Do you have an idea for airport research or a synthesis of practice?

Idea CreatorIf you know an industry-wide problem that could use some attention, enter it into IdeaHub! To share your idea, click on the "Create New Idea" button at the top of the navigation sidebar on the right. You will then be asked to provide some information, including if you think your idea lends itself as a traditional research project or a synthesis of practice, a title, summary, objective, and background to help the industry understand the situation. You can also select tags to draw attention to any cross-cutting topics of your idea.

We conduct two types of studies: research projects and syntheses of practice.

Research Projects—If the objective of your idea is to conduct extensive research to develop guidance, a tool, a database, or best practice, you should add your idea as a RESEARCH PROJECT. (Your proposed research may incidentally involve a synthesis of practice, but that is not its main objective.) Typical budgets for research projects range from $300,000 to $600,000.

The problem statement submittal deadline has been extended to April 5th! You must complete the development of your research idea into a full problem statement by April 5, 2020 at 5 PM EDT.

ACRP will begin industry evaluation shortly thereafter.

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Synthesis Topics—If the objective of your idea is limited to a quick review of current practice, you should enter it as a SYNTHESIS TOPIC. The current budget for a synthesis topic is $45,000. It is important to demonstrate that there is sufficient information on practice to conduct a synthesis.

The deadline for submitting a synthesis topic is September 21, 2020.

The topic selection panel will meet shortly thereafter.

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Research Projects

Worldwide Best Practices to Improve Airport Safety

Research and summarize the state of the art in airport safety initiatives and tools that have been used successfully by the industry worldwide. Initiatives can be in terms of technology, processes, procedures, safety organization, safety promotion and supporting tools.

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Tool for Sharing Experience on Successful Airport Safety Initiatives and Programs

Based on research of best practices by the industry, plan and design a tool to support sharing of experiences among airports. The tool should be user friendly for those posting their experiences as well as for those searching for best practices related to airport safety.

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Guidebook for Integrating Safety Assurance with and into SRM

Develop practical guidance to the spectrum of Part 139 airports that implement SMS on how to integrate two key components of SMS: Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance. User should understand the relationship between the two components and how the two processes interact with practical airport examples for clarification.

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Airport SMS Software Best Practices and Desirable Characteristics

Develop practical guidance on the type of software to support the airport's SMS initiatives. It should include recommendations for the spectrum of Part 139 airports, indicate key modules, integration to existing systems, reporting of hazards and risks, monitoring of actions, management of safety data, etc. A list of available solutions with advantages and disadvantages should be incorporated to the guidance.

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Guide to Control Runway Incursions in Part 139 Airports

Develop practical guidance on how airports of different sizes and complexities can identify hazards that can lead to runway incursions and recommend actions involving infrastructure changes, prevention systems and safety promotion initiatives that can be adopted.

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