KLJ among presenters at South Dakota Airports Conference

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KLJ among presenters at South Dakota Airports Conference

KLJ is proud to be among the presenters for this year’s South Dakota Airports Conference taking place virtually this week. KLJ aviation planners Matt Nisbet and Andrew Zielike will lead a discussion on wind analysis for airport planning projects and why it is necessary. Additionally, KLJ aviation project manager, Jake Braunagel, will present information on precision approach path identifiers (PAPI) discussing everything from proper PAPI design to FAA flight inspection information.

Matt Nisbet is an aviation planner with over 20 years of experience. He earned his JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law and BBA with a major in airport management from the University of North Dakota. Matt is an aviation enthusiast and holds a private pilot certificate. He has worked on several different projects at KLJ including airport master plans, airport layout plan updates, environmental assessments, land use plans, and zoning ordinances.  

Andrew Zielike is an aviation planner with 12 years of experience in the industry, including 10 years of experience in airport management at three commercial service airports. Andrew supports a range of planning services, including ALP updates, airport master planning, and project justification, for general aviation and commercial service airports. Andrew graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BBA in airport management and is a licensed private pilot. 

Jake Braunagel is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota with over eight years of experience in the aviation industry. He earned a BS in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. He is active in airport design, construction and project management primarily in Minnesota and South Dakota. Jake has experience in pavement design and construction of general aviation and commercial service airfield pavements based on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular standards.