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Legal Aspects of Airport Programs - An Update (2017)

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Suggested Citation:"Research Process ." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Legal Aspects of Airport Programs - An Update. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24979.
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration January 2018 Responsible Senior Program Officer: Marci A. Greenberger survey conducted by Airports Council International–North America concluded that city ownership accounts for 38 percent, followed by regional airports at 25 per- cent, single county at 17 percent, and multi- jurisdictional at 9 percent. Primary legal services to these airports are, in most cases, provided by municipal, county, and state attorneys. Reports and summaries produced by the ACRP continuing legal studies projects and published as ACRP Legal Research Digests are developed to assist attorneys seeking to address the legal problems encountered during airport development and operations. Such substantive areas as eminent domain, environmental concerns, leasing, contracting, security, insurance, civil rights, and tort liability present cutting- edge legal issues for which research is needed. Airport legal research, when con- ducted through the TRB’s legal studies process, is focused on either collecting primary data that usually are not available elsewhere or analyzing existing literature. RESEARCH PROCESS A panel of eight airport industry attor- neys provides project oversight by selecting topics and providing technical guidance on each digest written by selected contractors. BACKGROUND Prior to the library of Legal Research Digests published by the Transportation Research Board, there was not a central- ized collection of information that could be consulted by attorneys involved in airport- related work. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) established a continuing project, ACRP Project 11-01, “Legal Aspects of Airport Programs,” to provide a means to assemble, study, and evaluate the myriad of legal problems en- countered by the nation’s airports. Modeled after the continuing legal studies projects in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and the Tran- sit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), ACRP Project 11-01 provides similar legal research on topics of specific interest to the airport community. Reports and summa- ries produced under ACRP Project 11-01 are published in ACRP’s Legal Research Digest series and available on the website: This Research Results Digest summarizes the products of the initial 11 years of ACRP Project 11-01. INTRODUCTION There are more than 4,000 airports in the country, and most of these air- ports are owned by governments. A 2003 LEGAL ASPECTS OF AIRPORT PROGRAMS—AN UPDATE This is a staff digest of the background and status of Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Project 11-01, “Legal Aspects of Airport Programs,” for which the Transportation Research Board is the agency coordinating the research. This digest updates Research Results Digest 16. Individual studies for the project are managed by Marci A. Greenberger, Senior Program Officer. Research Results Digest 27

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TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 27: Legal Aspects of Airport Programs - An Update is a digest of the background and status of ACRP Project 11-01, Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. During the first 11 years of ACRP Project 11-01, there have been almost 50 topics selected for legal research in broad areas of interest to the airport legal community. Thirty-three ACRP Legal Research Digests have been published to date and are available through the TRB website.

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