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Airport Cooperative Research Program

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an applied research program that develops near-term solutions to problems facing airport-operating agencies that are not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The research is conducted by contractors who are selected on the basis of competitive proposals.

Research contractors for ACRP succinctly summarize their findings in language that is understandable to airport industry practitioners. Results are presented in published reports and online, digital documents. Presently, there are over 80 ACRP publications.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. NASAO partners with the Transportation Research Board to further its own objective to provide educational material to aviation professionals.

The ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) is an independent governing board appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in October 2005, with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholder, and relevant industry organizations. NASAO is a founding member of the AOC and oversees the program’s activity as a member of the board of directors.

For more information visit the ACRP website or click on the links below.


TRB’s ACRP Publication Feed
  • Development of Small Specimen Geometry for Asphalt Mixture Performance Testing

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released Final Report 181: Development of Small Specimen Geometry for Asphalt Mixture Performance Testing. The use of small specimen geometries in Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) offer a means to measure as-built pavement layers and may improve the efficiency of laboratory specimen fabrication, by allowing the extraction of multiple test specimens per gyratory-compacted sample. This...
  • Developing a Method Selection Tool for Travel Forecasting

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 234: Developing a Method Selection Tool for Travel Forecasting documents research undertaken to provide guidance on travel forecasting methods to agencies with diverse planning needs. This project sought to produce applicable methods by evaluating agencies’ planning programs, desired performance metrics, requirements, and constraints, and this report documents the research and methods behind the final project and software tool....
  • Method Selection for Travel Forecasting

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 852: Method Selection for Travel Forecasting presents guidelines for travel-forecasting practitioners to assess the suitability and limitations of their travel-forecasting methods and techniques to address specific policy and planning questions. The report also provides practitioners with the ability to scope model development or improvements so as to attain the desired policy sensitivity within constraints such as institutional,...
  • Pavements: Volume 3

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2641 consists of 19 papers that explore pavements, including: Nondestructive In Situ Characterization of Elastic Moduli of Full-Depth Reclamation Base Mixtures Implementation of the Thin Bonded Concrete Overlay of Existing Asphalt Pavement Design Procedure in the AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design Software Evaluation of Moduli and Structural Coefficients of South Carolina’s Asphalt Base Mixtures Dynamic Backcalculation of ...
  • Access Management Two-Volume Set - USB Edition

    TRB has released  Access Management Manual and Applications Guidelines USB Edition  that provides the complete text of both the Access Management Manual, Second Edition (AMM2) and the Access Management Application Guidelines (AMAG). Links between the volumes enable you to directly connect the access management concepts discussed in the AMM2 with the strategies for implementing those concepts provided in the AMAG. The USB also includes the self-calculating spreadsheet tools that demonstrates som...

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