Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Pavement Maintenance Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Management September 23, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 159: Pavement Maintenance Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Management provides guidance to general aviation airport managers in determining
the most cost-efficient and appropriate preventative maintenance solution to common pavement issues. In addition to the guidebook, two additional products were developed. The Airport Pavement Maintenance Recommendation Tool is an...

Airport Sustainability Practices September 14, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 77: Airport Sustainability Practices compiles information about airport sustainability practices and adds them to the Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) website. The SAGA website was developed to assist airport operators in developing sustainability programs and provide guidance to those who have new data to input. The website contains entries on...

Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports: Quick Start Guide and Toolkit September 1, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 160: Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports provides a web toolkit that raises airport operator awareness about vulnerabilities caused by significant weather events. The toolkit helps airports develop more robust contingency and recovery plans, in addition to their airport emergency plans. This toolkit focuses on events that are “...

Deriving Benefits from Alternative Aircraft-Taxi Systems August 25, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 158: Deriving Benefits from Alternative Aircraft-Taxi Systems explores approaches that may reduce fuel use, emissions, and costs while aircraft are on the ground. This report explores how alternative approaches to taxiing aircraft in movement areas have the potential to provide an overall net benefit for both the airport and aircraft operator. These systems include, among other alternative systems, an electric motor permanently fixed...

Helicopter Noise Information for Airports and Communities August 19, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 76: Helicopter Noise Information for Airports and Communities examines the results of a literature review and survey of ten airports to summarize the impact of outreach, helicopter noise management programs, technology, and abatement procedures in managing helicopter noise. The report is geared to assist both airports and communities with addressing helicopter noise and a description of the current state of effective practices for...

Airport Advisories at Non-Towered Airports August 15, 2016

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 75: Airport Advisories at Non-Towered Airports documents the manner in which non-towered airports provide advisories to pilots regarding winds, traffic, and runways in use. Unlike with pilot advisories, there is little guidance available for airport operators in providing airport advisories. The objective of this report is to aggregate available guidance on this topic and document information from non-towered airports with at least...

Impact on Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Airport Leaders August 12, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released its latest Impacts on Practice that focuses on preparing the next generation of airport leaders. It explores how ACRP Report 75: Airport Leadership Development Program influenced a collaborative effort in Florida to develop a three-and-a-half day program to develop and train future leaders. Since its inception, 150 professionals from 40 different Florida airports have completed the program. The impact of the training is perhaps...

Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports August 1, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 29: Impact of Firearms Laws on Airports analyzes recent court cases on federal and state laws that have been challenged for restricting or prohibiting the carrying of firearms in public and other places. The digest also includes ACRP Web Only Document 29: Compendium of State and Federal Laws Affecting the Possession...

Compendium of State and Federal Laws Affecting the Possession of Firearms at Airports August 1, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web Only Document 29: Compendium of State and Federal Laws Affecting the Possession of Firearms at Airports contains an index and text of federal and state statutes as well United States Code and federal regulations affecting the possession of firearms at airports. The document accompanies ACRP Legal Research Digest 29: Impact of...

Emergency Communications Planning for Airports July 28, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 73: Emergency Communications Planning for Airports explores emergency communications planning and is specifically designed for use by airport senior management, public information officers, and first responders and emergency managers. The report includes sample communication plan tables of contents, field operations guides, and a checklist of effective communications plans.