Creating Self-Directed Resiliency Plans at GA Airports

Successful management of a general aviation (GA) airport must include resilience planning to be prepared for the unexpected. GA airports are uniquely positioned assets in any community and it is imperative for GA airport staff to understand, predict, and address shocks (e.g., airplane accidents, severe weather, utility outages, fuel disruptions, and natural disasters) and stressors (e.g., employment challenges, aging infrastructure, climate change impacts, political and economic changes, and resource limitations) before they happen. Resilience planning in GA airports must be proactive in identifying ways to avoid, withstand, and recover from shocks and stressors. There are nearly 3,000 GA airports, heliports, and seaplane bases identified in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). The FAA has indexed all general aviation airports in the ASSET 1 and ASSET 2 reports. While GA airports typically do not serve the military or commercial airlines, they are key contributors to the successful network of the nation's airports and are important to the communities in which they operate. Self-directed resilience planning will focus needed attention and cost-saving benefits to the numerous and varied GA airport sponsors around the country. Having the correct set of product(s) and tools and guidelines on how to use them will motivate operators to conduct their own resilience planning. Operators need to develop cost-effective resilience plans with priorities that address the unique services, conditions, and environmental elements of their airports. The objective of this research is to develop a product or products that GA airports of various categories and sizes can use to enhance their resilience. The product(s) should guide airports in preparing to respond, adapt, and sustain itself to all varieties of stressors or shocks including economic, social, political, environmental, and operational or infrastructure. The product(s) should guide GA airport sponsors through a planning process, without the aid of consultants and at minimal costs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $320000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-92

  • 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:

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Waltham, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Witt, Amanda

  • Start Date: 20210727
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230310
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748062
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-92
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2020 4:38PM