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Airport Management Resources


ACRP Studies


Airport Planning / Capital Improvements

Title: Collaborative Airport Capital Planning Handbook (ACRP Report 49)

Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a handbook that identifies best management practices in all phases of development, management, financing, and oversight of airport capital plans and includes those elements, steps, and key milestones that are necessary to create a collaborative business process that ensures the consistent flow of information and maintains the capital plan.  This includes reporting, updating, and tracking financial and individual project information and identifying the processes that facilitate communication between internal and external stakeholders (e.g., airlines, FAA, local and state officials). The handbook should also identify and translate the elements of the collaborative business process so that it can be incorporated into an information technology solution.



Title: General GA Facility Planning Report (ACRP Report 113)
Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to plan General Aviation facilities, including (but not limited to): terminals, aprons, tie-downs, T-hangars, conventional hangars, fixed-based operators, other aviation service providers, ground access and parking, and fueling facilities, for any airport accommodating GA activity.


Airport Wildlife Management

Title: Guidebook for Addressing Aircraft/Wildlife Hazards at General Aviation Airports (ACRP Report 32)
Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook that managers of general aviation (GA) airports can use to identify, understand, and mitigate wildlife hazards to aircraft in the airport environs. This guidebook is intended to provide a primer for addressing wildlife hazards but is not intended to fulfill Part 139 certification requirements regarding wildlife. The guidebook should be accompanied by a brief reference guide and outreach materials for aircraft/wildlife hazards at GA airports.


Winter Operations / Snow Removal

Title: A Guidebook for Airport Winter Operations (ACRP Report 123)

Overview: The objective of this research was to prepare a guidebook to help airports prepare for, operate during, and recover from disruptive winter events as well as manage airport user expectations. The guidebook identifies and evaluate best practices in airport airside and landside winter operations, as well as provides guidance on how to manage overall passenger experience within a framework of safety and efficiency.



Title: Airside Snow Removal Practices for Small Airports with Limited Budgets (ACRP Synthesis 67)

Overview: The timely removal of snow from an airport surface can be an important safety and business matter for an airport. The purpose of this synthesis was to gather information on the challenges and successful strategies that airport operators use at small airports with significant budget and other constraints while coordinating and conducting snow removal operations



Airport Management / Business Practices

Title: Marketing Guidebook for Small Airports (ACRP Report 28)

Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for small airport marketing, external communications, and public information. The guidebook should describe effective airport marketing practices, provide guidance in their use, and assist airports in developing an airport marketing strategy



Title: Guidebook for Managing Small Airports (ACRP Report 16)
Overview: Guidebook for Managing Small Airports introduces the myriad issues facing small airports in the United States to airport practitioners. Generally, these practitioners—owners, operators, managers, and policy makers of small airports—are assumed to be responsible for a wide range of activities, often unrelated to the management responsibilities of the airport. This report presents the critically important issues that these practitioners will frequently encounter while wearing the airport manager’s hat.

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Title: Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans (ACRP Report 77)

Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to educate general aviation airport managers and policy makers on how to create a business plan to assist their airport in maximizing its self-sufficiency. The guidebook should address at a minimum (a) why a business plan is a valuable tool, (b) the elements of a business plan, and (c) the process to develop and implement a business plan.



Title: Guidebook for Developing and Managing Airport Contracts (ACRP Report 33)

Overview: The objective of this project is to develop an intuitive, easy-to-use guidebook of best practices for developing, soliciting, and managing airport agreements for use by airports of all sizes



Title: Agricultural Operations on Airport Grounds A SYNTHESIS OF AIRPORT PRACTICE (ACRP Synthesis 117)

Overview: The objective of this report is to compile literature and practices at airports initiating and managing agricultural operations on airport grounds. 



Understanding Airspace

Title: Understanding Airspace, Objects, and their Effects on Airports (ACRP Project 38)
Overview: The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook that defines and explains the various criteria used to identify objects that affect the airspace needed by an airport for its current and future operations, as well as the interrelationships between these criteria. The guidebook is intended to be used by airport operators, consultants, and surrounding communities in understanding the airport’s current and future airspace needs and how objects individually and collectively can affect the safety, utility, and efficiency of their airport.


Title: Best Practices for Airport Obstruction Managment (ACRP Report 195)
Overview: The objective of this research is to buld on project 38 and provide resources to help communities protect airspace. 
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Unmanned Aircraft

Title: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Airports: A Primer (ACRP Report 144)
Overview: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Airports: A Primer was developed to assist airports of all types and sizes and their stakeholders in gaining an understanding of UAS and their potential use and impact on airports. Information in the primer includes a glossary of key terms and a background on the current state of UAS operations. The primer addresses costs and benefits to airports, regulatory and community considerations, UAS infrastructure and operational considerations, and UAS safety and security among other issues.