Guidebook for Virtual Airport Ramp Control Operations Facilities

While there are several airports around the world employing virtual operations to manage ramp activity, there has been little research or testing on the use of virtual operations including remote locations of ramp towers. While the FAA has oversight of airspace and movement areas, ramp control in the non-movement area is the responsibility of the airport operator, an airline, or a third party. Efforts are underway to manage local air traffic operations from virtual facilities, which permit the control facility to be located anywhere with secure electronic communication capability. ACRP Research Report 167: Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities has provided key airport considerations when developing ramp control facilities; however, additional research to determine how to implement a virtual ramp control operation is needed. The objective of this research was to develop a guidebook, to include a roadmap, that provides U.S. airport operators and their stakeholders* at a variety of types* and sizes of airports, the ability to implement virtual ramp control operations.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-31

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Ricondo & Associates, Incorporated

    Miami, FL  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Varani, Robert

  • Start Date: 20210312
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220911
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220911

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01731871
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-31
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2020 10:33AM