Research Projects

Research Projects

This Collection is for research ideas whose objectives are to develop guidance, tools, or best practices.
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Modernizing Air Cargo Operations in U.S. Airports

Air cargo is vital part of supply chain for many companies and cities. Air cargo carries about 35% contribution in value terms of the world's cargo, only 1% in volume, yet many airports, especially in the USA, still do not have modern technology such as Cargo Community Systems, material handling systems in warehouses, and airports designed to move cargo, including e-commerce cargo, at the same speed and efficiency as... more »

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Post COVID-19: Airport Efforts to Prevent Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife Trafficking links wildlife trade and public health; and the COVID-19 pandemic is a prime example of how the transmission of disease that originated in wildlife could have a devastating impact on global public health. Additionally, wildlife trafficking is a serious worldwide crime which threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, and conservation efforts.

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Guidance for Identifying and Implementing "Touchless Travel" Technologies at Airports

Airports are in need of a guidance to identify key touchpoints and implementable technology solutions to institute a "touchless travel" model in order to improve security and safety for passengers, employees, and tenants.

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Staffing Composition for Airports: What We Need to Survive and Thrive

Many airports are facing very difficult futures, especially HUB airports, in light of COVID and other funding challenges. These airports will need to learn to "do more with less" and respond rapidly to the changes faced or risk losing their foothold. ACRP project 06-04 (Report 186) and current project ACRP 06-06 highlight the new job demands and technological changes already requiring a new business approach and skills... more »

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Assessing and Improving Data Analytic Capabilities in Airports

Airports are currently facing numerous organizational challenges, and it is often difficult to identify the primary areas of concern, prioritize effectively, and make effective changes for the future. Improved data analytic capabilities can help airports make better informed decisions to improve their organizational issues. This research will result in a user-friendly guidebook that will provide simple and effective methods... more »

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Development of Forensic Guidance and Tools for PFAS Source Differentiation

Project would review forensic/fingerprinting approaches being employed in the industry for PFAS source differentiation, assess the validity and usefulness of the approaches used, and summarize those approaches in a guidance document. Additionally, the project would create a tool for airports to perform some level of fingerprinting assessment of PFAS impacts to soil or groundwater to discrimnate between multiple sources... more »

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Improve Traveler Experience while Generating Additional Revenue Through the Effective Use of Data

Recent data suggests that a 0.01% increase in passenger satisfaction results in an increased spend of $0.80 per passenger, while an additional 10 minutes spent in line, decreases that spend by 30%. Using available data to generate and push valuable information to the traveling public will optimize and help streamline the passenger travel experience, leading to increased passenger satisfaction, as well as increased airport... more »

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Review and assessment of airport communicable disease screening technologies and innovations

Medical technology companies are rolling out robots and drones to help fight it and provide services and care to those quarantined or practicing social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked the "testing" of robots and other technologies as officials seek out the most expedient and safe way to grapple with the outbreak and limit contamination and spread of the virus.

The aviation industry needs to assess... more »

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Knowledge is Power: Knowledge Management Guidance to Help Airports Thrive

Airports need to understand the best ways to preserve institutional knowledge as large scale industry changes occur and both leaders and experienced employees at all levels of the organization are eligible for retirement and leave the airport. Knowledge management and institutional knowledge transfer should be incorporated into all aspects of airports, including the culture, training delivery platforms, and automated... more »

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Enhancing Graduate Academic Programs for the Aviation Industry

The proposed research is designed to expand the research of ACRP 06-06 – Cultivating Talent in the Airport Environment, and ACRP 06-07 – Enhancing Academic Programs to Prepare Future Airport Industry Professionals both of which are still in progress. Many collegiate aviation programs examined in ACRP 06-07 offered master's degrees in business administration, public administration, or aeronautical science that included... more »

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Characteristics and Interests of Students in Collegiate Aviation Management Programs

The proposed research is designed to collect, organize, and assess the historical and current general demographic characteristics of students enrolled in two- and four-year collegiate aviation management programs as well those of recent graduates. Early and current aviation interests, learning styles, and other influences that led up to enrollment and matriculation in their particular program will be investigated. Key... more »

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Passing the Torch - Wit & Wisdom from Senior and Retired Airport Leaders

Perhaps one of the greatest untapped resources available for understanding the challenges of managing airports can be found among the many senior and retired airport leaders. There needs to be an opportunity to assemble the collective wisdom of these successful leaders and to share their insights and experiences gained during their careers.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel Infrastructure Assessment Guide

Airports can play a meaningful role advancing the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) adoption. One key area is understanding SAJF infrastructure needs. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has demonstrated leadership along with partners Alaska Airlines and Boeing by pursuing an "Aviation Biofuels Infrastructure Feasibility Study." In 2018, San Francisco International Airport is poised to issue an RFP to identify... more »

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Air Emissions from PFAS-Laden and Fluorine-Free Firefighting Foams at Airports

This research seeks to compile available research on per- and polyfluoroalklyl substances (PFAS) air emissions at airport facilities and provide a better understanding of potential concerns related to PFAS release and exposure during aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) activities. As fluorine-free firefighting foams are being developed, it is also important to understand air emissions during use of these new alternatives.... more »

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In-Flight Aircraft Emissions Tracer Study

The emissions dispersion model used by airports for regulatory purposes does not account for aircraft-specific exhaust emissions transport and may be under- or over-estimating ground-level concentrations. Tracer studies for aircraft do not exist as they do for vehicles and are needed to evaluate newly developed dispersion models designed to better estimate the transport of aircraft exhaust emissions during low-altitude... more »

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