • Community Outreach

  • Gain FAA & State Approval

  • Multi-Faceted Input

  • Part 139 Inspection & Maintenance Applications

  • Lease Management

  • Airspace Analysis Applications

  • Highly Customized

  • FAA or State Grant Applications

  • 7460 & 7480 Filings

  • Capital Improvement Plans

  • Economic Benefit Analysis

Antoine de Saint-Exupèry: The mind of an author, the heart of a pilot

June 29, 2022

Although mostly known for his literary works, Antoine de Saint-Exupèry was, at his heart, a fearless pilot who often ignored things like safety protocols and experience in his quest for flight.

Geraldine Mock: “The Flying Housewife”

March 19, 2021

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock’s love of aviation started at an early age. Her first flight was at the ripe old age of seven, when she and her father rode in a Ford TriMotor. The flight only lasted about 15 minutes, but it started a lifelong love of flying—a love strengthened when Amelia Earhart made her around-the-world…

Alan Shepard: The Astronaut Who Almost Wasn’t

November 18, 2020

Born Nov. 18, 1923 (and a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren), Alan B. Shepard, Jr., became part of history when he became the first American in space during the Mercury flight in 1961. He also holds the distinction as the oldest person to walk on the moon—he was 47 during the Apollo 14…

The Strength of the Aviation Industry is Found in our Past

October 6, 2020

By Dave Fitz, CEO of Coffman Associates . In a blink of an eye, our world has changed: face-to-face meetings and conferences are out, and Zoom, WebEx, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and face masks are in.  The aviation industry has received a real punch in the stomach when COVID-19 took hold across the globe.  This…

What We Do – Airport Sustainability Planning

August 25, 2020

By Eric Pfeifer, Principal What is airport sustainability planning? Airports are more than multi-modal transportation hubs. They are engines that drive local and regional economies; they are systems of complex, symbiotic operations and business entities; they have the potential to impact the surrounding natural environment particularly in terms of its noise and air emissions impacts;…

The Queen of the Air

July 24, 2020

Amelia Earhart wasn’t at all interested in aviation after her first encounter with an airplane. She was 10 years old and found it to be “a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” All that changed ten years later when, in 1920, when she took a life-changing and history-altering ride with pilot Frank…

What We Do – Feasibility/Site Selection Studies

July 17, 2020

by Patrick Taylor, Principal What are Feasibility/Site Selection Studies? As a community grows and prospers, it may become more evident that a new or replacement airport is a necessary piece of critical transportation infrastructure.  Airports, particularly general aviation airports, provide a connection to markets on a regional and national level.  The FAA prescribes a process…

What We Do – New Series

June 12, 2020

Welcome to the “What We Do” series! In these posts, we’ll discuss the core services we provide to our airport clients, with specifics on each service including the process involved and why it’s necessary. Each post will be authored by an industry expert with in-depth knowledge of the topic but presented in an easy-to-understand way.…

Aviator Spotlight – Bessie Coleman

May 28, 2020

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was a true pioneer in aviation.   During a time when female aviators were few and far between, Bessie was able to make a name for herself by becoming the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license.  Her determination and courage are remembered now, nearly a century later, as we put…

Aviator Spotlight – The Wright Brothers, Fathers of Aviation

May 21, 2020

December 17, 1903, marks what is arguably the most important day in our industry’s history. On this day, 117 years ago, we learned to fly. Wilbur and Orville Wright are considered the founders of modern aviation.  Their technological breakthroughs and unmatched contributions laid the foundation for the industry as we know it today. The brothers…