Quick Response for Special Needs. Task 15. Aviation-Industry Issue Familiarization and Training for Part-time Airport Policymakers

Few airports have adequate budgets with which to train the part-time policymaking leadership and key policy stakeholders on issues that affect airport policy decisions. Many airports are unable send part-time commissioners, board members, new policy leaders, or other policy-related stakeholders to conferences or seminars to learn and discuss the regulatory or national-political framework within which airports must operate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), responsible for providing regulatory oversight for all airports, cannot interpret all nuances of their regulations to fit individual airport governance, purpose, or motivation models. It is understood that part-time airport policy leadership may not need to know much of this information to the degree of those who are working full-time within the terminal or airfield environment, on a technical or managerial basis. However, an overview of policy issues affecting airport administrative and operational decisions would provide airport policy leaders, stakeholders, and policy-related decision-makers a common framework to understand administrative and operational necessity, and thereby make better informed policy decisions. The target audience for this project would be airport executives and their part-time policy leaders, and key policy-making stakeholders. The project will include a review of current Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) research, current literature, and industry practices related to airport-policy issues that are typically discussed with members of airport boards, part-time commissioners, policy-reviewing advisory committees, city councils, city managers, and other key participants in airport policy discussions. The research team will survey airports, interview FAA Airport District Office managers, and key industry associations. The project will assess all collected material and produce a concise summary of key policy issues (A Primer), as well as (stand-alone) recommendations of best practices for conveying information to the part-time policy makers, and recommend an agenda or syllabus for presenting key policy issues.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $75000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-02, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Salamone, Michael

  • Performing Organizations:

    Delta Aviation Consultants, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Chapman, Rusty

  • Start Date: 20091215
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101015
  • Source Data: RiP Project 21304

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464262
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-02, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:39PM