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Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)


The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. Funding more than 20 projects a year, ACRP focuses on issues that other Federal research programs do not address. So far, ACRP has produced more than 400 practical resources and tools for airport practitioners and makes them available for free.

ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and sponsored by the FAA.

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ACRP Webinars

ACRP regularly hosts free webinars for airport practitioners that present the results of ACRP projects. Moderated by industry experts, ACRP’s webinars are organized by theme and cover a wide range of topics of value to the industry. Many webinars offer continuing education or certification maintenance credits. Advanced registration is required.

Recently Released Publications

The following documents were recently published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. Please contact the FAA to determine how they apply to FAA-funded projects.

  • Impacts on Practice: Implementing Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

    Published: November 8, 2018 12:42 PM

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice examines how Fresno Yosemite International Airport officials used ACRP Report 103: A Guidebook for Integrating NIMS for Personnel and Resources at Airports. The report guided the creation of a training program for Fresno Fire Department firefighters contracted to serve at the on-airport aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Airport officials used the report’s customizable, Excel-based matrix of suggested training for airport staff to identify specific gaps in training and new areas to address. The training program developed using the report helps the airport reinforce the differences between ARFF and traditional firefighting to municipal firefighters and provides fire department leadership and firefighters a better understanding of airport procedures in general.

  • Common Performance Metrics for Airport Infrastructure and Operational Planning

    Published: November 5, 2018 12:20 PM

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 190: Common Performance Metrics for Airport Infrastructure and Operational Planning serves as a reference guide and introduces common performance metrics for airport infrastructure and operational planning. The reference guide includes information on how to interpret performance metrics that can be used for analysis among airports, airlines, and air traffic control. Accompanying the report, download a Microsoft Excel-based Smart Guide, which serves as an interactive tool that provides access to information about a specific performance metric through search functions. …

  • A Primer to Prepare for the Connected Airport and the Internet of Things

    Published: October 24, 2018 11:35 AM

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 191: A Primer to Prepare for the Connected Airport and the Internet of Things introduces the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the airport environment to leverage current and emerging technologies. IoT can be used to provide information and services to airport passengers with current and evolving technologies. Airports, airlines, and other stakeholders can use these innovative technologies and data to enhance the user experience and add value. Airport operators and their stakeholders can use this primer to understand the IoT environment and plan for implementation.

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Does the FAA Use ACRP Publications and Tools?

The FAA does not just fund ACRP projects, we also use the results! ACRP findings have helped shape successful initiatives, such our Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) program, and recent guidance, including AC 150/5360-12F, Airport Signing and Graphics, which incorporates the recommendations and guidelines from ACRP Report 52, Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside. Many other FAA ACs and Orders cite ACRP reports as useful references, and on many of our web pages, you will find links to related ACRP materials.


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