Section 3. Processing of Airport Proposals By
Regional Flight Standards Offices
11-3-1. EFFECT ON
SAFETY OF FLIGHT
Flight Standards Office must perform a flight safety review of heliport
and seaplane base proposals to determine whether aircraft operations can
be conducted safely. Flight Standards will review a modification of
standard to proposals as appropriate except for modification to the
Runway Obstacle Free Area (ROFA), Obstacle Free Zone (OFZ), Taxiway
Safety Area (TSA), Taxiway Obstacle Free Area (TOFA), or penetrations to
the threshold siting surface or part 77 criteria. Also, the Flight
Standards Office will review any proposal with runways, taxiways, and/or
ramp surfaces underlying threshold-siting surfaces and proposals for
declared distance concepts. Upon completion of the review, the
appropriate Flight Standards Office must submit its report to the
responsible Airports Office. The report must state whether or not safe
operations can be conducted or what conditions are needed to ensure safe
operations. Information provided by Technical Operations Aviation System
Standards may be used when conducting these reviews.
11-3-2. EFFECT ON
SAFETY OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY ON THE GROUND
Policy Statement of the FAA, states that the agency will pursue a
regulatory policy that recognizes the primary right of the individual to
accept personal risk. However, the agency balances this right against
society's interest in the safety of the individual, and limits the
individual's right to incur risk when the exercise of that right creates
a risk for others. Therefore, airport aeronautical studies must
consider, for example, the proposal's proximity to cities or towns, and
its runway alignment with reference to heavily populated areas, schools,
hospitals, sports stadiums, and shopping centers, etc.
All proposals for the establishment of heliports must be given an onsite
operational evaluation by operations specialists or inspectors,
preferably those who are qualified on helicopters. Proposed heliports to
be located in congested areas, and/or on a roof-top, should be evaluated
by helicopter-qualified operations inspectors. Included in the process
is the development of recommendations for assignment of ingress and
egress routes, where necessary.
Agreement Airport Proposal. The Flight Standards Office performing a
flight safety review will use information submitted with the FAA Form
7480-1 and any other information as may be available, such as charts,
aerial photographs, etc. A flight check or an onsite inspection may be
advantageous if the proposal is controversial or additional information
Assisted Airport Proposal. The Flight Standards Office should:
the proposal from the standpoint of safety of flight operations.
an on-site evaluation.
the air traffic office when obstructions and/or terrain that prove to
cause significant safety problems are identified.
FSDO reviews part 157 seaplane base and heliport proposals.