Do you have an idea for airport research or a synthesis of practice?

Idea CreatorIf you know an industry-wide problem that could use some attention, enter it into IdeaHub! To share your idea, click on the "Create New Idea" button at the top of the navigation sidebar on the right. You will then be asked to provide some information, including if you think your idea lends itself as a traditional research project or a synthesis of practice, a title, summary, objective, and background to help the industry understand the situation. You can also select tags to draw attention to any cross-cutting topics of your idea.

We conduct two types of studies: research projects and syntheses of practice.

Research Projects—If the objective of your idea is to conduct extensive research to develop guidance, a tool, a database, or best practice, you should add your idea as a RESEARCH PROJECT. (Your proposed research may incidentally involve a synthesis of practice, but that is not its main objective.) Typical budgets for research projects range from $300,000 to $600,000.

You must complete the development of your research idea into a full problem statement by March 20, 2020 at 5 PM EDT.

ACRP will begin industry evaluation shortly thereafter.

Left to submit your research idea.


Synthesis Topics—If the objective of your idea is limited to a quick review of current practice, you should enter it as a SYNTHESIS TOPIC. The current budget for a synthesis topic is $45,000. It is important to demonstrate that there is sufficient information on practice to conduct a synthesis.

The deadline for submitting a synthesis topic is September 23, 2019.

The topic selection panel will meet shortly thereafter.

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Synthesis of Curbside Fixed Route Public Bus Access Locations to Airport Terminals

Some major U.S. airports have train service that brings airport passengers and employees to and from the airport terminal while delegating passengers and employees who use the public bus to the peripheral. Many airport passengers and employees must then use an airport shuttle system to access the public bus station or curbside airport terminal. Airports of moderate size may have public bus stations within a safe walking ...more »

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General Aviation Airports and Resilience: Complete Toolkits for Self-Directed Planning

The 2,455 General Aviation Airports in the U.S. provide essential services that are uniquely available through this type of airport. A Resilience Management Plan, although expensive to contract and complicated to create, may be critical to protecting the continuity of these services. This research project provides operators with the tools necessary to effectively and efficiently develop their own Resilience Management ...more »

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The uberization of business aviation

New technologies continue to arise regarding the ability to coordinate for the shared use of smaller business aircraft, in turn creating increasing pressure to provide such services to the general public, in turn creating significant conflicts between just what is – and what is not – permitted under 14 C.F.R. Part 91. Additionally, eVTOL aircraft are rapidly under development and moving to the demonstration stage, creating ...more »

Owner: John Walewski

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Infrastructure condition assessment using mobile devices

Current methods of assessing the condition of airport pavement and infrastructure typically require restricting access or use, closing, and/or using expensive assessment methods or tools. Technology integrated into most mobile phones (gyroscopes, accelerometers, cameras, etc.) can be used to automatically collect and wirelessly transmit infrastructure-related data to a central database providing real-time tracking of ...more »

Owner: John Walewski

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Construction sequencing best practices for airports

New construction and renovation projects at airports experience cost and schedule constraints due to the unique operational aspects and differing facility types. For example, apron expansions must give heed to airside operations and terminal renovations of retail space must often take place overnight when passenger traffic in minimal. This research will investigate state of the art techniques to enhance construction sequencing ...more »

Owner: John Walewski

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Develop Modification Method for Runways Performance

In this case study we consider kinetic energy model to modify calculations of all types of required distances and included type of airfield pavement, four cases of aircraft loads on the runway during landing and take-off operations, interaction model formulation and resistance of rolling wheels. Special attention paid to the foreign structures and devices incorporated into the pavement structural layers. All devices and ...more »

Owner: Jozef Grajek

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Best Practices in Disaster/Resilience Planning for Airport/Airline Employees and Business Partners

Airport Emergency Plan requirements do not fully recognize the impact on airport employees and business partners in times of disasters or emergency events. Lessons can be learned from aviation organizations such as Jet Blue who have models for anticipating employee and business partners family needs for emergency support. Essential employees need support for their families in order to assist the airport and community ...more »

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Guidelines to Decentralize Curbside and Security to Alleviate Airport Congestion

Our team aims to architecturally and financially model new ways to relieve airport congestion through the expansion of the curbside, while also allowing for new programs to monetize the landside and the airside. Our team intends to develop architectural solutions for modifying airport parking garages, providing ride share lobbies and amenities, re-programming parking garages and surface lots for alternative uses, and ...more »

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Airport Microgrid Solution Standard Framework

Development of a microgrid standard framework (Technical, Financial, Regulatory, Permitting) solution which can apply to all airports across the country. Due to the complexity of the airports' operation and numbers of stakeholders and decision-makers, this comprehensive solution has not been developed.

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Airport Common Use Program Development Guidebook

In 2010, the ACRP published Report 30: Reference Guide on Understanding Common Use at Airports. Since that time, the airport strategies for implementation of common use and the technological solutions have significantly changed. Today, there is a greater focus on the "seamless passenger journey", providing new common use options, introducing technology innovations, and adapting to new business models. The research proposed ...more »

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Real Time Airside Infrastructure Maintenance Evaluation and Hazard Detection

Airside infrastructure maintenance requirements are typically defined using passive sensors that detect surface phenomena only, or using devices that require slow or stationary equipment which affect capacity & delay and may even require NOTAM closures for in-depth evaluations. A need exists to streamline the evaluation process to provide real time input to aircraft operations and progressive infrastructure maintenance ...more »

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