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6 Airports and the Newest Generation of General Aviation Aircraft 1.3 Purpose Key Questions For airports already accommodating a significant Can my airport accommodate VLJs and level of GA activity by business jets, the introduction of other new generation aircraft? new generation models may not significantly affect the Can my airport provide services needed by need for improved or upgraded facilities. For facilities air taxi operators? in this category, actions are likely to focus more on the What is involved in obtaining an instru- level of customer service. But for those airport opera- ment approach procedure? tors with limited or no actual experience in accommo- What other airfield and landside factors dating VLJs and other new generation GA aircraft, do I need to consider? more basic issues must be addressed. How can I encourage VLJ and other new ACRP Project 10-04, "Airports and the Newest Gene- generation aircraft activity at my airport? ration of General Aviation Aircraft," strives to address What can I realistically expect in terms of these and other related questions through the prepara- increased activity? tion of 5- and 10-year activity forecasts and publication What funding options are available to of this guidebook to help airport operators and com- help develop my airport in order to munity leaders. This is a quickly evolving and ever- attract VLJs? changing industry. These new generation aircraft will continue to evolve; some of the VLJs and other aircraft described in Chapter 2 are still in development. The long-term answer to how successful these aircraft will be will depend on many technological, eco- nomic, and business factors that will play out over many years. 1.4 Use of Guidebook This guidebook is a tool to · Enable airport operators and community leaders to better understand the aircraft fleet within the new generation of GA aircraft, · Summarize the ACRP forecast of the VLJ fleet and potential new operations, · Evaluate an airport's attractiveness for VLJs and other new generation aircraft, and · Identify measures that may increase an airport operator's ability to accommodate these aircraft. The rest of this guidebook consists of six chapters, a glossary, and an appendix. Each is described below: · Chapter 2 describes the aircraft considered during this study. Some of the aircraft are in pro- duction; many are still in development. There is also a discussion of how these new aircraft compare with other existing aircraft designs. · Chapter 3: provides guidance on questions to ask and where to get information when assessing the potential for new generation aircraft activity at an airport. This chapter also summarizes (1) the fleet forecasts prepared in ACRP 10-04 for new generation aircraft and (2) the opera- tional activity associated with projected growth in the commercial air taxi fleet, with potential new operations distributed to candidate airports. Chapter 3 is designed to help airport opera- tors to undertake their own analysis of market potential for their airports and make use of the ACRP forecast information. A Helpful References and Resources section is included at the end of Chapter 3 to identify additional resources an airport operator may wish to consult. · Chapter 4 discusses the Airport Evaluation Tool. This self-evaluation tool is intended to identify those airport facilities and services that are ready to serve new generation GA air- craft, and those areas in which additional investment may be needed to accommodate or better accommodate these aircraft.
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Introduction 7 · Chapter 5 provides extensive guidance on airport facilities and services needed to serve new gen- eration GA aircraft and users. This chapter focuses on five topics: airfield, instrument approach, ground access, ground handling services, and landside development. Although readers of this guidebook are encouraged to read all the contents, to increase efficiency of use, the results of the Airport Evaluation Tool in Chapter 4 are used to direct readers to appropriate sections of Chapter 5. A Helpful References and Resources section is included at the end of Chapter 5 to identify additional resources an airport operator may wish to consult. · Chapter 6 provides guidance to help airport operators with community outreach, including information on reaching the target audience, preparing the message, selecting media to use, and the timing of communications. A Helpful References and Resources section is included at the end of Chapter 6 to identify additional resources an airport operator may wish to consult. · Chapter 7 discusses funding options for facility improvements and service improvements. A Helpful References and Resources section is included at the end of Chapter 7 to identify addi- tional resources an airport operator may wish to consult. · The Glossary and List of Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms lists terms used in this doc- ument, many of which are unique to aviation. · Appendix A provides information on projected air taxi operations