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Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities (2017)

Chapter: Chapter 4 - Implementation

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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 4 - Implementation." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24668.
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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 4 - Implementation." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Guidebook for Developing Ramp Control Facilities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24668.
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A-1 Questions Associated with Steps 1–3 Step 1—Define the Ramp-Related Problem The questions listed in Table A-1 are the preliminary questions used by the airport operators and interested stakeholders to identify ramp-related operational challenges that exist at the air- port and whether potential solutions indicate ramp control as an alternative. A p p e n d i x A Topic Questions Response GENERAL QUESTIONS 1. What ramp-related operational challenge(s) or constraints are occurring or are projected to occur at the airport? Consideration topics include: Efficiency. Safety. Construction. Administrative. 2. What are the potential solutions to mitigate the operational challenges or constraints? 3. Are suggested ramp-related actions in alignment with executive-level policies? 4. Do the ramp-related operational challenges or constraints require action on the part of the airport operator or airport community? CONSIDERATION TOPIC: EFFICIENCY 5. What is impacting the airport’s efficiency? Gate adjacency Ramp congestion Holding pads in the ramp area Demand/capacity imbalance Terminal complexity See the next questions for more follow-on questions related to each of these. Table A-1. Step 1—define ramp-related problem. (continued on next page)

A-2 Guidebook for developing Ramp Control Facilities Table A-1. (Continued). 9. If demand/capacity imbalance is an efficiency concern, does the imbalance result in arrival or departure delays? Yes, resulting in the need for gate hold procedures to be applied Yes, but does not result in the need for gate hold procedures No, the demand/capacity imbalance does not typically result in arrival or departure delays 10. Is a departure metering capability in use or being considered? Yes, a departure metering capability is in use or planned for the future No, a departure metering capability is not needed 11. If terminal complexity is an efficiency concern, how are the terminals and gates aligned? Two or more terminals with multiple concourses sharing the same access routes Single terminal with two or more concourses sharing the same access routes Single or multiple terminals with linear gate alignment Other: ___________ CONSIDERATION TOPIC: SAFETY 12. What is causing your safety concerns? Accident(s) on the ramp that resulted in damage to aircraft or injury to personnel Incident(s) on the ramp that could have resulted in damage to an aircraft or injury to personnel Accident(s) or incident(s) between aircraft and vehicles or injury to personnel Topic Questions Response 6. If your airport has an efficiency concern due to gate adjacency, how would you characterize it? Primarily affecting a single dominant air carrier Affects multiple flight operators including a single dominant air carrier Other: _____ 7. If your airport has an efficiency concern due to ramp congestion, how would you characterize it? One or more ramp areas affecting a single dominant air carrier One or more ramp areas affecting multiple air carriers including a dominant air carrier One or more ramp areas affecting multiple air carriers that do not include the dominant air carrier or no dominant air carrier is present Other: _____ 8. If holding pads in the ramp area are an efficiency concern, which stakeholder controls access to the holding pads located in the ramp area? Airport operator Air carrier FAA Other: _____

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