The National Academies

ACRP 11-02/Task 36 [Final]

Research Roadmap on Safety Issues

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Research Agency: Futron Aviation
Principal Investigator: Ken Neubauer
Effective Date: 5/1/2019
Completion Date: 4/30/2020

As an industry-driven research program, ACRP relies on a flow of quality research ideas. Traditionally, ACRP primarily has used a bottom-up approach for these ideas, expressed as formal problem statements. ACRP’s Oversight Committee has adopted a strategic plan that prioritizes and ensures “that problem statements are of the highest quality and greatest relevance to the airport industry.” As a key step to achieving this strategic priority, ACRP is developing a series of research roadmaps in several topic areas. The goal of these research roadmaps is to identify gaps in knowledge and practice, uncover opportunities and challenges, and outline and prioritize specific research ideas needed to address these gaps. The roadmaps will also produce research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub, its online collaboration platform for turning ideas into problem statements for potential funding consideration.

Airport safety at airports of all types and sizes can share the same mission or similar missions in their day-to-day policy and long-term planning. These missions include, for example, emergency management training, airport safety management systems, airport terminal incident response planning, and runway protection zone (RPZ) and runway safety areas (RSA) risk assessment tools, among others. Understanding these common missions can be helpful in organizing and understanding where there are knowledge gaps. A research roadmap will further define and prioritize those areas of further research in the area of safety.
The objective of this research was to develop a research roadmap in the area of safety. The roadmap recommends priorities and timing, sets a strategy, and provides a rationale for the recommendations. In addition, the roadmap:
  • Focuses on airport safety to be addressed within the next 5 years;
  • Considers existing roadmaps and research in this and related topics;
  • Considers the needs of airports of all sizes, geographies, levels and types of activity, and resource constraints;
  • Reflects the priorities of a broad group of stakeholders;
  • Prioritizes research with consideration to ACRP’s strategic plan;;
  • Creates administration/human resource research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub for further development into problem statements; and
  • Includes a long-range (i.e., beyond 5 years) research needs assessment that accounts for uncertainty and emerging issues. 
The research plan includes, at a minimum: 
  • A summary of related research;
  • A stakeholder outreach plan to develop and/or vet the roadmap;
  • Criteria to be considered for prioritizing and sequencing research needs; and
  • An interim report that describes work done in early tasks. 
STATUS: The research is completed: WOD 50  

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