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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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Potential Airport Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Who, What, When, Where, & How? In Reserve

As air travel rebounds from the COVID pandemic, the aviation industry will again be under increasing public pressure (i.e. flight shaming) to decarbonize its operations to align with the global goal of "net zero carbon emissions by 2050." Some airports are already being asked by local officials, regulatory agencies, and NGOs to identify their planned strategies and milestones to meet this long-term target. The proposed... more »

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Guidebook for Improved Data Privacy Management In Reserve

Airports are collecting and processing a large amount of data from a traveler, including but not limited to personal identification, medical records (COVID-19 related), and biometric information. The guidebook intends to analyze the status quo of how US airports handle data privacy and to inform airport stakeholders of a comprehensive strategy to guide them towards better data privacy management.

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Digital Twin for Airports : Why and How? In Reserve

Virtually building a "digital twin" of an airport is becoming increasingly popular by architects and engineers who need to more efficiently plan, design, and build; staff who need to effectively operate and maintain these complex facilities; and managers who constantly need to make informed decisions. The concepts behind a digital twin (e.g. graphical representation of facilities, recording current status of assets, systems... more »

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Transitioning Airport Central Utility Plants to Electric In Reserve

For airports considering transitioning to electric equipment at Central Utility Plants to meet air quality regulations and sustainability goals, there is a need for a comprehensive evaluation of appropriate alternative technologies (including costs), retrofits needed, and strategies to minimize life cycle costs of new equipment. A model of potential energy, water, and greenhouse gas reductions is also needed to inform... more »

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Airport Microgrid Toolkit Upgrade and Host Identification In Reserve

To improve the ACRP Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit ("the Toolkit") project funded through ACRP (ACRP 10-26: Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit)by updating cost and technology information and identifying a long-term host.

ACRP 10-26 generated a potentially unprecedented level of media and government interest in a TRB project including coverage in CNBC and a formal progress inquiry from Congress. Microgrids... more »

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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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Delivering Cost-Effective Training for Airfield Electricians for General Aviation and Other Small Airports In Reserve

When a natural disaster or accident disrupts the airfield lighting and electrical system, the lack of staff or available local qualified airfield electricians may seriously delay the recovery of airfield operations. Airfield electrical systems are inherently dangerous; therefore, special training is required to maintain safely.

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Update to Report 160: Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports In Reserve

The data in the original report and supporting the tool is from 1990-2000, and airports need guidance and information based on the latest climate data to accurately assess risk and plan mitigation strategies. This research update idea was developed as part of project ACRP 11-02/39, Environmental Products Update and is one of the priorities identified by the research team and through industry outreach.

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Update to Report 11: Preparing Airport Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories In Reserve

The original guidebook provides essential information to airports developing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. However there have been a number of developments in methodology and resources available since original publication and an update is needed for this publication to remain relevant/useful. This research update idea was developed as part of project ACRP 11-02/39, Environmental Products Update and is one... more »

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

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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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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Planning standards for Autonomous Vehicles on Landside Ground Operations In Reserve

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 »