Created by (@damon.fordham)

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Case studies of Successful Land Use Strategies at Airports

Synthesis of case studies showcasing what has worked well and what has not, to give examples of alignment between airport operators and land use jurisdictions. States might take different approaches from each other, and understanding these differences could be valuable.

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Created by (@stephen.vanbeek)

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The Use of Stipends in Competitive Bids

Stipends are used in competitive bids to encourage bidders to submit their best ideas in a procurement. Better understanding of the use and value of stipends would be useful to airport management, boards and policymakers to determine if compensating losing bidders for their intellectual property would advance practice and improve design and project delivery.

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Created by (@dgransberg)

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Airport Best Practices for Progressive Design-Build Project Delivery

Progressive design-build (PDB) has proven to generate both time and cost savings on a number of major airport projects because its qualifications-based selection of the DB team, combined with a negotiated construction price reduces the time it takes airports to procure the DB contractor and reduces the contingencies buried in a typical DB lump sum price. An assembly of PDB best practices would provide the foundation for... more »

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Created by (@jwalewski)

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The uberization of business aviation

New technologies continue to arise regarding the ability to coordinate for the shared use of smaller business aircraft, in turn creating increasing pressure to provide such services to the general public, in turn creating significant conflicts between just what is – and what is not – permitted under 14 C.F.R. Part 91. Additionally, eVTOL aircraft are rapidly under development and moving to the demonstration stage, creating... more »

Created by (@sarah.guo)

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Managing Risk in the Mega-Project Era

It is imperative that entities preparing to undertake a major airport terminal or expansion project understand what risks are involved and how those risks can be mitigated. If the proposed research is conducted and an intuitive database of risk-management contract provisions is created, entities interested in participating in such a "mega project" would be able to identify how best to manage the associated risk: this... more »

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Created by (@chris.baglin)

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Airport Contributions to the Study, Investigation, and Interdiction of Human Trafficking

Define evidence-based, practical tools for airports interested in supporting anti-human trafficking efforts, through a project that complements and keep step with efforts at the USDOT and FAA, as well as those of a Congressionally-directed Federal Advisory Committee and its recommendation, due out July 3, 2019.

Created by (@jussnyder)

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Best Practices for Implementing Effective Airport Biometrics - A Primer

Air traveler volume is rising year over year, placing strain on airport facilities' ability to process passengers efficiently and effectively in an operational footprint constrained by long-term capital investments. Additionally, airports must continuously mitigate against the risk posed by the "insider threat." Biometrics (e.g. fingerprint, facial, iris recognition) have the potential to mitigate these risks, capture... more »

Created by (@karenascott)

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Guide to Airport Innovation – Creating an Organizational Fit for the Future

Airport teams are ramping up innovation labs, centers and executive level positions to support critical thinking, strategy and innovation. Airports need an approach to innovation that is powerful, effective and broadly assessable, that can integrate into all aspects of the business and region, and that individuals and teams can use to generate breakthrough ideas that are implemented and have a meaningful impact in the... more »

Created by (@mgreenberger)

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Airport Insurance Requirements

A review of the distinctive types of hazard and liability risk that public entities and airports specifically face, and how airport management should address them. This would include: a) identification of risks unique to airports, and those shared with public entities generally b)evaluation of those risks c) risk control measures that can be employed d) the role of airport staff in claims and litigation management and... more »

Created by (@smqairportservices)

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Research and Practices Related to Seaplane Operations and Invasive Species Control.

The purpose of this synthesis is to compile research, reports, and practices related to state and local regulations, seaplane operation, policy issues, arguments for and against aircraft and motorboat usage, and sample regulations, practices or guidelines regarding invasive species control. The synthesis will serve as a useful reference document for presenting data and informing policymakers, seaplane operators, regulators,... more »

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Created by (@betsydelaney)

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The Emerging Threat of PFOS Contamination at Airports

Airports have for decades been managing and remediating contamination of soil and groundwater resulting from past practices. However, within the past two years airports have been surprised by a previously unrecognized environmental threat from a family of compounds found in firefighting foam known as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). A synthesis study to provide necessary education on the subject is proposed. It is... more »

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