Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S10-5. Ground Handling Training and Practices

Traditionally, airport operators have trained personnel on ramp security and movement area safety regulations and practices. Over the past few years, airports and airlines have been asked to develop comprehensive safety and operational training programs for ramp activities, adding non-movement areas and aircraft safety envelopes and assorted ground handling equipment to the traditional airfield traffic lanes training. Many of these training programs have been developed in absence of industry standard or an assessment of effective or common practices. In fact, the Government Accountability Office has found in the Reauthorization Issues Paper that "At least 29 fatal ramp accidents have occurred since 2001. However, efforts to improve airport ramp safety are hindered by a lack of complete accident data and standards for ground handling. FAA has generally taken an indirect role in overseeing ramp safety, and there are no federal or industry-wide standards for ramp operations. Varied standards for ramp operations could lead to confusion about operating procedures and safety rules among ground handling companies that provide service to several airlines and increase the likelihood of accidents." Research is needed to collect these practices, examine the rationale for the practice and what factors influence the practice. The objective of this synthesis project is to provide airport operators and users with a summary of ground handling practices and training tool resources. The audience for this synthesis would be airport and aviation safety and training professionals. The synthesis report will provide case studies of airports, airlines and ground services operators that engage in training and have established practices. The research will highlight common elements of successful programs and training tools. The research for this project will include literature review and interview of up to ten ground handling operations organizations. Common elements of identified programs and effective practices will be identified and reported.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100501
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23569

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461946
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:55PM