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Airport Operations Training at Small Airports A Synthesis of Airport Practice C. Daniel Prather DPrather aviation SolutionS, llC, anD California BaPtiSt univerSity Riverside, CA 2020 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Administration and Management â¢ Education and Training 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 SYNTHESIS 112
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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 AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I thank the representatives of the 182 airports that participated in this study. Without your support of this project, it would not have been possible. A big thank you goes to the airport professionals who dedicated additional time on the telephone in support of the 14 case examples developed for this project. Mr. Thomas Ortiz, Senior Associate of DPrather Aviation Solutions, was instrumental in performing literature review and data analysis in support of this synthesis. Now a graduate of California Baptist Uni- versity with a degree in aviation management, Mr. Ortiz successfully juggled a busy course load with the requirements of this project. CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 112 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Tanya M. Zwahlen, Senior Program Officer Stephanie L. Campbell, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Tupelo Regional Airport, Tupelo, MS (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Helena, MT Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport Commission, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Newton, MA Patrick Magnotta, FAA Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Liaison Christine L. Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S10-16 PANEL Scott Ayers, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation, Atlanta, GA Kimberly A. Kenville, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND Harleen Smith, City of HoustonâHouston Airport System, Houston, TX Lauren Tapia, Truckee Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA Ashly âJerryâ Tissera, JTA Consulting LLC, Aston, PA Adam Wolf, Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, OH Dale A. Williams, FAA Liaison Christopher J. Oswald, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Tanya M. Zwahlen Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The objective of ACRP Synthesis 112: Airport Operations Training at Small Airports was to gather information about the existing options for training airport operations personnel, with an emphasis on the training of new hires, the training of entry-level staff, and recurrent training. The audience for this resource is airport operations staff, airport training managers, and airport managers. The synthesis documents current training practices and programs for personnel carrying out the duties outlined in the Airport Certification Manual. The information contained in this synthesis was obtained using three sources. First, a litera- ture review compiled relevant existing research about the topic. Second, the consultant surveyed 182 airports. Finally, the consultant conducted interviews with 14 airports to better understand innovative training methods at select airports for the purpose of developing case examples. The checklists in Appendices H through L are also available as Word files that can be found by searching for âACRP Synthesis 112â at www.TRB.org. Dr. Daniel Prather of DPrather Aviation Solutions collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limita- tions of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation.
1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 4 Overview 5 Differences Between Training and Education 6 Definition of Airport Operations 6 Review of 14 CFR Part 139 Requirements 8 Titles for Airport Operations Personnel 8 Duties and Responsibilities of Airport Operations Personnel 12 Training Delivery Options 14 Chapter 2 Synthesis Methodology 14 Literature Review 14 Recipients and Participants 15 Survey and Interview Methodology 16 Data Analysis 17 Chapter 3 Literature Review 17 Adult Learning Styles 17 Learner Motivation 18 Generational Learning Preferences 18 Initial Training, Recurrent Training, and Professional Development 21 Training Needs Assessment 22 Training Curriculum Design 22 Training Materials 23 Training Manual 24 Training Budgets 25 Training Timelines 26 Benefits and Disadvantages of Training 27 Training Methods 28 Training Records 29 Trainer Qualifications 30 Training Assessment 30 Proof of Training Competency and Completion 31 Chapter 4 Survey Results 31 Introduction 31 Participating Airports 31 Personnel and Budgets 35 Areas of Operations Responsibility 36 Training Methods 38 Training Topics C O N T E N T S
42 Initial Training 42 Recurrent Training 47 Effective Training Strategies 48 Innovative Training Practices 49 Chapter 5 Case Examples 49 Case Example 1: John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Columbus, Ohio 51 Case Example 2: Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Wichita, Kansas 51 Case Example 3: Fort LauderdaleâHollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 52 Case Example 4: GreenvilleâSpartanburg International Airport, Greer, South Carolina 52 Case Example 5: Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, Florida 53 Case Example 6: Crater LakeâKlamath Regional Airport, Klamath Falls, Oregon 54 Case Example 7: DallasâFort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport, Texas 54 Case Example 8: Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, Kansas City, Missouri 55 Case Example 9: Oregon Department of Aviation, Salem, Oregon 56 Case Example 10: BrooksvilleâTampa Bay Regional Airport, Brooksville, Florida 56 Case Example 11: South Bend International Airport, South Bend, Indiana 57 Case Example 12: AspenâPitkin County Airport, Aspen, Colorado 58 Case Example 13: Green BayâAustin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, Wisconsin 58 Case Example 14: Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, Ohio 59 Summary 60 Chapter 6 Conclusions and Future Research 60 Conclusion 1 60 Conclusion 2 60 Conclusion 3 60 Conclusion 4 60 Conclusion 5 61 Conclusion 6 61 Conclusion 7 61 Conclusion 8 61 Conclusion 9 61 Conclusion 10 61 Conclusion 11 61 Conclusion 12 61 Conclusion 13 61 Conclusion 14 62 Conclusion 15 62 Conclusion 16 62 Summary 62 Further Research
63 Appendix A References 65 Appendix B Additional Literature Review 75 Appendix C Learning Styles Inventory 77 Appendix D Training Needs Assessment 78 Appendix E Airport Operations Training Survey 92 Appendix F Interview Protocol 93 Appendix G Verbatim Open-Ended Survey Responses 97 Appendix H Sample Operations Employee Training Checklist 108 Appendix I Sample Operations Employee Training Checklist 112 Appendix J Sample Airport Operations Center Training Checklist 123 Appendix K Sample Badging Training Checklist 127 Appendix L Sample Airport Operations Training Checklist 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.