Research Projects

Regional and State Aviation System Plan Implementation

There has been much research conducted on developing regional and state

system plans but none on implementing them, tracking/impacting system

performance measures, conducting follow-on studies to support system

plan implementation, etc.

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

There are 50 state aviation system plans and numerous regional aviation system plans that may or may not be tied to or a part of a larger state aviation system plan. This project would identify implementation strategies, stakeholders in the implementation process, an outreach/communication tool kit, case studies, decision matrices based on scenario planning, actionable guidance related to issues, trends, and obstacles faced in system plan implementation, and a series of case studies to communicate real life examples of successful and unsuccessful implementation efforts and the reasons they succeeded or failed.

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

To develop guidance on how to successfully implement regional and state aviation system plans, follow-on studies and efforts, key implementation stakeholders, communication methods, and case studies (of both successes and failures).

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

A review of/research to identify:

- Existing regional and state aviation system plans, specifically looking for implementation guidance in them
- Implementation plans that might have been conducted in the past
- Stakeholder interviews with regional and system planners to identify implementation efforts and ultimately good examples for future case studies
- Research outside of aviation to identify approaches used by other modes that might apply to aviation
- Identification of implementation stakeholders -- who needs to be a part of implementation? Who else has a stake in the successful implementation of an aviation system plan?
- The development of an outreach/communication toolkit for stakeholders, specifically communicating why it matters to them and how they should use the system plan

This should also include a direct identification of economic and business development partners with whom coordination should be conducted.

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 Synthesis 14: Airport System Planning Practices

FAA AC 150/5070-7: The Airport System Planning Process

Both of these deal with system plan development and lack comprehensive research and guidance related to implementation, a key step in the planning and management role many of us serve. This proposed project would fill that gap.



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