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State Aviation Officials Selected for Airport Cooperative Research Program Panel

ACRP Project 01-37, Performance Measures for State Aviation Agencies, had their kick-off panel meeting on November 20, 2017.  Three state aviation officials were named to the panel including PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation Director, Anthony J. McCloskey, P.E. “In everything we do as a public servant, we must be held accountable for all decisions made using the tax payer’s money,” said McCloskey. “Our actions must be transparent too. This guide will provide each state agency a toolbox that could be used to demonstrate their value to elected officials, regulators, and stakeholders.”

Other representatives of states on the panel include Tommy Booth (Mississippi) and Christy Yaffa (Wyoming). The Chair for the panel is Regan Schnug, Project Manager for Kimley-Horn (A NASAO Business Partner). The Request for Proposal was posted on December 4, 2017 and closes January 16, 2018. The entire project will take approximately 15 months resulting in a publication.

The Transportation Research Board is an agency of the National Research Council and, through its Cooperative Research Program’s Divisions, administers the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other national aviation related industries.

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), which began in 2006, is an industry-driven applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. The program is sponsored by the FAA. Research topics are selected by an independent governing board appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation that includes individuals from airports, universities, FAA and the aviation industry.

Research ideas are collected using a new and improved tool called IdeaHub : https://ideahub.trb.org. Once research ideas are collected, they are formulated to a problem statement and given to an ACRP Oversight Committee for possible project selection. If the project is selected, a panel is created with about six persons who have relevant experience or knowledge of the topic.

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