Guidance for Establishing Airport Apron Ramp Towers

As a matter of policy, with few exceptions, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has moved the geographic area in which it provides air traffic control services to airplanes away from airport gates and ramps toward the taxiway system. At the same time, there is increasing focus on both ramp safety and airport surface movement collaborative decision making (A-CDM). Control over the movement of airplanes on ramps is maintained by several different systems: airline ramp towers controlling movements on their own ramps; airline ramp towers controlling movements on their own, and other airlines', ramps; ramp towers staffed by airport personnel; and ramp towers operated by third parties under contract to airports. Increasingly, airports are considering providing ramp tower services to their airline tenants. Given the many issues involved in any consideration of establishing a ramp tower operation by airports, guidance is needed to explain the various options with explanation of the pros and cons, operational requirements, organizational models, and financial considerations involved in such a decision. The objective of this project is to provide airports with guidance in the factors involved in establishing a ramp tower. This guidance should describe the operational, organizational, staffing, training, and financial options for establishing a ramp tower. It should also provide a review of the various ramp tower organizational models used at U.S. airports and the advantages and drawbacks of each model.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-24

  • 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:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20141114
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37565

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543471
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-24
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2014 1:01AM