Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012 September 13, 2017

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest (LRD) 21 is a compilation of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport legal determinations and opinion letters through December 31, 2012. This tool has recently been converted into a WebResource.



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Preparing Airports for Communicable Diseases on Arriving Flights September 11, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 83: Preparing Airports for Communicable Diseases on Arriving Flights examines current disease preparedness and response practices at U.S. and Canadian airports in coordination with public health officers and partners. While larger airports that receive international flights are most likely to experience the challenges associated with these events, the preparedness and response lessons are transferable to the aviation sector more...

Airport Passenger Terminal Design Library September 7, 2017

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program has released WebResource 2: Airport Passenger Terminal Design Library. This electronic resources library houses searchable information on, and links to, existing ACRP, federal, and other industry documents related to airport passenger terminal planning and design.

Dispersion Modeling Guidance for Airports Addressing Local Air Quality Health Concerns September 5, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 179: Dispersion Modeling Guidance for Airports Addressing Local Air Quality Health Concerns provides guidance for selecting and applying dispersion models to study local air quality health impacts resulting from airport-related emissions. The report explores challenges associated with modeling emissions in an airport setting for the purpose of understanding their potential impacts on human health.

Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles August 31, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released WebResource 1: Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles. This website provides guidance to help airports manage airport communications and public relations proactively. The primary objective of this research addresses possible misunderstandings about realities faced by airport management related to community expectations for air service or other airport-related services and resulting economic benefits. Three “toolkits”...

Uses of Social Media to Inform Operational Response and Recovery During an Airport Emergency August 30, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 82: Uses of Social Media to Inform Operational Response and Recovery During an Airport Emergency summarizes airport practices and tools used by airport emergency managers. Using social media for emergency management, airports glean information and intelligence from the stream of posts and messages passing through social media and then apply this information to enhance situational awareness and resource allocation decisions by...

Transportation Network Companies: Challenges and Opportunities for Airport Operators August 28, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 84: Transportation Network Companies: Challenges and Opportunities for Airport Operators compiles experiences and effective practices by airports in facilitating customer access to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. This synthesis also summarizes the amount of revenue airports receive from TNCs and how TNCs are affecting airport operations and other businesses. As of December 2016, TNCs are permitted to...

Alternative Fuels in Airport Fleets August 27, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 85: Alternative Fuels in Airport Fleets is designed to assist airport operators in analyzing complex procurement, operational, and environmental decisions when considering alternative fuels in airport fleets.



Airports own and contract fleets to transport passengers, staff, and goods by on- and off-road vehicles. Although most transportation fuels are consumed by aircraft, using alternative fuels in airport...

Generating Revenue from Commercial Development On or Adjacent to Airports August 19, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 176: Generating Revenue from Commercial Development On or Adjacent to Airports provides guidance for developing or redeveloping on-airport and adjacent properties so that development can contribute to overall airport revenue.



The report explores methods and considerations and provides specific checklists to assist airports in preparing and implementing a commercial development plan. It addresses...

Guidance for Usage of Permeable Pavement at Airports August 10, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 178: Guidance for Usage of Permeable Pavement at Airports provides guidance on the advantages and disadvantages of permeable pavement at a variety of types and sizes of airports. The guidance includes potential installation locations such as airside and landside applications; environmental, operational, and economic considerations; and a decision matrix to examine applicability of installations....