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ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S07-03 [Active (Synthesis)]

Airfield Apron/Ramp Surface Markings
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 10/22/2019 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Jordan Christensen
Research Agency: Garver, LLC
Principal Investigator: Nathan Polsgrove
Fiscal Year: 2020

Final Scope

 

BACKGROUND

 

Airports operations and planning staffs have relied on local knowledge and industry communications to develop local ramp/apron markings schemes. This creates confusion for pilots, airfield operators, and ramp service providers. The airport industry would benefit from consolidated guidance. The scope of the project is to describe the variation in airport apron and ramp markings used in directing pilots from terminal to and from taxiways.

 

OBJECTIVE & AUDIENCE

 

The objective of this synthesis is to document NPIAS airport ramp and apron marking variation, including but not limited to, aircraft parking (hardstand or gate), taxilanes, and airside roadway system areas. The audience for this synthesis report is airport industry personnel responsible for airside operations, safety, or planning and design.

 

 

INFORMATION TO BE GATHERED

 

Tasks and resulting information to describe in a concise report:

·       Review and document pertinent literature, including FAA Advisory Circulars and other industry documentation, guidance, and recommended practices;

·       Compare airport ramp and apron marking practices with the current Advisory Circular;

·       Collect data from airports regarding challenges and opportunities relating to variations in U.S. apron/ramp configurations;

·       Survey of at least 5 airports each of large hub, medium hub, small/non-hub, and general aviation US airports (geographically and NPIAS category distributed) and US airlines;

·       Selected follow up to document diverse case examples highlighting variation in practices not contained in ACRP Research Report 96;Document the variety of ramp and apron markings that may appear at airports, including but not limited to airline markings, cargo, eVTOL, helicopter, GSE’s, taxilane, fire lanes and evacuation routes, and fuel pit;

·       Document additional (to ACRP Research Report 96) case examples;

·       Recommend further research to close gaps in knowledge.

 

Partial Information Sources

 

FAA Advisory Circular 150/5340-1M, Standards for Airport Markings (5/10/2019, cancels version 1L, 9/27/2013)

https://www.faa.gov/airports/resources/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.current/documentnumber/150_5340-1

 

FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13, Airport Design (9/28/2012, updated 7/24/2019)

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/150-5300-13A-chg1-interactive-201907.pdf

 

ACRP Research Report 96, Airport Planning and Design Guidebook, 2013.

https://www.nap.edu/download/22460

 

Apron Markings and Signs Handbook – Third Edition, ACI World, 2017

 

Topic Panel

Scott Ayers, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation

David Decoteau, King County

Raymond Herron, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Gaël Le Bris, WSP USA

Serena Sheetz, San Francisco International Airport

Jordan Stringfellow, Volkert, Inc.

Christopher Oswald, ACI-NA

Mike Rottinghaus, FAA

 

Consultant

Nathan Polsgrove, Garver, LLC

nrpolsgrove@garverusa.com

210-542-6451

 

TRB Staff

Jordan Christensen

jchristensen@nas.edu

 

Demisha Williams

dewilliams@nas.edu

 

Activities

 

First Panel Meeting: 12/6/2021, via Zoom
Teleconference: 1/18/2022 1PM EDT via Zoom
Workplan Delivered: 2/1/2022 
Comments Due (Email): 2/8/2022
Draft Report Delivered: 6/9/2022
Second Panel Meeting: 6/28/2022, (in-person)

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