Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. in Management Science, 1978
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1967
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1964



Mr. Hoffman is the President of Flight Transportation Associates. He specializes in airport/airline planning and operations, computer simulation and software development, and air traffic control and navigation technology.

Second Bangkok International Airport Master Plan

Directed FTA's participation in the development of a Master Plan for the proposed new Second Bangkok International Airport at Nong Ngu Hao in Thailand. Prepared demand forecasts for passengers, cargo, and aircraft movements at SBIA through the year 2010. Performed a taxiway delays analysis using FTA's taxiway simulation model TAXSIM. Supervised airspace analysis and design.

Schiphol Noise Capacity Study - Phase I

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) commissioned FTA to conduct an analysis of Schiphol’s capacity in light of the new noise zone limitations. Specifically, Mr. Hoffman led FTA in identifying and assessing operational/technical measures to increase capacity and/or to limit noise. This study involved a comprehensive review of noise-capacity issues and some preliminary analyses of promising concepts at Schiphol. It was aimed at identifying areas of further investigation to guide AAS planning for the development of Schiphol and, more generally, air transport activities in the Netherlands over the coming decades.

Washington State Air Transportation Commission

Participated in the evaluation of Air Transportation Policy Options in Washington for the AIRTRAC. Reviewed air transportation issues in Washington's Central Puget Sound Region. Assessed the feasibility of alternative policy options, including future high-capacity aircraft, reliever airports, and wayport facilities


KSA Airfield Modeling

Managed FTA’s efforts in the review of Airservices Australia’s Long Term Operating Plan for Sydney airport (LTOP) FTA and AirPlan, Pty. to conducted airfield modeling of the proposed LTOP improvements and independently assessed and prioritized their benefits. FTA’s first task was a critical review of the SDT Capacity Study on which the LTOP was based.

Pease International Tradeport Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study

Directed the consultant team that recently was selected to conduct the FAA Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study for Pease International Tradeport (formerly Pease AFB) in New Hampshire. Manages the project, including formulation of future forecast scenarios, evaluation of noise contours and land use impacts, development of mitigation techniques, and preparation of a noise compatibility program.

Logan Airside Improvements Planning Project

Directed FTA’s effort in a comprehensive analysis of several airside improvement concepts to reduce delays at Logan Airport. The concepts included a new unidirectional commuter runway, other runway extensions, various taxiway improvements, reduced landing minimums, and a peak hour pricing mechanism. Developed the overall study methodology for analyzing operational and environmental impacts of the proposed improvements. Participated in the selection of recommended improvement packages which were carried forward into a more in-depth Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/EIR) process. Participated in the public review process and contributed to the preparation of the EIS and EIR mandated by State and Federal authorities.

Boston Regional Airport System Study

Program manager for the Boston Regional Airport System Study, which was an element of the Massachusetts Airport System Plan. This project involved a detailed inventory of current airport facilities in the Northeast, a comprehensive market evaluation of passenger and cargo demand, and a projection of future airport requirements under various scenarios of market development.

Revised Preferential Runway Advisory System, Logan International Airport

Program Manager for the development of a Revised Preferential Runway Advisory System (PRAS) to recommend runway assignments to FAA controllers at Logan International Airport. PRAS is a real-time system implemented on a personal computer in the FAA tower. It generates recommendations that satisfy wind, weather and demand conditions, and attempts to provide short-term relief and long-term sharing of the airport’s noise impacts.

Second Major Airport Siting Study, Massachusetts

Managed FTA's involvement in a preliminary siting study for a Second Major Airport for the Boston area. This effort included evaluating the economic benefits, market catchment, and aeronautical considerations for prospective sites. Computer models of projected passenger demand were developed, and the Integrated Noise Model was used to estimate noise impacts.

St. Louis Airport Master Plan Review

Conducted an in-depth analysis of the Master Plan for a proposed new parallel runway. Used the FLAPS and DELAYSIM models to complete a capacity and delay analysis of several runway configurations. Analyzed crossings of the proposed runway by taxiing aircraft to determine the need for a new parallel taxiway which was not included in the Master Plan.

Logan Growth Impact Control Study

Participated in the Logan Growth Impact Control (LOGIC) study for Massport, which quantified the environmental effects of anticipated future growth at the airport, and formulated strategies to control the impacts. Developed forecasts of future traffic scenarios. Assessed noise impacts of alternative scenarios using the Integrated Noise Model. Analyzed Noise Monitoring System data and airfield operations to assess low frequency noise impacts of aircraft operations. Assisted in the development and evaluation of mitigation measures.

Stockholm Arlanda Master Plan Review

Reviewed Swedish plans for future developments at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, including the addition of a third runway. Used the RUNCAP model to conduct a peer review of the Master Plan's capacity studies and to provide recommendations on the proposed design. Examined the proposed taxiway layout and suggested improvements to optimize ground movements, particularly to access the new runway during winter conditions when deicing procedures are required. Analyzed the airspace layout and procedures which pose a significant airport capacity constraint due to severe noise regulations in effect in Sweden. Provided suggestions to relax the airspace constraints based on future technology and FAA TERPS requirements.

Capacity and Delay Study, Logan International Airport

Conducted an extensive airfield capacity and delay analysis for Logan International Airport, for incorporation in the airport master plan. The two-year study included an inventory of airport facilities and procedures, demand forecasts, capacity analyses, and evaluation of capital and non-capital alternatives for capacity expansion. FTA's analytical and simulation models were used to evaluate runway configurations, delay problems, and other airport operations.

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

Managed FTA's efforts on behalf of the RAND Corpororation and the Schiphol Airport Authortiy to evaluate the safety of Schiphol operations. A comprehensive inventory of operations at Schiphol was conducted to assess current practices and to compare with other international airports (Paris, London, Frankfurt, Boston). A variety of safety enhancement concepts were identified; each was examined with respect to several criteria to produce recommendations for future gains in the airport's safety program. Ongoing work involves the analysis of proposed taxiway systems for a planned fifth runway.

Computer Based Planning Tools

Supervises FTA's automation projects and computer model development. Major development efforts include: Flexible Airport Simulation (FLAPS), a detailed model of runway operations for capacity and delay analyses; Taxiway Simulation (TAXSIM), which models the aircraft movements on the airport surface; Terminal Airspace Simulation (TASIM), which simulates air traffic within the terminal area of an airport; the Interactive Scheduling System (ISS), a microcomputer graphics package for airline schedulers;  Managed FTA's development of a computer network for scheduling that was installed for the USAF Military Airlift Command.  Developed enhancements to other industry models, including the ICAO Collision Risk Model (CRM) and the FAA Integrated Noise Model (INM).

Navigation Systems Studies

Supervised several related projects on air navigation for the Transportation Systems Center (U.S. Department of Transportation). These projects focused on the proposed implementation of supplemental radio navigation aids, with particular emphasis on Loran-C. Projects included developing the integration plan, specifying a test program for the Global Positioning System under typical conditions faced by civil land users, and resolving a range of issues concerning Loran-C.


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