The Buy American Preferences under 49 U.S.C. § 50101 require that all steel and manufactured goods used in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funded projects be produced in the United States. In accepting AIP funding, grant recipients must certify that all steel or manufactured products used on any portion of the AIP-funded project are produced in the United States and are of 100 percent U.S. materials.

Under 49 U.S.C. § 50101(b), the FAA has the authority to waive these Buy American Preferences if certain market or product conditions exist. These are:

  1. Applying the Buy American Preferences would be inconsistent with the public interest;
  2. The steel or goods produced in the U.S. are not produced in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality;
  3. When the cost of components and subcomponents produced in the U.S. is more than 60 percent of the cost of all components of the facility or equipment procured and final assembly occurs in the United States; or
  4. Including domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.

Buy American Guidance

Buy American Required Federal Contract Provisions

Buy American Waivers

To request a Buy American Waiver on a specific AIP-funded project, Airport sponsors should contact their appropriate Regional Office or Airport District Office (ADO). The following documents may be required when requesting a Buy American Waiver:

FAA Headquarters (APP-500) maintains a list of equipment that is frequently used on AIP-funded projects that has been issued a Nationwide Waiver. Sponsors do not need to request waivers for equipment on this Buy American Conformance List. Please use the Contact Us link below to find out how equipment is added to this list.

Recent Buy American Federal Register Notices
Notice Date Related ACs/Guidance
Federal Register Notice to Manufacturers of Alternative Fuel Vans (PDF) 3/12/2012 Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE) Technical Report (Version 7.0) (PDF)
Federal Register Notice to Manufacturers of Airfield Lighting and Navigation Aid Equipment (PDF) 12/13/2011

L-850A, L-850B, L-852K, L-852S: AC 150/5345-46D

REILs: AC 150/5345-51B

PAPIs: AC 150/5345-28G

Federal Register Notice to Manufacturers of Airport Avian Radar Systems (PDF) 10/28/2011 AC 150/5220-25
Federal Register Notice to Manufacturers of Airport In-Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems (PDF) 10/28/2011 AC 150/5200-30C
Federal Register Notice to Manufacturers of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Equipment (PDF) 8/5/2010 AC 150/5220-24

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