Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Assessing Community Annoyance of Helicopter Noise November 17, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 181: Assessing Community Annoyance of Helicopter Noise describes a protocol for conducting a large-scale community survey to quantify annoyance due to civil helicopter noise and presents the results of a test of the protocol which also helped improve understanding of the roles of acoustic and non-acoustic factors that influence community annoyance to civil helicopter noise. The report provides a better understanding of the...

Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning–Case Studies November 2, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 34: Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning–Case Studies attempts to determine how the behaviors of
students and teachers are affected by aircraft noise exposure. The report identifies metrics that define the level and characteristics of aircraft noise that impact student achievement. It also develops guidance for use by decision makers on how to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on student...

Overview of Airport Duties and Standards of Care in Airfield Accident Cases October 31, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 33: Overview of Airport Duties and Standards of Care in Airfield Accident Cases provides an overview of the legal duties and standards of care that may create liability when operating a public airfield. It discusses negligence principles and reviews duties and standards of care in an airfield accident context, including the extent to which federal preemption may apply. The digest concludes with a section discussing many...

Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems October 24, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 32: Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems provides guidance to enhance understanding of the basic legal and operational issues presented by civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and evaluates best practices for managing these issues. The digest covers background on UAS uses, applications, regulations, and definitions, leading to operations within the National Airspace System (NAS), the issues of...

Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities October 23, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 177: Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities provides guidance to assist aging travelers and persons with disabilities to travel independently within airports using pedestrian wayfinding systems. The guidebook addresses travel by people with cognitive, sensory, and other mobility challenges.




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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”...