Research Papers

10 Most Recent Reports from the Airports Cooperative Research Program

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Improving Intelligibility of Airport Terminal Public Address Systems July 21, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 175: Improving Intelligibility of Airport Terminal Public Address Systems provides design guidelines to improve public address systems for all types and sizes of airport terminal environments. The guidelines include a summary of data on public address systems, terminal finishes and background noise levels in a variety of airport terminals, identification of acoustical shortcomings, and the results of impacts on existing public...

Funding Industrial Aviation July 21, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 79: Funding Industrial Aviation explores how airports fund the infrastructure to support industrial aviation development. For this report, industrial aviation development includes but is not limited to:

  • Aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)
  • Specialized aviation services such as paint and interior completion (single service operators, SSOs)
  • Aircraft manufacturing and assembly
  • ...
Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles June 23, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released ACRP Report 155: Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles, which is the first product in ACRP’s new WebResources series. 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-...

Improving AEDT Noise Modeling of Mixed Ground Surfaces June 21, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 32: Improving AEDT Noise Modeling of Mixed Ground Surfaces develops a method to model the effects of single- and mixed-impedance surfaces on the propagation of aircraft noise in a manner suitable for model implementation to improve the noise prediction accuracy of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). AEDT is an integrated noise model, which currently includes a lateral...

Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Volume 1: Primer June 13, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 174 defines and discusses green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) management strategies, a relatively new approach to regulation compliance. As more airports are proactively incorporating sustainable practices in all aspects of their operations, federal and state regulatory agencies are also promoting GSI strategies to comply with water regulations and requirements. Volume 1: Primer is written for the airport manager, planner,...

Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Volume 2: Guidebook June 13, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 174 defines and discusses green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) management strategies, a relatively new approach to regulation compliance. As more airports are proactively incorporating sustainable practices in all aspects of their operations, federal and state regulatory agencies are also promoting GSI strategies to comply with water regulations and requirements. Volume 2: Guidebook...

The Vector-Borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool June 1, 2017

TRB has made enhancements to its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) CRP-CD-137: The Vector-Borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool. The tool is a CD-ROM-based interactive tool designed to help define the roles of airports and airlines in the transmission and spread of insect-borne human diseases.




The tool relies on the assumptions that the levels of imported vector and vector-borne disease risk via air travel are related to the presence of flight...

Use and Potential Impacts of AFFF Containing PFASs at Airports May 19, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 173: Use and Potential Impacts of AFFF Containing PFASs at Airports explores the potential environmental and health impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) typically found in aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs). The report describes methods that can be used to identify areas of potential concern at an airport and ways to implement management and remediation practices.




To help...

NextGen for Airports, Volume 5: Airport Planning and Development May 9, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 150: NextGen for Airports, Volume 5: Airport Planning and Development provides guidance to help airports of all sizes plan for and incorporate NextGen capabilities. The document will help airports accomodate Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) requirements while also taking advantage of the potential benefits of these federal programs designed to modernize the National Airspace System.




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Guidebook for Considering Life-Cycle Costs in Airport Asset Procurement April 10, 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 172: Guidebook for Considering Life-Cycle Costs in Airport Asset Procurement explores how other industries use the total cost of ownership (TCO) approach for initial procurement, and how to integrate this into future airport procurement practices. A TCO Tool and five...