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Airport Accident Analysis and Impacts to Safety Zones

Aviation accident data has limitations for establishing airport safety zones used to guide airport-vicinity land use decisions. Establishing uniform reporting criteria across responsible agencies will assist local jurisdictions to define safety zones and apply them to maintain airport viability.

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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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Best Practices for Enhancing Airport Power Supply Resiliency

Aviation facilities are vulnerable to incidents on the electricity grid that expose them to power outage. Power outages create significant operational disruptions and they can last several hours (e.g., 2017 ATL 11-hr outage, 2020 Texas outage). Are they best practices (incl. micro-grid explored in ACRP Synthesis 91) that can help increasing power supply resiliency?

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Emerging Ground Access Technologies at Airports: A Primer

New ways to ride from/to the airport are emerging: micromobility, autonomous and connected vehicles, electric vehicles, Hyperloop, underground electric skates, urban air mobility, etc. Old ways are being recycled and improved, such as (but not limited to) bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail, high speed rail (e.g., Brigthline station at MCO), etc.

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Employee Onboarding Environmental Guidebook trending idea

This research would produce a guidebook to help airports educate new employees on their on environmental procedures and practices. research would produce a guidebook to help airports educate new employees on their on environmental procedures and practices.

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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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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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Vehicle-to-Grid Microgrid at Airports

As electric vehicles reach the consumer mainstream and decarbonization moves energy loads from natural gas to electricity, airports will be under increasing pressure to upgrade their electrical capacity. This research paper would explore the potential use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a local microgrid, offsetting peak electrical demand and providing increased levels of electrical system redundancy.

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Renewables to Resilience: Strengthening Airport Resilience through Retrofitting Existing Renewable Energy Assets

Approximately 20% of public airports have adopted solar PV over the past decade. However, most of these renewable projects have not been developed to provide resilient power directly to the airport to keep critical areas and assets up and running in the event of a power disruption. This project will evaluate existing roadblocks to retrofit solar PV projects to add resilience capabilities and provide guidance to airports... 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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Use of Equity and Environmental Justice Data to Support Airport Decision-making trending idea

Research would focus on determining how airports could better leverage emerging equity and environmental justice datasets to inform decision-making processes and ensure better project outcomes for communities and stakeholders. The guidebook would provide a primer on the topic, present a synthesis of current practices in analysis, mapping, and visualization of this data, and how it could be used to inform airport-decision... more »

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Planning standards for Autonomous Vehicles on Landside Ground Operations

Autonomous vehicles (AV)s are soon to be in the traffic mix at airports nationwide dropping-off and picking up passengers. While us "humans" drive through crowded roads and can find the smallest place by the curb to stop and drop-off and pick up pax, can an AV do it?

Do AVs need to have a specific amount of curb space before it pulls in and out?

Do the curb spaces need to communicate with the AVs to indicate spaces... more »

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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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Update to Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning, Risk Assessments for Airports

Update to Report 147. The climate data in the ACROS tool is outdated and requires update. The original publication is based on data from prior to 2013; weather and climate data has been continually updated since the original publication was released (which affects the likelihood and severity of various risks in the assessment tool). Additionally, there are more recent examples of airport case studies and best practices.... more »

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