Airport Planner

Job/Position: Airport Planner


Description: Applications are being accepted for an Airport Planner, located in Atlanta working under contract to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Aviation Program. This Airport Planner will report directly to and serve as an assistant to the Aviation Planning Manager in administering all planning elements associated with the State’s Air Transportation System. Following is a list of the primary responsibilities:


  1. Job Responsibility Statement #1 - Responsible for and administers the development and maintenance of the Georgia Statewide Aviation System Plan (GSASP). Manages the Georgia Aviation Systems Plan which involves detailed study and ongoing assessment of all general aviation and commercial public-use airports in the State of Georgia in order to verify and document the airports and related facilities needed to meet the current and future air transportation needs of the state. The study shall identify the aeronautical role of each airport and describe the development required at each. The GSASP may include other regional and statewide planning studies such as Economic Impact Studies, Pavement Management Studies, Justification Studies, and other specialty studies. Responsibilities include contract management, project reviews and monitoring, and public participation and involvement.


  1. Job Responsibility Statement #2 - Responsible for and administers Master Planning, Air Service Studies and all other Aviation Planning for the Aviation Program. Develops, monitors, reviews and approves aviation planning studies for the State and the FAA under the State Airport Improvement Programs and the Federal Block Grant Program. These studies include airport master plans, airport layout plans, air service studies, and other specialized planning studies as required. Assures all contracted studies meet department and federal requirements and guidelines.


    1. Responsibility Statement #3 – Provides expertise and support to Air Carriers and helps with Air Service issues. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of the air carrier/air transportation system in Georgia and of federal and state laws and regulations that affect it. Evaluates current trends and developments in air transportation. Maintains database of Air Carrier information for each of Georgia’s commercial service airports. Serves as a resource for communities seeking to establish, improve or expand their air carrier operations. Works with communities on such issues and programs such as the Essential Service Program (EAS), Small Community Air Service Program (SCASP) and other programs to improve air transportation.


  1. Job Responsibility Statement #4 - Responsible for the Publication of the Georgia Airport Directory and Aeronautical Chart. Develops, compiles, and prepares the Georgia Airport Directory and Aeronautical Chart for distribution to the aviation community. Acquires all necessary technical data from various federal and state agencies and compiles with data collected during airport inspections. Identifies, advertises and contracts with firms for the update and printing of the Directory and Chart.


  1. Job Responsibility Statement #5 - Performs other functions to aid and support responsibilities of the Aviation Program. Must be knowledgeable of and accomplish airport inspections in accordance with the provisions of the FAA Airport Safety Data Program and the Georgia DOT Rules and regulations for Licensing of Certain Open-to-the-Public Airports. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations regarding aviation planning and the air transportation industry and of any current trends and developments in the field. Assists with the issuance of Georgia Airport License for Open-to-the-Public Airports.


  1. Job Responsibility Statement #6 - Performs additional tasks as required. Prepares and submits aviation related data required by the other offices of the Department. Willingly performs assigned tasks outside normal responsibilities as required by the Aviation Planning Manager and Aviation Program leadership.


BS degree required, 2 to 5 years’ experience in airport/aviation planning. Annual salary based on qualifications and experience. A full range of competitive benefits is offered for this full-time, long-term contract position.


Please submit a letter of interest describing your relevant qualifications along with a current resume to:


Melissa Moore

Senior Technical Recruiter

706-685-6250 direct

706-304-1566 mobile