As the national air transportation system expands, so does the need for trained airport and aviation professionals. In recent years, the industry has made significant advancements in operations, engineering and design, safety, security, and technology implementation. However, recruiting talent that has been educated in these areas has become a challenge for the thousands of commercial service and general aviation airports around the world. A recent International Air Transport Association survey of aviation human resources professionals revealed that only 28% believe current training is very effective. This new research project will develop published guidance to airports and the academic community for creating and enhancing curricula that best meets the current and future needs of the industry.




This study is made possible by a grant from the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.  The Transportation Research Board is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. ACRP has produced more than 400 practical resources and tools for airport practitioners and makes them available for free.


The objective of ACRP 06-07 is to produce a comprehensive resource guide, applicable to both academic institutions and industry, to assist academia in developing and enhancing academic programs to better prepare graduates for careers as airport industry professionals. To this end, research will be conducted to gain a greater understanding of industry workforce needs and associated academic programs that support the airport community.


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