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Airport & Airspace Planning & Design

HMMH works with air carriers, airports, and civil aviation authorities to enhance operations through more efficient airfield and airspace designs. We specialize in airspace and airfield optimization techniques that combine tried-and-true optimization and safety solutions with emerging procedures and paradigms such as Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and Optimized Profile Descents (OPD), and in the application of NextGen solutions to capacity and delay issues at individual airports as well as at metroplex levels.

Using state-of-the-art simulation technologies, such as the Sector Design Analysis Tool (SDAT), Terminal Area Route Generation Evaluation Traffic Simulation (TARGETS), and Total Airspace & Airport Modeler (TAAM), we evaluate the impacts of new surface movement and airspace configurations. We are particularly adept at applying statistical analysis to validate systemic impacts, gauge costs and benefits, and pinpoint technical risks of program alternatives.

Our unique expertise in this area comes from our longstanding support to the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and our staff of air traffic and piloting professionals who blend years of experience in modeling and simulation with scientific rigor to deliver effective, real-world solutions. This approach yields substantiated solutions geared to NextGen operational realities. HMMH’s staff has earned their reputation as experts by supporting airfield and airspace design efforts sponsored by the FAA and various U.S. airports such as Chicago O’Hare, Miami International, and Philadelphia International.

quote HMMH consistently provides high quality products and their advice has been invaluable in guiding the JPDO's effort to frame important policy issues to key government decision makers. Analyses of key issues demonstrate detailed understanding of advanced aviation and air traffic management concepts and the overarching policy considerations of a network enabled, aircraft centeric, satellite based, environmentally friendly, safe and secure transportation system. quote— Claire Robinson, JPDO