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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

For Immediate Release Coffman Associates’ tradition of excellence in airport planning continues with the transition of executive leadership to Dave Fitz as Chief Executive Officer and Mike Dmyterko as President. Both Dave and Mike started their careers with the firm in the early 1990s and developed highly regarded reputations in the industry, and already serve…

Read More