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Integrated and Comprehensive Management of GA Airport Maintenance Operations

The objective of this research is craft and organize flexible but comprehensive and coordinated GA airport infrastructure maintenance operation programs and protocols for the purpose of achieving infrastructure preservation cost savings, cost deferrals, and extend the useful service life of existing airport infrastructure. The products of this research would be a Guidebook outlining ways and means of comprehensively integrating the management of most all airport maintenance operations so as to achieve the above cited infrastructure cost savings.

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

Airport maintenance operation tasks and maintenance schedules are strongly influenced by either regulatory or insurance carrier requirements or the field correction of infrastructure serviceability or safety issues. Although numerous stand-alone infrastructure management systems exist, their actual real world implementation is surprisingly not widespread at GA airports, and their integration with other parallel management systems even less so. Opportunities to achieve cost savings or cost deferment through appropriately timed and scaled preventive and corrective maintenance investments are being overlooked. It is also believed that comprehensively integrating the management of most all airport maintenance operations could further leverage cost savings, cost deferrals, or significantly extend of the useful service life of existing airport infrastructure.

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

The objective of this research is craft and organize flexible but comprehensive and coordinated GA airport infrastructure maintenance operation programs and protocols for the purpose of achieving infrastructure preservation cost savings, cost deferrals, and extend the useful service life of existing airport infrastructure. The products of this research would be a Guidebook outlining ways and means of comprehensively integrating the management of most all airport maintenance operations so as to achieve the above cited infrastructure cost savings.

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