Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operations April 18, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 24: Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operations examines sovereign immunity as it applies to public airports that are owned and operated by units of local government or regional governmental authorities. This report summarizes the extent of sovereign immunity granted to airports from state to state. Appendix A provides a table of cases, and Appendix B contains a chart of authorities.

Integrating Aviation and Passenger Rail Planning April 9, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 118: Integrating Aviation and Passenger Rail Planning explores planning options, funding challenges, and potential actions to improve integration of rail services with airports, particularly in congested corridors. 



The report has an accompanying CD-ROM that includes an Air/Rail Diversion model. A User Guide provides direction in applying the model to evaluate different scenarios and a Technical Appendix...

Airport Parking Garage Lighting Solutions March 28, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 124: Airport Parking Garage Lighting Solutions provides guidance to help airport industry practitioners select the most appropriate lighting technologies for their unique parking garage conditions.

Evaluating Methods for Counting Aircraft Operations at Non-Towered Airports March 26, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 129: Evaluating Methods for Counting Aircraft Operations at Non-Towered Airports reviews techniques and technologies applied at airports without air traffic control towers to estimate aircraft operations.

A Guidebook for Mitigating Disruptive WiFi Interference at Airports March 18, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 127: A Guidebook for Mitigating Disruptive WiFi Interference at Airports describes the WiFi interference problems at airports and offers potential solutions to mitigate disruptions. Interference is addressed in the context of the business and regulatory structure within which airports operate.



The guidebook is designed to provide practical assistance for improving WiFi performance by enhancing the ability of...

Estimating Takeoff Thrust Settings for Airport Emissions Inventories March 14, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released ACRP CD-161: Estimating Takeoff Thrust Settings for Airport Emissions Inventories that offers guidance designed to help airport practitioners include the effects of reduced takeoff thrust in their emissions inventory calculations. When calculating air quality emissions inventories for airports, modelers frequently assume that aircraft takeoff uses maximum engine thrust. However, many airlines routinely use lower takeoff thrust...

Alternative IT Delivery Methods and Best Practices for Small Airports March 2, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 128: Alternative IT Delivery Methods and Best Practices for Small Airports provides guidance and templates to help airport staff understand the appropriate IT delivery methods and best practices based on their unique strategic goals, requirements, and overall airport goals.

A Guide for Compliance with Grant Agreement Obligations to Provide Reasonable Access to an AIP-Funded Public Use General Aviation Airport February 6, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 23: A Guide for Compliance with Grant Agreement Obligations to Provide Reasonable Access to an AIP-Funded Public Use General Aviation Airport describes the assurances made by airport sponsors that receive grants from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and how these assurances limit the sponsor from unreasonably restricting access for aeronautical activity at general aviation airports.

Balancing Airport Stormwater and Bird Hazard Management January 30, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 125: Balancing Airport Stormwater and Bird Hazard Management helps airports identify and evaluate stormwater management and bird mitigation practices. An accompanying CD-ROM tool is aimed to assist airports with evaluating bird strike risks and stormwater management decisions.




The CD is also available for download from TRB’s website as an ISO image. Links to the ISO image and instructions for burning a...

A Guidebook for Increasing Diverse and Small Business Participation in Airport Business Opportunities January 24, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 126: A Guidebook for Increasing Diverse and Small Business Participation in Airport Business Opportunities is a compilation of industry best practices and other measures airports can use to attract and enhance participation in their contract opportunities.