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Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations (2018)

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Suggested Citation:"Section 2 - Why Was the Guidebook Written?." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25123.
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5 ACRP Legal Research Digest 21 includes the full text of FAA/U.S. DOT administrative decisions and advisory opinions through December 2012. 4.1 The Research Process The research conducted for this Guidebook was performed through ACRP. ACRP was devel- oped to address issues of direct concern to airport management and other groups with interest in the National Airspace System (NAS). The results of ACRP research efforts are intended to have practical application in the day-to-day operations and management of airports within NAS. The research involved four major elements: 1. Interviews with FAA and state block grant staff. Interviews were conducted with staff from the FAA Airport Compliance Division in the FAA headquarters, current and former compli- ance specialists from three FAA regions, and three FAA airport district offices. Interviews were also conducted with officials from four states participating in FAA’s State Block Grant Program. Under the State Block Grant Program, state aviation agencies are responsible for administer- ing AIP grants for general aviation (GA) airports and airports with low levels of scheduled airline services, including administering the AIP grant assurances. 2. Stakeholder outreach with airports and airport users. Three focus groups were conducted at industry conferences held by AAAE or ACI-NA. A webinar was conducted with one ACI-NA committee, and a survey was conducted with one AAAE committee. Participants included representatives of all categories of airports, from large hub airports, as defined by FAA, to GA airports. A focus group was conducted with staff and members of three airport-user associations. 3. Review of resource and reference materials. Resource materials identified in the ACRP work scope and identified in Elements 1 and 2 above were reviewed and catalogued. The materials that are currently available through the Internet are summarized in Appendix F in ACRP Web- Only Document 44, Volume 2. Substantial effort was devoted to reviewing individual admin- istrative determinations and legal and advisory opinions and memos compiled in ACRP Legal Research Digest 21: Compilation of Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012; judicial decisions relating to grant assurance compliance, compiled in ACRP Legal Research Digest 13: An Index and Digest of Decisions: Compilation of Airport Law Resources; and FAA administrative decisions issued from January 1, 2013, through February 24, 2016, included in FAA’s Part 16 database. Part 16 refers to 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16, which is the regulation governing procedures for investigations and reviews of complaints, regarding compliance with grant assurance requirements. 4. Technical review of grant assurance summaries. Following completion of draft versions of the contents of Chapters 1 and 2 of the Guidebook, the drafts were sent for technical review to FAA offices and state block grant offices that participated in the interview process of Step 1. Copies were also provided to the ACI-NA Legal Committee Steering Group for technical review. S e c t i o n 4 How Was the Guidebook Developed?

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 184: Executive Summary for the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations is the executive summary of the Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance Obligations (published as ACRP Web-Only Document 44, Volume 1) and explains each of the 39 grant assurances. This summary includes a matrix that outlines major aspects of the program such as duration and applicability, and it provides a list of related assurances. The matrix is included in ACRP Web-Only Document 44, Volume 1, where it includes links to specific sections of the Guidebook that discuss each grant assurance in more detail. The detailed discussions, which include lists of required practices, prohibited practices, permitted practices, and exceptions, are available in additional volumes of ACRP Web-Only Document 44:

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