Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Regulations Affecting the Exercise of First Amendment Activities at Airports August 25, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 26: Regulations Affecting the Exercise of First Amendment Activities at Airports provides an overview of the different First Amendment activities that occur at airports, the issues that generally affect them, and the legal challenges to airport policies, while laying out the history of case law.

Analysis of Federal Laws, Regulations, Case Law, and Survey of Existing Airport NPDES Permits Regarding Tenant-Operator Responsibilities under NPDES and Stormwater Management BMPS under Owner/Airport's Operating Permits August 11, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 25: Analysis of Federal Laws, Regulations, Case Law, and Survey of Existing Airport NPDES Permits Regarding Tenant-Operator Responsibilities Under NPDES and Stormwater Management BMPS Under Owner/Airport's Operating Permits clarifies responsibility for implementation and liability for enforcement of alleged violations of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System(NPDES) and the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination...

Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source August 4, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 141: Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source explores challenges airports may anticipate when considering renewable energy as a revenue source. These considerations include the airport’s geography and terrain, infrastructure, real estate, energy costs, public policy, regulatory and compliance requirements, tax credits, sponsor assurances, ownership, impacts to navigation and safety, security, staffing issues, and many others. The...

Guidance on Successful Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Selection and Practices August 3, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 23: Guidance on Successful Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Selection and Practices provides guidance with selecting a CMMS that is most compatible with an airport’s individual needs. Airports use CMMS to help manage airport assets. The report explores ways to integrate a CMMS into airport processes, procedures, and other information technology systems.




This guidebook is...

Airside Snow Removal Practices for Small Airports with Limited Budgets July 28, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 67: Airside Snow Removal Practices for Small Airports with Limited Budgets covers challenges and successful strategies that airport operators use at small airports with significant budget and other constraints to coordinate and conduct snow removal operations.

Guidebook for Addressing Aircraft/Wildlife Hazards at General Aviation Airports July 16, 2015

The June 2015 issue of TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Impacts on Practice explores how the Sterling Municipal Airport (KSTK) in Colorado used ACRP Report 32: Guidebook for Addressing Aircraft/Wildlife Hazards at General Aviation Airports to manage a swallow population that had been causing aircraft strikes. The airport implemented a permanent, environmentally-friendly technique,...

Lessons Learned from Airport Sustainability Plans July 14, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 66: Lessons Learned from Airport Sustainability Plans explores sustainability initiatives at smaller U.S. airports. The synthesis presents an analysis of survey responses and provides information gained from the telephone interviews to help inform airport leadership and employees who are considering, developing, or implementing sustainability plans.

Practices to Develop Effective Stakeholder Relationships at Smaller Airports July 12, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 65: Practices to Develop Effective Stakeholder Relationships at Smaller Airports describes practices, tools, communication techniques, feedback loops, and case examples that highlight how leaders at smaller airports proactively manage stakeholder relationships.

Implementing Integrated Self-Service at Airports July 11, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 136: Implementing Integrated Self-Service at Airports provides guidelines for implementing and optimizing a comprehensive passenger self-service experience for a variety of sizes of U.S. airports. Accompanying the report is a CD containing tools to assist the user in developing an integrated passenger self-service program.




The CD is also available for download from TRB’s website as an ISO image. Links to...

Guidebook on Best Practices for Airport Cybersecurity July 9, 2015

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 140: Guidebook on Best Practices for Airport Cybersecurity provides information designed to help reduce or mitigate inherent risks of cyberattacks on technology-based systems.



Traditional IT infrastructure such as servers, desktops, and network devices are covered along with increasingly sophisticated and interconnected industrial control systems, such as baggage handling, temperature control, and airfield...