AV Airfield/Airspace Planner

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Port of Seattle

Manage planning studies involving airfield and ramp area facilities (including concourses; airline and airport support facilities; and cargo facilities) and conduct complex airfield and airspace planning and engineering to ensure the airfield and airspace meet operational demands and federal requirements.

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for planning studies involving airfield / airspace issues, including: solving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) locations and FAA Hot Spots; planning level Safety Risk Assessments (SRA); or planning for projects which may receive federal funding and be placed on the airports Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
  • Manage planning studies to evaluate, justify and define projects eligible to receive the airports annual $6 million Airport Improvement Plan (AIP) entitlement funds and position the airport to receive additional discretionary funds.
  • Conduct core planning and technical work for airfield and airspace; to include use of AutoCAD as a planning tool for aircraft parking, airfield planning, and airspace obstruction analysis; GIS as a planning tool for management of the airport’s Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and Airport Geographic Information System (AGIS) database for the ALP.
  • Serve as the airports single point of contact for coordination with the FAA on projects that affect the ALP.  Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders such as Airport Operations, Project Management, Environmental, and Finance; work collaboratively with external stakeholders such as airlines, Ramp Tower, FAA Tower / FAA Airport District Office (ADO) / FAA Regional Office.
  • Use planning/engineering tools (AutoCAD, AviPlan) to develop solutions for complex gate layouts for aircraft, loading bridges, fueling, and ground service equipment.
  • Present options to stakeholders in a clear manner and facilitate stakeholder engagement to achieve consensus for recommended project implementation.
  • Prepare detailed construction documents for proposed gate improvements for Port Engineering, Survey and Paint staff.
  • Support planning studies involving expansion or relocation of ramp area facilities.  This includes developing and evaluating alternative layouts of on airfield facilities and aircraft movement areas such as: passenger and cargo hardstands; airline and airport support facilities; concourses; and cargo facilities.
  • Work with stakeholders, Port subject matter experts, and consultant resources to lead or support the development of project definition documents that achieve consensus on preferred concepts and facilitate transition to design.

Thorough understanding of airspace dynamics including FAA air traffic control regulations that dictate aircraft movement and spacing through airspace. In-depth understanding of FAA regulations that guide airport planning and design. Knowledge of web-based mapping systems; mapping and geographic principals; working knowledge of terminal, landside, cargo and support facilities operations related to the airfield and overall airport function. In depth level of technical planning knowledge and expertise in airfield/airspace; strong knowledge of project development and delivery.

Skills to solve complex airfield/airspace planning assignments, develop an RFQ (Requests for Quote) to identify and contract/consultant. Skills to think three dimensionally and understand the mechanics of passenger loading bridges and how they work to quickly resolve complex aircraft gate layout issues.

Ability to understand and interpret stakeholder, consultant, or user needs and interests and create project approaches to address them. Ability to synthesize and communicate technical information to audiences with varying levels of expertise and knowledge. The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with multi-disciplinary teams both internal and external agencies; build consensus and negotiate; systematically compile and analyze complex data sets or project variables. Ability to work independently or manage others to the full completion of assigned projects.

Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation or closely related field;
  • Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible in airport planning or airfield technical operations; and
  • Experience with GIS, AutoCAD software.


  • Master’s Degree;
  • Fifteen (15) years of increasingly responsible airport planning or airfield technical operations;
  • Experience with airfield planning and modeling software; and
  • Previous experience performing airfield and airspace planning work at medium to large hub airports.

EEO Statement

The Port of Seattle is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, knowing decisions concerning the employment relationship will be made without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, regulations and ordinances.

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