Research Projects

General Aviation Airports Runway Length Analysis In Reserve

A research project that would allow across the board runway length determination analysis.

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

One of the most important characteristics of an airport is the length of its longest runway: the primary runway length determines the types of aircraft that can use the airport and provides a degree of safety for airport users. A runway extension, therefore, would enhance the utility of many airports. However, resources are scarce, and usually there is no distinct aircraft characteristic database for all aircraft that regular use general aviation airports.

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

Collected aircraft characteristics and performance data of active flying aircrafts in the country to develop a runway length analysis tool or models, that can be used for general aviation (GA) flights of aircraft with MTOW below 12,000 lb.

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


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.

The FAA has a runway length tool in development that is focused on improving the AC runway length analysis. The tool is focused on bizjet, larger turboprop, and airline fleets -- essentially the fleet with which we have substantive data available. It's really difficult to find data for general aviation aircraft especially when it comes to operational and performance characteristics of aircraft less than 12,500 lbs. So, the runway length research proposed here could focus on the fleet less than/equal to 12,500 pounds MTOW, as is covered by Chapter 2 in AC 150/5325-4B.

Idea No. 216