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Apps for Airports--Synthesis

Bring to ready attention both some common utilized apps for typical business purposes as well as specialize apps for other functional purposes.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Apps have proliferated everywhere, yet probably only a few airport managers, planners, engineers, architects, etc. likely avail themselves of the rich and specialized variety of apps that might be applicable to their work. A synthesis or two may be warranted. A couple of examples of specialized apps that I have heard of, one was at the TRB annual conference are for roadway or runway surface roughness and for runway obstruction evaluation and documentation. Keith McCrea of Virginia Dept. of Aviation I recall mentioned the obstruction app and a Japanese vendor, see the attachment, developed the surface roughness app. A third app for registering noise complaints at PHX in cited below.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Bring to ready attention both some common utilized apps for typical business purposes as well as specialize apps for other functional purposes.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Develop a taxonomy of App functional areas such as Administration, Operations, Engineering, Finance, Security,
etc.
Search online App stores for selective Apps.
Inquire with industry professionals at airports, consultants, academia, flight schools, etc for recommendations.
Purchase and sample Apps for use and conduct a Consumer Reports style rating if allowable
Set up a website and
develop a template for crowd sourcing recommendations and reviews.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Each App Synthesis should be tailored to the $30,000 -
$60,000 budget. If initial Synthesis App search is productive
may extend this into a series of
functional topic App Syntheses. A second project may be focused on developing the
crowd sourcing web service akin to a Yelp or Trip Adviser for Apps for Airports.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP 03
-27 [Final]
Evaluating Methods for Counting Aircraft Operations a
t Non
-Towered Airports is a project that evaluated airport
activity counting procedures and equipment.
ACRP 11-02/Task 23 [Final]
Alternative IT Delivery Methods and Best Practices for Small Airports

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