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A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 224 2020 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation Understanding Impacts to Airports From Temporary Flight Restrictions Herbert Hackney Charles Murphy Christina Bittle Metron AviAtion, inc. Herndon, VA Craig Seymour rKG, inc. Boston, MA
AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and interna- tional commerce. They are where the nationâs aviation system connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Airport Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study spon- sored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agen- cies and not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is modeled after the successful National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activi- ties in various airport subject areas, including design, construction, legal, maintenance, operations, safety, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can cooperatively address common operational problems. ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100â Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The primary participants in the ACRP are (1) an independent governing board, the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC), appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholders, and relevant industry organizations such as the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Associa- tion of Airport Executives (AAAE), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Airlines for America (A4A), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) as vital links to the airport community; (2) TRB as program manager and secretariat for the governing board; and (3) the FAA as program sponsor. In October 2005, the FAA executed a contract with the National Academy of Sciences formally initiating the program. ACRP benefits from the cooperation and participation of airport professionals, air carriers, shippers, state and local government officials, equipment and service suppliers, other airport users, and research organi- zations. Each of these participants has different interests and responsibili- ties, and each is an integral part of this cooperative research effort. Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the responsibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. Once selected, each ACRP project is assigned to an expert panel appointed by TRB. Panels include experienced practitioners and research specialists; heavy emphasis is placed on including airport professionals, the intended users of the research products. The panels prepare project statements (requests for proposals), select contractors, and provide technical guidance and counsel throughout the life of the project. The process for developing research problem statements and selecting research agencies has been used by TRB in managing coop- erative research programs since 1962. As in other TRB activities, ACRP project panels serve voluntarily without compensation. Primary emphasis is placed on disseminating ACRP results to the intended users of the research: airport operating agencies, service pro- viders, and academic institutions. ACRP produces a series of research reports for use by airport operators, local agencies, the FAA, and other interested parties; industry associations may arrange for workshops, training aids, field visits, webinars, and other activities to ensure that results are implemented by airport industry practitioners. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 224 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Brittany Summerlin-Azeez, Program Coordinator Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Margaret B. Hagood, Senior Editor ACRP PROJECT 02-86 PANEL Field of Environment Ann B. Richart, Nebraska DOT, Lincoln, NE (Chair) David Ballard, Jenkintown, PA Kevin R. Carlson, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN Sarah Katherine Eleam, Croy Engineering, Greenville, SC Carl Mikeman, Skyline Aviation, EL Cajon, CA Andrew Y. Ndolo, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington, DC Rebecca Didio, FAA Liaison Christine L. Gerencher, TRB Liaison
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) are put in place to provide for the security of VIP movements, special events, or by the Department of Defense to protect the airspace or the ground. It has been difficult to quantify the impacts on airports and their businesses affected by TFRs. ACRP Research Report 224: Understanding Impacts to Airports From Temporary Flight Restrictions discusses the types of TFRs and when they are used. The Impact Estimation Tool can help airports and airport tenants estimate and quantify the economic impacts from TFRs. TFRs are used for a number of different reasons: president and vice president travel, other VIP travel, military operations, and special events such as the Super Bowl. VIP TFRs have a greater impact than any other type of TFRs, and the biggest impact occurs at general aviation (GA) airports. The biggest impacts are from long-duration, frequently recur- ring TFRs. There are processes in place with the Transportation Security Administration so that private aircraft can traverse a TFR, but this must be planned and coordinated in advance. Not all VIP travel is known weeks in advance, which can leave pilots with no options. Businesses on the airport may also be impacted, but the impact had never been quantified. Metron Aviation was selected to identify the financial and other ramifications that are a result of TFRs. Their research included a literature review, interviews, surveys of stake- holders impacted by TFRs, and the collection of TFR data for a 5-year period ending in August 2019. To assist airports with determining the financial impact of a TFR, they developed the TFR Impact Estimation Tool and a video on how to use it. The TFR Impact Estimation Tool is designed for the airport, or any other business on the airport, to deter- mine the financial impact from a TFR. This report and the tool will be useful to airport staff and their stakeholders in anticipating and mitigating the financial impacts from TFRs, and are available at TRBâs website (www.TRB.org) by searching for ACRP Research Report 224. F O R E W O R D By Marci A. Greenberger Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Summary 2 Chapter 1 Introduction 2 1.1 Project Background 3 1.2 Selected Impact Examples 3 1.3 Outline 4 Chapter 2 Facts About Airspace Restrictions 4 2.1 Types of Airspace Restrictions 6 2.2 Historical Occurrence of Airspace Restrictions 12 2.3 Presidential Travel History 12 2.4 Restrictions Near Washington, D.C. 14 2.5 Restrictions Used in Other Countries 16 Chapter 3 Impacts of Airspace Restrictions 16 3.1 Qualitative and Quantitative Impacts 17 3.2 Economic Impact Modeling 20 3.3 Example Impacts 21 3.4 VIP TFRs 26 3.5 Other TFR Types 36 3.6 FAA Grant Assurances 39 Chapter 4 Models to Assess Quantitative and Qualitative Impacts of TFRs 39 4.1 Impact of Restrictions on Flight Counts 46 4.2 Method for Estimating Impact of Airspace Restrictions 46 4.3 Electronic Tool for Estimating TFR Impact 47 4.4 Model Inputs 48 4.5 Model Outputs 50 Chapter 5 Mitigating the Impact of TFRs 50 5.1 Short-Term Mitigations 50 5.2 Longer-Term Mitigations 53 References and Bibliography 56 Appendix A Presidential Domestic Trips in 2016 and 2018 62 Appendix B Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms, and Symbols 65 Appendix C Airport Codes C O N T E N T S