Experienced

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

Dedicated

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

Specialized

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. 

70%

of our projects are with repeat clients

32%

of our employees have been with us at least 20 years

29%

of commercial service airports have selected us

1000+

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

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…

What We Do – Environmental Documentation

May 13, 2020

by Judi Krauss, Environmental Planner What environmental documentation is needed for an airport project?  Good question!  There are all kinds of environmental regulations and “special purpose” laws related to the natural, cultural, and human environment that could apply to your airport or airport project.  However, the big one is called the National Environmental Policy Act,…

Our Vision Remains

May 12, 2020

by Steve Wagner, Senior Consultant I am writing this following the first week of a 30-day stay-at-home order in Kansas City, which was put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following a 44-year career in the consulting field – disrupted nearly 20 years ago by 9/11 and over 10 years ago by the recession…

What We Do – Airport Master Plans

May 12, 2020

by Chandra Burks, Airport Planner What is an Airport Master Plan? An airport master plan is a comprehensive, long-range study of every physical aspect of an airport. From runways and taxiways to passenger terminals, hangars, aprons, parking facilities, and more, the plan evaluates every aspect of the airport.  The primary product is a roadmap for…

Looking Back Over 40 Years

March 10, 2020

by Steve Benson, Senior Consultant Hard to believe it has been 40 years since I left a national engineering firm to go to work in Steve and Jeanette Coffman’s basement for a newly incorporated airport planning firm. I suppose I was just young and naïve at the time, but I was excited about this new…