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Course Description

Airports are fascinating organisms. While they provide the bases for the worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves, a microcosm of the outside world. The course will take students from Balloons to the Wright Brothers, up to the development of Jet Aircraft, the SST, and current technological advances. We will also take the students behind the scenes of airports, primarily JFK, and cover such topics as how an airport is organized and managed; mandated functions and services; how JFK was developed;  specific functions such as emergency planning and response; wildlife management; irregular operations such as snow removal and a number of technological advances at airports such as Next Gen Air Traffic Control System. A request will be made to take a tour of RDU Airport during the Semester. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion; Viewing Videos
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