Aviation officials elected to program’s panel

Performance Measures for State Aviation Agencies, an Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) project, recently held its first meeting and elected aviation officials to its panel.

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The elected officials are Tommy Booth, Anthony J. McCloskey, and Christy Yaffa. Regan Schnug was named chairman.

“In everything we do as a public servant, we must be held accountable for all decisions made using the taxpayers’ money,” McCloskey, Pennsylvania Department of Transporation’s Bureau of Aviation director, said. “Our actions must be transparent too. This guide will provide each state agency a toolbox that could be used to demonstrate their value to elected officials, regulators, and stakeholders.”

The project is expected to run 15 months.

ACRP is administered by the Transportation Research Board, an agency of the National Research Council, through its Cooperative Research Program’s Divisions. ACRP is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other national aviation-related industries.

ACRP was founded in 2006. It is an industry-driven applied-research program with the goal of developing practical solutions to the problems airport operators experience.

An independent governing board appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation selects research topics. The board includes individuals from the FAA, the aviation industry airports, and universities.

A six-person panel is formed whenever the board approves a project.