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Effective Practices for Airside Driving Safety at Airports

Assigned to Erik Bullard
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Develop practical guidance for airports regarding training and managing the performance of individuals with airside driving privileges. This guidance should be applicable to movement area and non-movement area drivers.

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

Airports can have hundreds of people with permissions to drive in the airside environment. Driving errors can lead to runway incursions, vehicle, and equipment damage, or at worse injuries or fatalities. The methods of training and monitoring driving performance can vary depending upon the size of the airport and the resources available. Many airports rely upon training packages that cover the basics, then modify the training or fit their operations. Some airports go as far as providing simulators to train and refresh drivers, while others rely upon on-the-job-training to pass on lessons learned. Capturing the effective practices in such areas as driving practices, training, monitoring, enforcement, and other aspects of airside driving can benefit safety of operations at any airport. The benefits of taking a best practice approach that is based on airport size and complexity will enable airport operators to examine and implement those practices that best fit their individual operations. This research should provide scalable resources for airside driving training, measuring its effectiveness, and methods to ensure continuous improvement. Additionally, the research should provide ways to analyze those efforts so that identifying challenges and gaps, and then addressing them effectively is possible.

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

A report on the effective practices in training and managing of the performance of individuals with airside driving privileges in movement and non-movement areas. It would include best practices and scalable resources that for measuring effectiveness, methods to ensure continuous improvement and analysis methods identify challenges and gaps so they can be effectively addressed.

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