Creating Self-Directed Resiliency Plans at GA Airports

The objective of this research is to develop a product or products that general aviation (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.   At a minimum, the product(s) should include: (1) A summary of airport resiliency planning and its value at GA airports.   (2) A discussion of technologies and strategies to address present and future disruptors and factors that do and could challenge GA airport business models. (3) A discussion on the stressors and shocks that GA airports could face. (4) Guidance on collaborating with and understanding how GA airports can support federal/state/local entities and municipalities during stressors and shocks, including collaboration and communication with airport tenants, stakeholders, and the general public. (5) Case studies of a variety of GA airports at different levels of maturity in resilience planning.   (6) A template for preparing communication and briefing tools, which GA airport managers could use to educate community leaders on the need and value of GA airports especially during stressors and shocks. (7) A discussion of the integration of resilience planning in other airport planning processes, i.e., master planning, strategic planning, etc., and the consideration of funding sources, i.e., state, AIP, potential public/private partnerships or third-party investment, etc. (8) A low-cost stress test exercise that GA airports could conduct. (9) Guidelines for GA airports that will enable the airport sponsor to evaluate and prepare to take the proper responses and actions to effectively manage their airport during stressors and shocks.


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  • Status: Active
  • 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: 20230126
  • 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