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Airport Emergency Management Capabilities Development trending idea

Using FEMA emergency management core capabilities and CDC's public health preparedness capabilities as models, this ACRP proposed project will help airports across the country expand existing emergency management programs through the development of industry specific capabilities and metrics for increasing resiliency, preparedness, recovery, planning, and more.

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Establishing Metrics to Safely Restart Aviation Post COVID-19

ACI and IATA recently issued guidance on restarting the aviation industry post-COVID-19. However, there is currently no single measure that could mitigate all the risks of restarting air travel. ACI and IATA suggest that an effective implementation should be an outcome based and layered approach, and a range of measures as the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to unlock economies and to enable... more »

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Improving Airport Employee Well-Being through Targeted Programs and Tracking Metrics

Airport employees face many challenges that can create stress, and if employee stress levels are not addressed, employee health and well-being suffers. While many airports do offer employee well-being programs to address these stress and health needs, additional research is needed to ensure that the well-being programs meet the needs of all employees (e.g., varying shifts, generational differences) and that the outcomes... more »

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Talent Acquisition Methods that Promote Sustainability of the Workforce Pipeline

The purpose of this research is to support the airport industry in building a pipeline of talent that will result in skilled, long-tenured airport employees. This will be accomplished through a focus on recruitment and hiring practices that improve awareness of the industry, increase the number of interested and qualified applicants, and focus on increasing diversity and inclusion within the workforce pipeline.

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ACRP Badge and Medallion Award Program

The proposed research is designed to develop a comprehensive series of awards to recognize the achievement of individuals who have studied and mastered specific topical ACRP Reports, related Syntheses, webcasts, and other materials. Participants are recognized through a system of badges, medallions, and certificates. This program loosely emulates the iconic Boy Scout/Girl Scout Merit Badge programs.

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Financial Impacts of Climate Change

Airports need to build resilience and understand the potential long term impacts of climate change. However, they bump up against costs of implementing projects with resilience elements because there is little aviation specific data regarding the return of investment of such projects and the overall financial risks of climate change. Additionally, as insurance and the availability to retain loans gets more in line with... more »

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Implementing a Positive Culture and Enhancing the Employee Experience

The purpose of this idea is to engage in a research process to develop an airport industry Guidebook and Toolkit on topics related to implementing a positive culture and enhancing the employee experience within airports. The end product would be a set of user-friendly products to guide airports in enhancing their culture and employee experience to improve retention.

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Guidance on Concept Planning and Designing of Airport Coordination Centers

Airports are increasingly interested in bringing multi-discipline subject matter experts together in a common environment to improve collaborative decision making during regular and irregular operations. Guidance on how to plan and design for these centers is needed.

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Guidance on Developing an Airport Service Operator Business Model

A Service Operator Model (SOM) is a business model for airports to consider adopting which is a change for most U.S. airports from a landlord management approach to a more collaborative business approach by managing all of the functional areas of the passenger journey. The Guidance will describe initial steps such as developing the business model that fits your airport.

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Urban Air Mobility Noise Modeling

Community acceptance of the rapidly emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market will be strongly driven by public noise concerns; however, no regulatory tool exists to evaluate potential environmental noise impacts. Whereas conventional helicopters have one or two rotors, UAM vehicles may have large numbers of rotors for different functions that operate at variable speeds. These differences necessitate the development of... more »

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Guidebook on Sources of Data for Air Passenger Travel

Develop a guidebook that would assist airports and other aviation analysts become familiar with the different sources of data that are available to support analyses and forecasts of air passenger travel. Provide guidance on which types of data are appropriate for use in a given study, understand the strengths and limitations of the different potential data sources, and estimate the likely costs involved in their use.

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Aplication of Congestion Pricing to Improve Terminal Curb Operations and Enhance HOV Ground Access to Airports

Airport roadway and terminal curb congestion are fast becoming a critical constraint at many high-volume US airports. Despite much research on methods to improve HOV and transit ground access modes, geographically distributed local trip origins and the ubiquity of low-cost private vehicle modes of access continue to inhibit meaningful HOV access to congested airports. In recent years new express lane tolling innovations... more »

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A Guide to Best Practices in Infrastructure and Programs Designed to Increase Public Transit Access to Airports

Information and data are needed on the experiences and best practices of airports and airport authorities, partnered with city, county, metropolitan, state, and federal transportation agencies, for increasing public transit access to airports. Whether capital projects or community-oriented programs, some airports and transportation agencies have been more successful in shifting passenger travel to and from airports away... more »

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Vegetation Height and Impacts on Deterring Small Birds on Airports

Vegetation and grass height is suggested to be between 7-14 inches on airports to deter small bird species; this concept has been tested in the past, with mixed results. I suggest a study should be conducted building on the previous publications keeping in mind new technologies and different grass management strategies to determine if current best management strategies are sufficient or may need to be updated.

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