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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
  • A Review of the Department of Transportation Plan for Analyzing and Testing Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes

    TRB's Committee on the Review of Department of Transportation (DOT) Testing of Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) Brakes has prepared a letter report reviewing DOT’s plan to evaluate the emergency performance of ECP brakes with other braking systems. Congress directed DOT to reconsider the ECP braking requirement for certain trains carrying high-hazard flammable liquids. The report recommends improvements to ensure that DOT's plan will lead to objective, accurate, and reliable tests of key assumpt...
  • Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2601 consists of 16 papers that explore safety data analysis and evaluation, including: Comprehensive Injury Severity Analysis of SUV and Pickup Truck Rollover Crashes: Alabama Case Study Investigating the Speed and Rear-End Collision Relationship at Urban Signalized Intersections Investigating the Heterogeneity of Postencroachment Time Thresholds Determined by Peak over Threshold Approach Cohort-Based Analysis Struct...
  • Bicycles and Motorcycles

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2587 consists of 17 papers that explore issues related to bicycles and motorcyles, including: Learning from Insurance Data: Injuries to Other Road Users in Motorcyclist At-Fault Crashes Modeling the Speed, Acceleration, and Deceleration of Bicyclists for Microscopic Traffic Simulation Revealed Bicyclist Route Preferences and Street Conditions Bicycle Education for Children: Evaluation of a Program in Montreal, Quebec,...
  • Impacts on Practice: ACRP and Higher Education: Building the Next Generation of Airport Professionals

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores how educators have incorporated ACRP tools and reports into their curriculum. Professors and students at Kansas State Polytechnic (KSP) University in Salina, Kansas use ACRP reports to provide foundational knowledge about the airport industry, and students find the reports practical resources as they transition from students to professionals.
  • Primer on Patentability and Use of Ideas Developed by Contractors Performing Work for State and Federal Transportation and Local Planning Agencies

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Legal Research Digest 73: Primer on Patentability and Use of Ideas Developed by Contractors Performing Work for State and Federal Transportation and Local Planning Agencies summarizes federal and state patent laws and then reviews the similarities and differences between the two. It also discusses and distinguishes patentability issues concerning inventions by contractors for federal contracts, federally funded state and local government contrac...

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