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Thought Leader Forum Summary—Emerging Issues for ACRP (2019)

Chapter: 3. Thought Leader Forum

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Suggested Citation:"3. Thought Leader Forum." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Thought Leader Forum Summary—Emerging Issues for ACRP. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25441.
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4 In response to this question, 25 new or emerging topics or issues were generated by survey respon- dents. Table 2 provides an overview of the new or emerging issues or topics and the top 12 topical cat- egories they complement, if applicable. Some of the new or emerging issues generated by responses to the open-ended survey question could be subset topics within the top 12 specific topi- cal categories selected by the survey participants. A majority of the new or emerging issues spoke to evolving technologies and communication at airports via social media. One stated a concern for outdated regulations that are not keeping pace with techno- logical developments. In addition, competition from high-speed rail, regional multimodal connectivity, spacecraft operations, workforce issues, and climate change were generated as additional relevant issues for the airport industry. Last, airport policy and the interface between federal, state, and local policy were discussed. The results of the pre-Forum survey were presented at the Thought Leader Forum. 3. THOUGHT LEADER FORUM The Forum was held on January 30, 2018. The agenda for the Forum is shown in Table 3. As outlined in Table 3, following a presentation of the survey results, a brainstorming session with the entire group of participants was facilitated to generate a comprehensive list of emerging issues. After the comprehensive list was generated, the topics were grouped into like categories of topics that airports need to be prepared to address. The complete list of topics discussed, in alphabetical order were: • Air Service, • ATC Privatization, Table 2 New or emerging issues from pre-Forum online survey. New or Emerging Issues Complementary Topical Category Social media and controlling information Passenger Experience and Customer Service Autonomous/connected vehicles and aircraft (impact to facilities, operations, and revenue) Financial and Infrastructure Funding, Revenue Generation, UAS and Drones, Security and Anti- Terrorism, TNCs, Safety and SMS Autonomous airport/communities/transportation UAS and Drones Multimodal/regional connectivity NA Future competition from high-speed rail NA Spacecraft operations NA Emerging technology and potential impacts on revenue [remote air traffic control (ATCs), UAS, wayfinding apps, building information modeling (BIM), etc.] Financial and Infrastructure Funding, Revenue Generation, UAS and Drones, Security and Anti-Terrorism, Safety and SMS Impact of new technology on airport jobs Workforce Development Lack of career pathways Workforce Development Climate change Sustainability, Resiliency Biometrics and automated security systems Security and Anti-Terrorism, Safety and SMS Interface between federal, state, and local policy NA Dated regulations not up to date with technology NA Table 3 Agenda for Thought Leaders. Time Activity 8:45 a.m. Convene Forum 8:50 a.m. Opening Remarks/Introductions 9:00 a.m. Emerging Issues Brainstorming Session 11:30 a.m. Priority Issue Voting 11:45 a.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. Top 7 Topics Roundtable Discussions 2:30 p.m. Forum Participant Reporting and Feedback

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TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 28: Thought Leader Forum Summary—Emerging Issues for ACRP summarizes a January 30, 2019, forum to identify the most important issues facing the airport industry within the next 5 to 10 years.

The goal of this exercise was to engage the ACRP’s Airport Operations Committee (AOC) directly with other thought leaders in the industry to identify and define high-level emerging critical issues that impact, or will soon impact, the airport industry.

The digest describes the results of a pre-Forum survey designed to help shape the Forum discussion, summarizes the results of the forum itself, and explores potential next steps.

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