Creating the Future of Air Mobility: FTE Global 2022 in Review

Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Chris Runde, was excited to take part in this year’s FTE (Future Travel Experience) Global 2022 in Las Vegas through two key sessions on air mobility and digital twin technology.

In addition, our global alliance companies, Dar Group, Perkins&Will, TYLin, Landrum & Brown, and Integral Group, Ross & Baruzzini launched Airformer during the event. This online platform models AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) operations with an overlay of existing transportation types, electric grid nodes, noise, and other essential variables. 

“The future of travel is human-centric and cannot be achieved through typical, incremental change,” says Chris Runde. “The next generation traveler is carbon-conscious, dynamic, independent, and tech-savvy. The winners of the aviation industry will challenge the status quo and shift the paradigm of ‘processing’ passengers. A design thinking, customer-driven approach is what will differentiate and elevate industry leaders in the coming years.” 

Images via FTE Global

At Ross & Baruzzini and across our global alliance, we envision safe, efficient, and sustainable solutions that help to keep everyone and everything moving forward. Go to to explore more about AAM, and read more about our collaborative work across aviation and sustainability from our featured article on

Aviation Profile

Founded in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini is consistently ranked as one of the premier consulting engineering firms in the world. Since our first airport project in 1973, Ross & Baruzzini has managed projects in nearly 200 airports throughout the United States and 30 countries for projects ranging from $1 Million to $32 Billion.

These projects include the redevelopment of existing terminals while existing airline operations were maintained to develop the world’s largest, newest airport complex. Ross & Baruzzini is the largest and most experienced provider of airport I.T. and security consulting and engineering services in the U.S. aviation market.

Smart Airport operations incorporate improved operational efficiencies, enhanced passenger experience, and advanced security protection. As an international aviation firm, Ross & Baruzzini has a true understanding of where technology is heading and how it can improve airport operations and the customer experience.

Our team of airport operations experts, system engineers, and technology consultants specialize in developing integrated airport operations and technology applications that enable airport processes and procedures to operate more intelligently. Ross & Baruzzini provides a wide range of aviation services, including operations strategic planning; systems design and engineering; systems installation, testing, commission; and program management support services providing staff augmentation to support all aspects of airport operations.

airport waiting area with airplane taking off in the background

In addition to traditional consulting and engineering disciplines, Ross & Baruzzini is a nationally recognized leader in risk and resilience management and security planning in the airport sector and within a wide range of critical infrastructure sectors.

The Ross & Baruzzini Team possesses broad industry experience and expertise in conducting threat and vulnerability assessments. Our team combines assessment knowledge with a comprehensive understanding of airports and the operating environment. It is cognizant of potential changes and industry-leading mitigation strategies that may have a risk management impact.

Ross & Baruzzini also provides specialized engineering experience in aviation support systems.
Primary professional services focus on planning, assessments, design, procurement, installation, and commissioning of complex automated baggage handling systems (BHS), explosive detection and trace detection systems for baggage security screening. Our full range of services are offered by professional staff with extensive hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of applied technology, manufacturing, construction, and application of governmental security mandates and processes. We have handled more than 1,000 complete or in-process projects involving automated baggage systems ranging from $25,000 to $235 million in contract value.

Additionally, the Ross & Baruzzini professional staff have authored and contributed several critical security and information technology guidance studies as part of the Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS) in coordination with Safe Skies Alliance.

Moreover, our personnel and system subject matter experts (SMEs) have over 14 years of TSA technical support experience at over 140 U.S. airports with over 800+ Explosive Detection Systems (EDS).

Specialty Services

Airport Operations
• Operations Master Planning
• Airside/Landside/Terminal/FAA Operations
• Policies and Procedures Development
• Title 14, CFR, Part 139 Compliance
• Operation Processes Re-engineering
• Resources and Staff Optimization
• CAPEX, OPEX Budget Planning

Airport Security
• Security Concept of Operations
• Security Risk Assessment and Compliance
• TSA/CBP/Law Enforcement Requirements Planning
• Passengers, Baggage, and Goods Screening
• Security and Emergency Control Centers Planning
• Access Control and Video Surveillance
• Perimeter Intrusion Detection
• Public Space Risk Assessment
• Threat & Vulnerability Assessment (TVA)
• Automated Screening Lanes (ASLs)

Airport Technology
• Technology Master Planning
• Airport Integration Platforms
• Common Use Systems
• Communications Infrastructure Systems Engineering
• Telecommunication Systems Engineering
• Aviation and Passenger Operation Systems Engineering
• Life Safety and Security Systems Engineering
• Audio-Visual and Augmented Reality Systems Engineering
• Process and Building Automation Systems Engineering
• Airport Digital Transformation
• Data Center and Business Continuity Systems Engineering

Baggage Handling Systems
• Automated Outbound Systems
• Integrated Security Screening Systems
• International Recheck and Transfer Systems
• Early Bag Storage Systems
• Inbound Claim Systems
• Automated Sorting Systems

See You in Paris: Join Our Aviation Team in France for the 2022 Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference

The world’s largest annual airport exhibition is back in Paris! The Passenger Terminal Expo is a must-attend event bringing together thought leaders from across the world to explore the industry’s latest technology and rapid growth potential.

Let’s meet in Paris to talk about how we can help you develop an integrated approach that is personalized to your individual needs, ensuring that your next project is safe and secure as passenger demand grows:

Why Attend the 2022 Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference?

The Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference will once again provide a significant opportunity for airports and airlines to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale, with 10,000+ people from at least 130 countries attending each year.

Attracting 1,900+ senior airport, airline, aviation authority, government, and related business executives from all over the world, this event provides essential solutions and idea exchanges for the future development of the world’s airports.

Stay Ahead of the Game and Connect with Our Aviation Experts

Business Development Directors, Jim Carey and Jen Zemba, will be in attendance. If you’re attending, contact us here to set up your one-on-one during this event.

April 2022 Conferences: Join Our Aviation and Baggage Handling Teams

Our Aviation and Baggage Handling teams are ready for the SEC-AAAE Annual Conference and the Airports@Work Conference this month.

Let’s connect during these events and discuss how we can help you build an integrated strategy tailored to your specific needs, ensuring your next project is safe and secure as passenger demand continues to grow:

2022 Airports@Work Conference

ACI-NA’s Airports@Work Conference brings together the most complex facets of airport operations for a collaborative discussion about today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. This event will be held at the Loews Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on April 25 – 28.

The agenda will highlight the latest in technology, sustainability, operations, and security with plenary sessions on the state of aviation and post-pandemic environments.

Visit the 2022 Airports@Work Conference Website for Registration Details.

From airport technology to baggage handling systems, our teams have deep insight into the future of airports. We can improve your airport operations and customer experiences by developing integrated applications that enable airport processes and procedures to operate more intelligently.

Ross & Baruzzini provides a wide range of aviation services, including operations strategic planning, system design, engineering, installation, testing, commissioning, and program management support services providing staff augmentation to support all aspects of airport operations. Contact us today to see how we can help your next project, big or small.

2022 SEC-AAAE Annual Conference

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) was created in 1983 during the course of an annual conference of the Southeastern Airport Managers Association.  This year’s event will be held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenneneese on April 10 – 12.

Key sessions include how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will affect future airport projects along with other important topics covering post-COVID recovery, unmanned aircraft systems, technology, and cybersecurity.

Visit the SEC-AAAE Website for Registration Details.

Aviation Principal Consultant – Mark Crosby

This post was originally published on May 7, 2020 and was updated on February 4, 2022.

Mark Crosby is a principal consultant, project executive, subject matter expert and business development lead for aviation, emergency management, maritime and public safety clients. With almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Crosby is an accredited airport executive (AAE) and recognized expert in airport security, emergency management and public safety.

Prior to joining Ross & Baruzzini, Crosby served as the Director of Public Safety and Security at Portland International Airport/Port of Portland. With his 25 years of senior management experience at Portland and Sacramento International Airports and leadership positions with AAAE, ACI-NA, ACC, ACI-World, IAAE, and the Safe Skies Alliance, Mark is a leader in the Aviation Security, Public Safety and Emergency Management industry.

Contact Mark

T:  +1  800.404.7677
C: +1  971.235.1477
E: [email protected]
LinkedIn: Mark Crosby