The introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has presented a wide range of new safety, economic, operational, regulatory, community, environmental, and infrastructure challenges to airports and the National Airspace System. These risks are further complicated by the dynamic and shifting nature of UAS technologies.
The Airport Cooperative Research Program's ACRP Research Report 212: Airports and Unmanned Aircraft Systems provides guidance for airports on UAS in the areas of managing UAS operations in the vicinity of an airport and engaging stakeholders (Volume 1), incorporating UAS into airport infrastructure and planning (Volume 2), and potential use of UAS by airport operators (Volume 3).
Volume 2: Incorporating UAS into Airport Infrastructure— Planning Guidebook provides suggested planning, operational, and infrastructure guidance to safely integrate existing and anticipated UAS operations into an airport environment. This guidebook is particularly applicable to smaller airports (non-hub and general aviation) without capacity issues. The planning approach could help these airports prepare for and attract UAS operations for additional revenue in the near term.
Volume 1: Managing and Engaging Stakeholders on UAS in the Vicinity of Airports provides guidance for airport operators and managers to interact with UAS operations in the vicinity of airports.
Volume 3: Potential Use of UAS by Airport Operators provides airports with resources to appropriately integrate UAS missions as part of their standard operations.
Supplemental resources to ACRP Research Report 212 are provided inACRP Web-Only Document 42: Toolkits and Resource Library for Airports and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 - Introduction||1-2|
|Chapter 2 - UAS Terminology and Classifications||3-4|
|Chapter 3 - Current Conditions||5-13|
|Chapter 4 - Airport Opportunities, Issues, and Challenges||14-16|
|Chapter 5 - Airport Infrastructure Planning for UAS||17-55|
|Chapter 6 - Anticipated Future Conditions||56-68|
|Appendix A - PDT Airport Master Plan||77-82|
|Appendix B - General Airport Issues and Challenges with UAS||83-100|
|Appendix C - UAS Forecast Process||101-106|
|Appendix D - UAS and Airport Operational Guidance||107-110|
|Appendix E - How to Tools||111-116|
|Appendix F - Case Studies||117-118|
|Appendix G - Other Resources||119-126|
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