Accipiter Avian Radar at JFK International
Jim With Radar
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Inside Avian Radar Trailer
FOD Testing Grid
FOD Testing with Clipboard
FOD Walk at Changi International Airport
Trex FOD Finder at Chicago O'hare
Chicago O'Hare international Airport
Avian Radar Testing at Skagit Wildlife Reserve
Stratech iFerret FOD Detection System
FOD Testing at dusk at O'Hare
  •      The Airport Safety Management Program (ASMP) is one of the focus research areas of the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT) at the University of Illinois. In 1999 the FAA's Center of Excellence Office approached the University of Illinois' Center of Excellence (known then as the Center of Excellence for Airport Pavement Research) with a request to provide assistance in addressing wildlife issues at airports. Avoiding collisions between birds and aircraft was the focus of wildlife management and birdstrike hazard warning systems that were in early stages of development at that time. That assistance was provided in the first projects in what is now the ASMP. In 2001, the University of Illinois COE changed its name to the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT) to include its broader areas of research topics, such as wildlife management.


         Since that initial request for assistance in 1999, CEAT has contributed to the advancement of airport safety research and applications. Major program thrusts have included hazard and risk assessments, development of wildlife hazard management systems based on the geographic information sciences, and most recently, performance assessments of new safety technologies.


         These performance assessments are science-based and are conducted in airport environments. The performance assessments are proving the utility of new technologies in airport settings, providing new concepts of operation (CONOPS) for airport safety management, and meeting rigorous safety criteria developed in airport safety management systems.


         This web page provides access to information on all of the current activities in the ASMP and also provides a summary of past accomplishments. Please click on items in the heading bar for general information about that topic area, or click on the drop down items for specific information. Other information is available by using the active links on this page.