Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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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.

Improving the Airport Customer Experience July 27, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 157: Improving the Airport Customer Experience documents notable and emerging practices in airport customer service management that increase customer satisfaction, recognizing the different types of customers (such as passengers, meeters and greeters, and employees) and types and sizes of airports. It also identifies potential improvements that airports could make for their customers.

Tabletop and Full-Scale Emergency Exercises for General Aviation, Non-Hub, and Small Hub Airports July 18, 2016

ACRP Synthesis 72: Tabletop and Full-Scale Emergency Exercises for General Aviation, Non-Hub, and Small Hub Airports provides small airports with the tools and practices needed to practice emergency response. The report provides sample exercise tools and plans, a checklist of effective practices for tabletop and full-scale emergency exercises, and a road map for developing an effective exercise program.

NextGen for Airports, Volume I: Understanding the Airport’s Role in Performance-Based Navigation: Resource Guide July 8, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 150: NextGen for Airports, Volume I: Understanding the Airport’s Role in Performance-Based Navigation: Resource Guide, the first report in this series, provides comprehensive information to practitioners concerning all aspects of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and how implementation affects overall airport operations. This Resource Guide encompasses background information, description of effects on short- and long-term airport...

Combining Mixed-Use Flight Operations Safely at Airports June 28, 2016

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 74: Combining Mixed-Use Flight Operations Safely at Airports documents practices in safely accommodating mixed-use aeronautical activity at airports. Mixed-use aeronautical activity refers to the different categories of aircraft a public-use airport is intended to accommodate in compliance with FAA sponsor assurances. These categories include gliders, helicopters, ultralight vehicles, balloons, airships, blimps, skydiving, aerial...