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 »
Policy and Planning
This research topic area is very large in scope. It includes subtopics that cover the entire industry, such as strategic planning, and others that focus narrowly on specific planning aspects of individual airport systems or types of projects. The subtopics associated with policy and planning generally include physical infrastructure, economic development and fiscal management, planning, and public relations/communications.
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A compilation of best practices in courtesy car procurement, insurance, maintenance, and usage policies to act as guidance for general aviation, community-owned airports. Alternative options, like coordination with dial-a-ride local transit service, taxis, and partnerships with local car rentals and dealerships should also be explored. The result would be an increase in economic opportunity by increasing connectivity ...more »
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a safe and efficient system for air passenger and cargo transportation within an urban area, inclusive of small package delivery and other urban Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) services, which supports a mix of onboard/ground-piloted and increasingly autonomous operations. In recent years, UAM has developed rapidly due to advances in technology and with pilot projects underway in Dubai and planned ...more »
Synthesize aspects of airport characteristics that can influence the planning, design, and construction of roads and highways and provide instructive considerations for each.
Research is needed to help airports better define the extent of the problem better define the potential direct impacts of restricted scheduling windows identify unintended consequences at both originating and destination airports from restricted scheduling windows on intercontinental routes propose alternative noise mitigation strategies to achieve similar or better outcomes for communities in the vicinity of ...more »