Updated requirements for runway vertical curves for longitudinal grade changes, mainly for ICAO Code F aircraft and New Large Aircraft (NLA)
To support the air transport industry's holistic effort to reduce maintenance costs and safety risks, research is needed to identify airport best practices that could reduce the influence of airfield pavement deicing on accelerated structural deterioration of aircraft carbon brakes and provide guidance to airports on selection and application of these best practices.
Develop practical guidance for airports regarding training and managing the performance of individuals with airside driving privileges. This guidance should be applicable to movement area and non-movement area drivers.
Develop guidance to assist airports in understanding the most common sources of FOD and effective solutions to managing the associated risk of this hazard.
Research and develop guidance around involving ramp towers in a local airport's SMS. Explore options for the airport's role in safety oversight given that ramp towers can involve several organizations operating under separate safety management approaches.
Conduct research on options airports can consider when deciding on an organizational structure for their personnel who will manage airport safety processes. The research should provide recommended structures for airports of all sizes and complexities.
Develop practical guidance on how airports of different sizes and complexities can identify hazards that can lead to runway incursions and recommend actions involving infrastructure changes, prevention systems and safety promotion initiatives that can be adopted.
Develop model airfield lighting maintenance training tools (e.g. videos, guides) for small airports where such maintenance is performed by multi-tasked staff who are not electricians. Develop a model airfield lighting maintenance program for small airports including guidance for contracting out airfield lighting repairs when needed.
Develop practical guidance to airports on how to map existing utilities, preferably without excavations, to avoid damage during airside construction, based on best practices by the industry and latest tools and technology available.
Develop and create modeling that airports can use to pro-actively measure the effectiveness of safety. Further, establish a common system and categories of investments in safety and how they are tracked.
Research effective methods and provide information regarding innovative ways to improve the accuracy and efficiency of airfield inspections.
Develop guidance to assist airports in managing ground service providers and their equipment.
Provide guidance for how to pro-actively assess pending or immanent winter storms at and individual airport. SMS and SRM processes direct apply to winter storm preparedness and management. By providing information on how to make such efforts part of the normal planning process, airports can improve not only safety but the effectiveness and efficiency of airport winter operations.