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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.

  • Recovering International Recyclables from In-Flight Service

    Published: May 18, 2020 11:55 AM

    When exposed to certain foods or fluids, recyclables arriving on international flights are required to be quarantined due to potential contaminants. As a result, almost every country worldwide prescribes sterilization, incineration, or other disposal methods for these contaminated recyclables. …

  • Deicing Planning Guidelines and Practices for Stormwater Management Systems, second edition

    Published: April 21, 2020 5:29 AM

    The first edition of this report, in 2009, provided a comprehensive industry reference for the management of airport deicing runoff. The second edition has been wholly updated to reflect the latest industry practices.…

  • Infectious Disease Mitigation in Airports and on Aircraft

    Published: April 17, 2020 11:53 AM

    The risk of disease transmission at airports and on aircraft is similar to the risks associated with other densely populated places. There are also unique factors related to the interaction of individuals from geographically diverse regions with differing immunity and endemic diseases. …

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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.


Most links on this page go to the ACRP website administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is not part of or any other Federal government website. After you leave, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of TRB and are no longer protected by Federal privacy laws.

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