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Intersecting Runways - Best Practices for Grade Design

FAA design guidance regarding grade issues for intersecting runways leaves a fair amount of discretion to the design engineer. This topic will seek to provide additional guidance regarding gradient requirements and best practices.

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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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Validating Passenger Level of Service and Spatial Planning Criteria for Airport Terminals

Investigate if additional data can be collected by these new survey techniques: Develop preferred practices on how to use emerging mobile technologies to collect passenger level of service information in a minimally invasive manner and investigate if new techniques improve (or impede) passenger response rates. Other topics that could be covered include: using ethnographic data collection techniques to understand passenger... more »

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Planning and Design of Low Cost Carrier Terminals

Develop a guide for architects, planners and airport operators on planning and designing new low cost carrier (LCC) terminal or converting existing ones to better serve low cost carriers. Supplement existing terminal planning resources and guidelines while identifying key differences between LCC and full service terminals.

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Selection and Application of Building Materials for Passenger Terminals

To create a comprehensive resource for architects, interior designers, engineers and airport operators to help them in selection of these materials for new construction or renovation of existing facilities. The guidebook should also provide guidance to airport operators and designers on how to evaluate life cycle cost implications of selecting different building materials.

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Methods for Evaluating Airfield Pavement Deicer Contributions to Airport Stormwater Quality In Reserve

The objective of this research is to develop guidance for airports to quantitatively identify the contributions of airfield pavement deicers to environmentally relevant characteristics of stormwater discharges, such as COD and BOD.

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

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 Factors in Airport Operations In Reserve

New research that identifies and describes the cognitive abilities used in airfield operations, as well as the limitations and potential complications of current practices. The research should identify methods for mitigating risks inherent to human performance and should identify and/or recommend best practices for developing or improving these abilities.

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Busing Resources for Aircraft Emergencies and Transportation Outages

To determine best practices for providing backup transportation within an airport for the following situations:

- Aircraft emergencies, where passengers must deplane an aircraft and be bused to a terminal

- Planned and unplanned outages of alternative intra-airport transportation systems such as trains.

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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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Nondestructive monitoring and testing of support below runways In Reserve

We are researching a capability for non-destructive, very low-cost monitoring of subbase conditions below runways (as well as other transportation infrastructure). We are seeking a test location (airport, for example) to validate our work.