July 25, 2016


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Johnson Aviation is a certified small business enterprise (SBE) that provides strategic planning for the airport industry. We offer our public and private clients a range of services, from program management and master planning to grant funding and litigation support. Whether large hub or general aviation airport we understand the unique considerations for airside, landside, land use, airspace, and environmental needs. Our team has been working on airport projects since 1991 and with its network of partners can create individualized approaches for projects of every scope and size.

We have extensive experience working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on national policy development and at the local airport level. Our specialty is California airports and we work closely with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and local government to meet the demands of economic and population growth while protecting the airport environment. Aviation safety is our priority when balancing the needs of airport owners, land owners and project developers interested in tapping the full potential of the airport economic engine.

Nick Johnson founded Johnson Aviation in 2004 to provide leadership on high profile and contentious aviation projects. His work at Los Angeles International Airport and San Diego International Airport cleared the way for multi-billion-dollar development programs at both facilities.  The company has since expanded its client base to include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), many large hub and general aviation airports, The Boeing Company, NASA, Dollar-Thrifty Rental Car, major land owners, developers, cities and federal-government contractors.  After successfully leading the team that transferred ownership of Ontario International Airport (ONT) from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) in 2016, Nick continues to work with the OIAA on strategic planning and development projects for ONT. Prior to starting Johnson Aviation, Nick was vice president and partner with the international airport planning company Landrum & Brown.

Specialties: Airport master plans, program management, airport and airspace simulation modeling, aircraft noise modeling, airport design, airspace design, advanced procedures development, aviation safety analysis, land use planning, benefit-cost analysis, capital improvement planning, business planning, strategic planning, decision analysis, policy analysis, expert witness and other litigation support.

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