Part 3. Airport Airspace Analysis
Section 1. Policy
part provides guidelines, procedures, and standards that supplement
those contained in 14 CFR part 157, Notice of Construction, Alteration,
Activation, and Deactivation of Airports.
guidelines, procedures, and standards must be used in determining the
effect construction, alteration, activation, or deactivation of an
airport will have on the safe and efficient use of the navigable
airspace by aircraft.
The authority for
managing the Airports Program is delegated to the regional Airports
Division manager and may be re-delegated to the Airports District
Offices (ADO). Airport personnel must administer the Airports Program
with the coordinated assistance of air traffic, Technical Operations
Services, Flight Procedures Team, and Flight Procedures personnel.
development/improvement projects are initiated under the authority of
several laws relating to Federal airport financial assistance programs.
There are certain similarities in processing federally assisted and
non-federally-assisted airport development improvement projects,
including airport layout plan reviews. However, a significant difference
is that on a federally assisted project the FAA must formally approve
the airspace for the projects that receive federal assistance.
Improvement Program (AIP) - AIP projects, including airport layout
plans, are processed similarly to non-AIP projects, except that
the airspace for the airport study results in either an agency approval
or disapproval of the project.
or Conveyance of Federal Surplus Real Property for Public Airport
Purposes - The FAA is required to officially endorse the site before
property interest in land owned and controlled by the United States is
conveyed to a public agency for public airport purposes. Airspace cases
are handled in the same manner as proposals for other federally assisted
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Airport Programs - 49 U.S.C,
Section 44502(c) provides that the DOD and NASA must not acquire,
establish, or construct any military airport, military landing area, or
missile or rocket site, or substantially alter any runway layout unless
reasonable prior notice is given to the FAA. This permits the FAA to
“...advise the appropriate committees of Congress and other interested
departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government on the
effects" of such projects “upon the use of airspace by aircraft."
See Chapter 13 for the
procedures for processing these proposals.
157 Proposals-Pursuant to appropriate sections of the Federal Aviation
Act of 1958, as amended, part 157 was adopted to require notice to the
Administrator by persons proposing to construct, alter, activate, or
deactivate a civil or joint-use (civil/military) airport for which
Federal funds have not been requested. Such notice is required so that a
study can be made and the proponent can be advised as to the proposal's
effect on the use of the navigable airspace by aircraft.
airport proposals on public-use airports not requiring notice under part
157 that may require notice under part 77.
Facility Charge (PFC) - Part 158 program projects are required to be on
an approved ALP and are processed similarly to AIP projects.
10-1-4. FUNDING RESPONSIBILITY
participating office must note airport projects or airport layout plan
changes which would, if accomplished, lead to the relocation,
replacement, or modification of air traffic control, or air navigation
and communications facilities. Such conditions must be identified in the
review process and appropriate recommendations made regarding funding
responsibilities as related to current FAA policy on facility relocation
associated with airport improvements or changes (see FAAO 6030.1 and AC
150/5300-7, FAA Policy On Facility Relocations Occasioned By Airport
Improvements Or Changes).
Airports Division, or designated representative, is responsible for the
overall Airports Program, initiating the coordination of airspace
studies of airport proposals; conducting the necessary circularization;
consolidating and resolving comments; and developing and forwarding the
FAA determination to the airport sponsor/proponent. Where applicable,
the airports division personnel must forward documents regarding
potential noise problems to the airport proponent/sponsor for
service area office is responsible for evaluating the proposal from the
standpoint of safe and efficient use of airspace by aircraft. In
addition, based on existing and/or contemplated traffic patterns and
procedures, the service area office director must be responsible for
identifying potential noise problems and advising the Airports Office
c. The FPT
is responsible for evaluating proposals to determine impacts on
instrument procedures and whether aircraft instrument operations can be
Flight Standards Division is responsible for reviewing proposals to
determine the safety of aeronautical operations, and of persons and
property on the ground.
flight standards district office (FSDO) is responsible for reviewing
part 157 proposals for seaplane bases and heliports.
Technical Operations Services area office is responsible for:
engineering studies on airport proposals to evaluate their effects upon
commissioned and/or proposed NAVAIDs.
electromagnetic studies to evaluate the effect existing and/or proposed
objects will have upon air navigation and communications facilities.
and evaluating line-of-site (shadow) studies on existing and/or proposed
objects to determine impact on control tower visibility.
frequency management problems and reserving frequencies.