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Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)

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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.

  • Legal Issues Relating to Airport Commercial Contracts

    Published: February 19, 2021 4:07 PM

    Airport attorneys spend considerable time drafting and negotiating airport contracts that involve specialized legal and business issues. Some are general commercial issues, while others are unique to airports. As governmental entities, airports are subject to a variety of governmental law principles that can affect their contracts for commercial services. …

  • Practices in Airport Emergency Plans

    Published: February 10, 2021 6:00 PM

    An airport emergency plan (AEP) is meant to support airports in defining roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, identifying specific threats that could affect airports, and establishing communication protocols for the airport community. …

  • Planning and Design of Airport Terminal Restrooms and Ancillary Spaces

    Published: January 27, 2021 8:19 PM

    Customer satisfaction has become one of the primary drivers for the success of an airport, and restrooms and ancillary facilities often provide the first and last impression of a destination. The real challenge for airports is to provide restrooms with enough space for people to move around in and offer secure, clean, and dry places for their belongings. …

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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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