Aviation R&D and Technology Deployment

Airplane amid airport construction

ACRP 04-08: Improved Models for Risk Assessment of Runway Safety Areas

ARA led the research to improve and validate models and to develop software for analyzing runway safety areas (RSAs). more

Airplane soaring above the clouds

ACRP 04-05: A Guidebook for Airport Safety Management Systems

ARA led the development of the guidebook for implementing airport safety management systems in the United States. more

Air traffic controller at control panel

FAA Human Factors Laboratory Technical Support

ARA provides technical support to the FAA Human Factors Laboratory for system and facility design, development, and human-machine interface... more

Airport Pavement Test Vehicle (APTV)

FAA Airport Technology R&D Technical Support

ARA supports the FAA’s Airport Technology R&D Branch and its work to enhance the safety and performance of our nation’s airports. more

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  • Airplane soaring above the clouds
  • Air traffic controller at control panel
  • Airport Pavement Test Vehicle (APTV)

With over 3 decades of serving the airport and aviation communities, ARA is well versed in helping aviation agencies to conduct critical R&D and deploy innovative technologies. ARA understands today’s aviation infrastructure challenges and is able to develop and deploy innovative, cost-effective, and practical solutions that enhance the performance and safety of airports and aviation systems.

ARA’s early work in aviation/airport R&D focused on airfield pavements and included the development and deployment of the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) procedures that are still used today by most airports to assess airfield pavement conditions. Since that time, ARA has continued to advance airfield pavement engineering technologies and practices, and we have greatly expanded our breadth of impact to include airport safety management systems (SMS), runway safety, asset management, interactive training technologies, human factors, aircraft performance, and unmanned air systems (UAS). We employ a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that combines subject matter expertise with proven communication technologies to deliver and deploy excellence.

Airplane amid airport construction

ACRP 04-08: Improved Models for Risk Assessment of Runway Safety Areas

ARA led the research to improve and validate models and to develop software for analyzing runway safety areas (RSAs). more

Airplane soaring above the clouds

ACRP 04-05: A Guidebook for Airport Safety Management Systems

ARA led the development of the guidebook for implementing airport safety management systems in the United States. more

Air traffic controller at control panel

FAA Human Factors Laboratory Technical Support

ARA provides technical support to the FAA Human Factors Laboratory for system and facility design, development, and human-machine interface... more

Airport Pavement Test Vehicle (APTV)

FAA Airport Technology R&D Technical Support

ARA supports the FAA’s Airport Technology R&D Branch and its work to enhance the safety and performance of our nation’s airports. more