Solutions for Success

Kaplan & Mello Planning,  (KMP) is a full-service woman-owned consulting firm that provides facilities and operations planning, environmental planning, and financial planning services to airport owners and operators, and federal, state and local agencies. We provide technical consulting and project management services relating to airport facilities planning, airport master planning, financial analyses, environmental planning, financial and site feasibility studies, airfield and airspace analyses, and airport development programs, either on a project basis or as part of on-call consulting services.  

We want to: 

  • Be an extension of your airport or state staff  

    • We know airports.  We have worked at airports and state governments and are here to ensure your interests are represented.

  • Be an extension of your consulting staff 

    • Our goal is to help your firm realize its potential by providing insight that we have learned over our years of aviation development.


Master Planning 

Ever-changing FAA requirements practically demand that airports maintain a current master plan; currently the FAA is requiring updating airport master plans/airport layout plans every 7-10 years. 

Whether airport owners are engaged in first-time master planning or updating a current strategy, our comprehensive planning process generates useful and easy-to-understand information to guide them in their efforts as we have worked various airports throughout the country from large commercial service airports to small general aviation airports. Key components of our master planning include: 

  • Accurate Inventories 

  • Realistic Forecasts that are grounded 

  • Runway safety area studies  

  • Feasibility studies  

  • Airport property development  

  • Land use planning and analysis  

  • Airport layout plans  

  • Terminal requirements  

  • Community input analysis 

Although the components of every plan may be different, all of our master plans are grounded in accurate technical reporting and include recommendations that are compatible with municipal land use and zoning regulations. 


We will ensure that the alternatives chosen through your planning efforts are thoroughly researched to avoid environmental pitfalls prior to completing outreach efforts to state and federal officials.  Once we have determined that it is viable project we will work with you to ensure that environmental process goes seamlessly with the end result of NEPA approval (Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) or Environmental Assessment (EA)).


With years of experience, Kaplan & Mello Planning has the capabilities and expertise to take your company and airport clients to the next level. It is no secret that current aviation system needs far outweigh available funding needed to complete important airport projects. Airports requires consistent maintenance and improvements to meet the demands of the traveling public. A strong, realistic annual five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) request to the FAA is an integral part of reaching the airport’s goals. However, the CIP must be justified and this starts with a defendable Master Plan identifying all the needs, requirements and local goals in a solid and realistic Capital Improvement Program chapter. At Kaplan & Mello we combine our insights and skills to transform your processes and strategies, and in turn, provide a more thought out approach to the maintenance and development of all airports, large or small. We’re proud to help shape and improve how our clients structure and manage their business giving them a stronger team that can work together to provide quality planning for the airports they are or will be selected to serve. 


We can assist with the following:

  • Airport development programs

  • Airfield and airspace needs

  • Independent Fee Estimates (IFE)

  • Peer Review

  • Overall airport project management


Lemont, IL, USA

208 861 0149

208 861 0149

Lemont, IL, USA

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