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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.

The deadline for submitting problem statements is May 17, 2020.


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 21, 2020.

The topic selection panel will meet shortly thereafter.

Left to submit your synthesis topic.


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Created by (@andrew.weddig.paradiesna.com)

Synthesis Topics

Airport Funding Models

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the financial foundations of airports and many aviation industry stakeholders. The proposed synthesis is to identify and evaluate current research on various airport funding models in order to describe potential future analytical projects.

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Created by (@dabyers)

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Passing the Torch - Wit & Wisdom from Senior and Retired Airport Leaders

Perhaps one of the greatest untapped resources available for understanding the challenges of managing airports can be found among the many senior and retired airport leaders. There needs to be an opportunity to assemble the collective wisdom of these successful leaders and to share their insights and experiences gained during their careers.

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Created by (@dabyers)

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Characteristics and Interests of Students in Collegiate Aviation Management Programs

The proposed research is designed to collect, organize, and assess the historical and current general demographic characteristics of students enrolled in two- and four-year collegiate aviation management programs as well those of recent graduates. Early and current aviation interests, learning styles, and other influences that led up to enrollment and matriculation in their particular program will be investigated. Key... more »

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Enhancing Graduate Academic Programs for the Aviation Industry

The proposed research is designed to expand the research of ACRP 06-06 – Cultivating Talent in the Airport Environment, and ACRP 06-07 – Enhancing Academic Programs to Prepare Future Airport Industry Professionals both of which are still in progress. Many collegiate aviation programs examined in ACRP 06-07 offered master's degrees in business administration, public administration, or aeronautical science that included... more »

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Created by (@lnoyes)

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Tackling the Economics of Concessions

The Concessions industry has evolved greatly over the past decade. The volume of ACDBE's, Concessionaires, and lines of business have grown significantly. Each Airport has developed programs differently. Understanding the economics of the Concessionaires (living wages, pricing models, operational costs, etc.) as well as Airports (pouring rights, leasing structures, CRDC's, etc.) is critical to Commercial Management.... more »

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Standards for Concession Leases

The research would develop a comprehensive guidance on concession agreement standards and terms. The new guidebook would update existing guidance and provides guidance on economic, operational and administrative issues not previously addressed.

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Created by (@eshan.dave)

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Expanding in-place cold recycling for flexible airfield pavement

Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) and Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) are two economically and environmentally friendly methods of rehabilitating asphalt pavements. While there is a brief mention of FDR in FAA AC 150/5370-10H and AC 150/5320-6F, it is quite limited and there is no mention of CIR, therefore, this project looks to provide comprehensive guidance as to when CIR and FDR can be used, the materials that can be used,... more »

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Created by (@patryanx)

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Airport Travelers' Emotions related to Improving Airport Customer Experiences

Most U.S. airports do not have a complete understanding of the range of emotions their travelers experience at the airport. More research needs to be conducted to identify the sentiments expressed by passengers at different journey points and the root causes for why they feel the way they do. Once the root cause is identified, airports then must consider resolving any issues related to a negative emotion experience by... more »

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Created by (@ablock.aci.aero)

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Airport Infrastructure Requirements to Enable Aircraft Energy Transition

Electric or Hydrogen aircraft could present long-term sustainable solutions for aviation, but will heavily depend on the ability of airports to coordinate and provide the infrastructure required for their operation. This research will look into such challenges and opportunities.

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Created by (@allison.alexander)

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Knowledge is Power: Knowledge Management Guidance to Help Airports Thrive

Airports need to understand the best ways to preserve institutional knowledge as large scale industry changes occur and both leaders and experienced employees at all levels of the organization are eligible for retirement and leave the airport. Knowledge management and institutional knowledge transfer should be incorporated into all aspects of airports, including the culture, training delivery platforms, and automated... more »

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Created by (@jwalewski)

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Review and assessment of airport communicable disease screening technologies and innovations

Medical technology companies are rolling out robots and drones to help fight it and provide services and care to those quarantined or practicing social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked the "testing" of robots and other technologies as officials seek out the most expedient and safe way to grapple with the outbreak and limit contamination and spread of the virus.

The aviation industry needs to assess... more »

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Created by (@roelandvisser)

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Post COVID-19, Ensuring Public Health by Setting New Operating Standards at U.S. Airports

A variety of airport operational models are currently being proposed and enacted globally to manage COVID-19 and other potential contagious disease outbreaks. While there is merit in all these approaches, there is a critical need for a consistent and effective health management standard to be applied at airports worldwide. If a universally accepted and adopted standard was introduced, what are the implications if a new... more »

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Improve Traveler Experience while Generating Additional Revenue Through the Effective Use of Data

Recent data suggests that a 0.01% increase in passenger satisfaction results in an increased spend of $0.80 per passenger, while an additional 10 minutes spent in line, decreases that spend by 30%. Using available data to generate and push valuable information to the traveling public will optimize and help streamline the passenger travel experience, leading to increased passenger satisfaction, as well as increased airport... more »

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Guidebook for Airports on Opportunities and Strategies for Water Reuse

This guide would provide information and perspective on airport opportunities for water reuse, at a time of renewed national focus and strategic initiatives supporting considerations and implementation of water reuse. This research would generate targeted information to help airports better understand the financial, environmental, and operational challenges and opportunities for water reuse.

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Created by (@billdig)

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Development of Forensic Guidance and Tools for PFAS Source Differentiation

Project would review forensic/fingerprinting approaches being employed in the industry for PFAS source differentiation, assess the validity and usefulness of the approaches used, and summarize those approaches in a guidance document. Additionally, the project would create a tool for airports to perform some level of fingerprinting assessment of PFAS impacts to soil or groundwater to discrimnate between multiple sources... more »

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