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 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
Published: March 12, 2018 4:38 PM
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 155: Guidebook for Advanced Computerized Maintenance Management System Integration at Airports explores the use of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to manage a variety of assets across a number of different airport systems. This report develops guidance on the steps necessary to implement a CMMS, factors for consideration in prioritizing which systems should be included in the CMMS using a phased approach, and the steps for integrating CMMS data into performance management and business decision making.
Published: March 8, 2018 12:29 PM
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores ACRP Report 146: Commercial Ground Transportation at Airports: Best Practices has had on ground transportation policy at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. The document helped airport officials incorporate the use of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft into ground transportation operations, while ensuring that strict Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are in place for all providers.
Published: March 5, 2018 6:36 PM
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores how Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission turned to ACRP Synthesis Report 57: Airport Response to Special Events to develop management plans to better accommodate the influx of spectators and corporate sponsors during the 2018 Super Bowl.
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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