Guidance for Small Airports on Safe Maintenance of Airfield Electrical Systems

Nonqualified or improperly trained airport staff may not be able to recognize airfield electrical systems hazards that may lead to serious injury or loss of life. Airport sponsors of many of the country’s smallest airports may not have qualified onsite management or staff familiar with the operational needs and risks to appropriately manage an airfield electrical system. The maintenance of airfield electrical systems may be left to general airport staff, airport sponsor staff, or outside individuals, all of whom may lack proper training. The unintended consequences of improper routine maintenance or catastrophic failure is not only dangerous, but will disrupt safe airfield operations. It appears that there is no cost-effective training on basic airfield electrical system maintenance available for small-hub, non-hub, reliever, and general aviation (GA) airports. Airport sponsors could benefit from assistance in understanding how to appropriately train, select, and assign individuals and/or resources to safely maintain the airfield electrical systems, including the means to identify qualified local or regional resources. The objective of this research is to provide guidance and best practices for safely maintaining airfield electrical systems that are accessible and practical for small-hub, non-hub, reliever, and GA airports. The guidance should include tools; compile means and methods for recognizing hazards and mitigating risks; and provide curriculum outlines and job aids that sponsors can use to ensure that individuals are fully qualified to perform tasks assigned.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 09-22

  • 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:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Aviation Planning Group LLC

    New York, NY  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Whitfield, Leah

  • Start Date: 20220812
  • Expected Completion Date: 20231211
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01832380
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 09-22
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 11 2022 3:14PM