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. ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The research is conducted by contractors who are selected based on competitive proposals. Delta has been selected for and produced the following ACRP guidebooks.
Delta was selected to prepare guidance for the part-time airport policymaker about a broad range of airport issues. The target audience included airport authority/board members, elected city/county officials, and others that have responsibilities for airport policymaking but don’t deal with the airport on a daily basis. Issues covered in our guidance included twenty subjects such as airport governance, planning, capital development, safety, and grant obligations. This document is particularly helpful to newly appointed or elected officials.
Well-planned general aviation (GA) facilities can be the key to a successful and financially healthy airport. This publication provides a how-to guide for laying out a balanced GA facilities plan that is economical, efficient, and meets the needs of the GA users of each airport. The guidebook is not a ‘one size fits all’, but rather includes guidance for various activity airports: low, medium, and high activity (e.g. reliever) GA airports and GA facilities on air carrier airports. The facilities addressed include: GA terminal buildings, fixed base operator (FBO), other service providers, maintenance, repair, and overhaul, aprons, tie-downs, hangars (both conventional and T-Hangars), ground access and parking, aircraft fueling (self-service and service providers), fuel truck parking, security fencing/ gates, wash racks, helicopter parking, and special user requirements.
Properly designed and constructed facilities must include future maintenance considerations and involve maintenance staff. The guidebook stresses the importance of considering maintenance during the design and construction of facilities and includes tips and considerations for 19 types of infrastructure including pavements, marking, lighting, electrical, drainage systems, and fueling facilities.
This report describes practices, tools, communication techniques, feedback loops, and case studies that highlight how leaders at smaller airports (general aviation and small air carrier) proactively manage stakeholder relationships.