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The Impact of Changes to the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) on Airports

Changes to the RCAM have impacted how and when airports remove contaminants on the runway and in turn has impacted the hours needed for personnel and equipment to remove contaminants as well as the useful life of markings and pavement surfaces.

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Airport Best Practices in Sustainability

By understanding what other airports are doing in the very wide subject area of sustainability, it may spur airports to try different means of conserving energy, recycling materials, or otherwise improving its sustainability practices. By looking not only at the practices, but the results, the challenges to implementation, and the costs of implementation, airports will be provided with guidance to improve their practices... more »

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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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Synthesis of Airport Related Ultrafine Particle (UFP) Emissions Research

In recent years, there has been an a growing concern regarding emissions of aviation related ultrafine particles (UFPs). This effort would consolidate relevant research regarding aviation and UFP emissions in order to provide useful insight to airports, stakeholders, and the public.

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Software Solutions and Tools for Airport Administration

This project will provide airport administrators and other stakeholders with a concise resource that applies software solutions, applications, and digital technologies toward a multitude of common tasks, responsibilities, and problems.The project will synthesize all existing research and resources on the subject, paying particular attention to off-the-shelf style products that can be easily procured, implemented, and... more »

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How airports and agencies are effectively leveraging airport economic impact studies

Many airport economic impact studies have been completed in the past 20 years. These studies, periodically updated, are used as one indicator of the growth and sustainability of the aviation industry as a whole and as key data to demonstrate the importance of an airport or group of airports to the economic growth of a state, region, or county. There appears to be no succinct source that documents utilization of these... more »

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Navigating the DBE Process -Getting your DBE in different States/Cities

The objective is to help a new business that is looking to become DBE certified avoid the pitfalls that are common in getting certified in states. The aviation community is trying to getting minorities and women to become DBE certified however the process is cumbersome, at times overwhelming, and confusing. With each state requiring different information in would be beneficial for the new business to know the following... more »

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Wildlife Management and Perimeter Fence Security

To receive the full potential of perimeter fencing, the fence needs to be extended underground. Wildlife can push the bottom of a chain link fence up or dig under to enter onto properties and cause delays or damage. Animal barriers that can interlock with chain link fencing to extend and secure the fence have proven to be very effective. Dig Defence, LLC has a proprietary solution for these issues.

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Runway Rubber Removal

Runways routinely require the removal of rubber to maintain adequate surface friction. According to FAA AC 150/5320-12C, rubber can be removed by High-Pressure Water, Chemical, High-Velocity Impact, and Mechanical removal. Survey experiences with various airports in different climates to assess the cost, time required, benefits, and tradeoffs with various methods of rubber removal.

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Digital Twin for Airports: Going Beyond BIM

Building Information Modeling is mainly used for design & construction phase of an airport project. Ultimately, if stated in the project contract requirements, as-constructed model data is transitioned to Asset Management platform used by Airport Facilities Management team. Hence, the intent of BIM is to represent a physical space digitally for construction purpose and not to address daily occupancy and utilization of... more »

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Modeling Aviation Activity Allocation in Multi-Airport Regions trending idea Edited

This Synthesis study will document the current state of practice of modeling the distribution of future aviation activity among airports in a multi-airport region and identify needed future research to advance the state of practice. The state of practice of how this is done has advanced very little in the past two decades, although the advent of relatively new "big data" sources of information offers promising opportunities... more »

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Airport contributions to the investigation and interdiction of human trafficking

The objective of this research is to identify how airports can assist Federal and state law enforcement in combatting human trafficking. By supporting investigation and interdiction of human trafficking occurring in and around their facilities, airports can improve their security posture and the safety of the traveling public, as well as the diverse victims of this under-reported crime. Potential research products would... more »

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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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