Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"General Aviation Airport Security Policy Research"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Airport Security and Audit
Project Description:
General Aviation (GA) airport system's security is getting more attention regarding its current mandatory security measures. Many had argued that the CFR 1500s security laws regulating GA airports are less than adequate (LTA). In 2009-2010, a study from Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology has revealed that some security deficiencies did exist which could damage airport system substantially if we do not elevate security measures. The previous report in 2010 has been cited nation-wide in various leading newspapers such as USA Today. This follow-up study aims to continue the efforts and review security features currently installed at important collegiate General Aviation airports such as Purdue University Airport, Ohio State University Airport, Oklahoma State University Airport, as well as many FAA FAR 141 Class IV airports.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with the supervisory professor to conduct: 1) regulation reviews, 2) identification of security measures, threats and problems, and 3) survey on selected airports. A final report for government's references will be ready.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.0+ Interested in airport security good communication and writing skills
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Lu, Chien-tsung
aviation technology

Student Supervisor

Chien-tsung Lu
Associate professor

Cooperating Faculty

Si Luo
Computer Science