Section 2. Processing of Airport Proposals By
Regional Airports Offices
received by any FAA office must be forwarded to the appropriate Airports
Office for initial processing and study.
Notification under part 157 is not required for projects on
The Airports Office, after receipt of a proposal, will check the
information submitted for correctness, clarity, completeness, and proper
detail. The Airports office will verify critical data or require
proponents to verify any data deemed critical. The proponent may need to
be contacted if insufficient information is submitted or if significant
errors appear in the submission. The Airports Office must maintain a
record by list, map, or other method so that the status of new proposals
may be easily correlated with existing airports, airports under
construction, or other airport proposals.
of New Airports. Initial review concerning the proposed construction of
new airports must include but is not limited to the following:
conformance of the proposal with agency design criteria.
the objects that exceed the obstruction criteria of part 77.
the operational use of the airport, including the number and type of
aeronautical operations and the number of based aircraft.
whether the airport is for private or public use.
runway and taxiway layout in relation to compass rose data, existing or
proposed obstructions, or other airports.
known or anticipated controversial aspects of the proposal.
potential noise aspects.
possible conflict with airport improvement and/or development or other
agency plans. The Airports Division, in the NRA proposal processing,
will identify all seaplane bases that may be impacted by part 157
proposals or other development on public use airports. If the airspace
study reveals that a seaplane base is adversely impacted, the Airports
Division will notify the seaplane base owner of the NRA proposal and the
runway threshold coordinates and elevations.
of Existing Airports - The nature and magnitude of an existing airport
alteration will determine the extent of processing and analysis
required. Alteration, such as new runway construction, runway
realignment projects, runway extension; runway upgrading, change in
status, such as VFR to IFR use, and widening of runways or taxiway/ramp
areas normally require the same type of processing and study as that
required for new airport construction proposals.
and Abandonment of Airports:
owners/sponsors are required to notify the FAA concerning the
deactivation, discontinued use, or abandonment of an airport, runway,
landing strip, or associated taxiway. On partial or specific runway
deactivation proposals, a description with a sketch or layout plan and
the anticipated operational changes should be forwarded together with
any other pertinent information needed to update agency records.
2. When it
is believed that an airport is abandoned or unreported and appropriate
notification has not been received, the Airports Office, after making a
reasonable effort to obtain such notification, must advise the air
traffic office of the situation by memorandum. The memorandum should
contain a statement that the airport is considered either abandoned or
unreported. Forward a copy of the memorandum to the airport owner or
sponsor, to AIM and to the Airport Safety Data Branch, AAS-330.
safety plans are received as appropriate for Airport Improvement Program
requests for aid and the Airports Regional Capital Improvement Program.
Airport Notices - Occasionally, an airport owner/sponsor will make
alterations or changes to the airport without filling notice in
accordance with part 157. Generally, this information will be obtained
through the airport safety data program (FAA Form 5010) and
after-the-fact. From a legal standpoint, this constitutes notice to the
FAA and appropriate action is necessary. The Airports Office must
initiate a study of such information received in the same manner as if
the notice had been received under part 157 requirements.
11-2-2. AIRPORT LAYOUT PLANS (ALP)
show the location, character, dimensions, details of the airport, and
the work to be done. The extent of information needed for any specific
airport development will vary depending on the scope and character of
the project, plus the anticipated role and category of the airport.
Detailed information on the development of ALPs is contained in AC
150/5070-6, Airport Master Plans, and AC 150/5300-13, Airport Design.
Assisted Airports. Airports personnel will take into consideration an
ALP or plan on file in developing a determination with reference to the
safe and efficient use of airspace.
Assisted Airports. Projects at Federally assisted airports require
review based on considerations relating to the safe and efficient
utilization of airspace, factors affecting the control of air traffic,
conformance with FAA design criteria, and Federal grant assurances or
conditions of a Federal property conveyance. The product of this review
is derived from analysis of information supplied in the ALP. A formal or
tentative determination may be given depending on the complexity of the
proposal or the timing of the request. The review and subsequent
determination must be made as expeditiously as possible to facilitate
processing of the project request. Normally a project is not placed
under grant nor Federal property conveyed until a favorable
determination is made and the ALP approved.
of Review. A review is normally required for all proposals involving new
construction or relocation of runways, taxiways, ramp areas, holding or
run-up apron projects, airport and runway lighting and marking, fire and
rescue building locations, and other projects affecting, or potentially
affecting, the movement of aircraft. At all public-use airports,
projects which conform to a previously approved non-objectionable
airport layout plan for the construction or resurfacing of existing
airport paving, site preparation work, or paving to overlie existing
unpaved landing strips may be omitted from the normal review process.
For an airport that has a construction safety plan, the plan needs to
undergo the review process with appropriate FAA offices (see AC
150/5370-2, Operational Safety On Airports During Construction).
157 PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OR ALTERATION ON NON-OBLIGATED PUBLIC-USE
Sponsors/proponents of non-part 157 proposals for construction or
alteration on public-use airports are required to file notice with the
FAA in accordance with part 77.13 (a)(5). The appropriate Airports
Office will process these proposals in accordance with procedures
established for part 157 proposals. Generally, these proposals will be
submitted on FAA Form 7460-1 along with appropriate drawings and
necessary supporting documentation. The procedures contained in
Part 2. of this order are not
applicable to such proposals. However the information contained in
Part 2. may be helpful to
airports personnel in applying the obstructions standards of Sections
77.23(a)(2), 77.23(a)(5), 77.25, 77.28, and 77.29.
Upon receipt of a
part 157 proposal or a change to an ALP, the appropriate Airports Office
must assign an aeronautical study number, ensure that the proposal is
complete and correct, review the proposal from an airport's planning
viewpoint and the effect on airport programs, enter the proposal into
the OE/AAA automation program, and forward a proposal package with
comments to the appropriate FAA offices (e.g., air traffic, Flight
Procedures Team, Flight Standards, and technical operations services
offices) for processing. Other organizations to consider in the review
process are (if applicable) the Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT),
System Management Office (SMO), Security and Hazardous Materials
Division, Military representative and Airports Certification Branch.
Flight Standards or the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) will be
sent all part 157 proposals for seaplane bases and heliports depending
on regional preference. Comments will be provided either to the
originating Airports Office or to its respective divisional offices
depending on regional procedures. Additional internal coordination must
be accomplished, as appropriate, by the responsible division offices.
a. Part 157. Include a copy of the FAA Form
7480-1 and comments on the effect of existing or proposed man-made
objects on file with the FAA, plus the effect of natural growth and
terrain. Direct particular attention to, and comment on object proposals
that would exceed the obstruction standards of part 77. Also, comment if
the review indicated a potential noise problem and, if applicable, the
effect of the proposal on the safety of persons and property on the
ground. Also, enclose, as appropriate, sketches and other data required
for the aeronautical study and determination. Include a plot of the
proposed runway alignments, associated taxiways or seaplane alignments,
and any obstructions on U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle map or
Forward a copy of the ALP and include, when appropriate, an analysis of
and rationale for the plan, as well as the various stages of
construction, if applicable. Include information on the location of
structures that may adversely affect the flight or movement of aircraft,
cause electromagnetic interference to NAVAIDs, communication facilities,
or derogate the line-of-sight visibility from a control tower. Should
review of the plan reveal a potential noise problem, comment to this
effect. Comment, as applicable, on the proximity of urban congestion and
any potential problem related to the safety of persons and property on
the ground. If the layout plan is a revision of one previously approved,
summarize the changes for which an airspace determination is required.
Also, include comments on objects that would exceed the obstruction
standards of part 77 and any other Airports comments that may be
c. Federally Assisted
Airport Proposals. Transmit by letter a description of the work to be
done in the proposed project. If the project is in conformance with an
approved ALP, comment to this effect. If the project is at variance with
the ALP, comment accordingly and forward a proposed revision to the ALP
or an appropriate programming sketch that depicts the location and
nature of the proposed work. Also, in the latter event, or if it is a
new proposal, forward information on the appropriate items set forth in
subparagraph b. above.
or Conveyance of Federal Surplus or Non Surplus Property. Process
proposals by public agencies to acquire property interest in land owned
and controlled by the United States for public airport purposes as set
forth in subparagraph c.
Military representative notification - The military representative may
review all new landing area proposals (airports/heliports/seaplane
bases), all proposals that have changes to existing landing areas, and
all ALPs. Normally, the notification will be through the OE/AAA computer
program, unless the military representative requests a hard copy. The
military will review proposals, indicated by Airports for review, to
determine impacts on military training routes (MTR), MOAs, and
11-2-5. NEGOTIATION WITH SPONSOR
the course of a study, the Airports Office may find it necessary to
negotiate with the sponsor to change a proposal. This may be due to a
safety problem, efficient use of the airport, etc. After coordination by
and agreement with the interested FAA offices (e.g., air traffic, Flight
Procedures Team, Flight Standards, and technical operations services),
military representatives negotiate with the sponsor for changes to the
proposal as necessary. Advise interested FAA offices of the results of
b. When an
airport proposal poses a problem with respect to the safe and efficient
use of airspace by aircraft or with respect to the safety of persons and
property on the ground, negotiate with the sponsor to revise the
proposal, if feasible, so as to resolve the problem. Should a case
involve a proposal for a new airport that would create problems not
resolved by revisions to the proposal, negotiate with the sponsor for a
relocation of the proposal to a new site to resolve the problem.
Office should circularize airport proposals in accordance with
nonrulemaking procedures as necessary to obtain comments from
aeronautical interests, municipal, county and state groups, civic
groups, military representatives, and FAA facilities and offices on
proposals located within their areas of responsibility. All
controversial proposals and those that have a potential adverse effect
on the users of the airspace should be included in the circularization
process. However, do not circularize a proposal that may compromise the
sponsor's position in land acquisition negotiations.
11-2-7. EVALUATE COMMENTS AND AERONAUTICAL EFFECT
Office must examine comments received in response to coordination and
evaluate their validity as related to the safe and efficient use of
airspace and to the safety of persons or property on the ground. If the
Airports Office's determination contains additional items and/or
alterations of the responses previously received from the other FAA
offices, request the appropriate air traffic, Flight Procedures Team,
Flight Standards, and technical operations services offices to assist in
evaluating the validity of the determination. The guidelines in
Chapter 12 will assist in
evaluating the aeronautical effect of airport proposals.
Airports Office, with the assistance of the air traffic office, may
convene an informal airspace meeting with interested parties as set
forth in Part 1. of this order.
The informal airspace meeting provides the opportunity to gather
additional facts relevant to the aeronautical effect of the proposal,
provides interested persons an opportunity to discuss aeronautical
objections to the proposal, and provides the FAA with the opportunity to
negotiate a resolution to objectionable aspects of the proposal.
11-2-9. ISSUE DETERMINATION
of the airspace study, the Airports Office must develop and issue the
FAA determination by letter to the airport sponsor in accordance with
the guidelines in Chapter 12.
Disapprove the request if a previous airport study determination was
objectionable and remains uncorrected, or if the determination listed
provisions that have not been complied with by the airport owner or
sponsor. The FAA determination does not constitute a commitment to
provide Federal financial assistance to implement any development
contained in the proposal. Also, if the proposal is not objectionable
but would exceed part 77 obstruction standards, notify the sponsor of
what obstruction marking and lighting would be required or recommended.
Additionally, advise the sponsor that a separate notice will be required
for any construction equipment, such as temporary cranes, whose working
limits would exceed the height and lateral dimensions of the proposed