Design

Airport Incubators

How can airports set up incubators unit to create a space for innovators to solve airport problems based on challenges placed on them from different departments? Then, using the resulting solution, partner (in terms of equity) with the innovators, help them form companies that the airport would be. Partner on in terms of the laboratory for the solutions, then market to other airports.

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Maintenance

Integrated and Comprehensive Management of GA Airport Maintenance Operations

The objective of this research is craft and organize flexible but comprehensive and coordinated GA airport infrastructure maintenance operation programs and protocols for the purpose of achieving infrastructure preservation cost savings, cost deferrals, and extend the useful service life of existing airport infrastructure. The products of this research would be a Guidebook outlining ways and means of comprehensively ...more »

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Environment

Identifying Viable Techniques for Modifying NextGen Flight Track Design to Reduce Community Noise Exposure and Annoyance

This research would examine several examples where implementation of Metroplex or other procedures has resulted in widespread increased community complaints and would explore options for redesigning those flight tracks to reduce noise concentrations over noise sensitive areas while satisfying project design goals and constraints. Changes in aircraft noise exposure, fuel consumption, and air emissions would be quantified ...more »

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Human Resources

Human Factors in Airport Operations

A synthesis that identifies and describes the cognitive abilities used in airfield operations. The synthesis would identify methods for mitigating risks inherent to human performance and would identify best practices for developing or improving these abilities.

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Policy and Planning

Aging Air Traffic Control Tower Facilities

Many airports have air traffic control tower (ATCT) facilities that were constructed more than 50 years ago and despite renovation and rehabilitation efforts, they are reaching the end of their useful life. Some do not meet updated FAA siting and design criteria, and other state-of-art practices. NATCA conducted a survey in 10 years ago (2007) that indicated over two-thirds of the ATCTs were rated as having fair to poor ...more »

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Administration

Lessons learned from the recent hurricanes

While there is existing guidance on emergency planning and business continuity for airport operation, the recent storms to hit the gulf and eastern coasts have presented different challenges in airport operations. The project would pull lessons learned from airports effected by the damages of the storms as well as external factors that may not be under airport control. examples: - Loss of NAVIADS - The airport has power ...more »

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