Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Facilities
Provides guidance on the design, construction, and operation of aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) training facilities.
Buildings for Storage and Maintenance of Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment and Materials
Provides guidance for the site selection and design of buildings used to store and maintain airport snow and ice control equipment, store approved materials, and provide personnel areas required to support the requirements under the airport operator’s winter storm management plan.
Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment
This advisory circular provides guidance to assist airport operators in the procurement of snow and ice control equipment for airport use.
Aircraft Boarding Equipment
Contains the FAA's performance standards, specifications, and recommendations for the design, manufacture, testing and maintenance of equipment used in the boarding of airline passengers. The physical area covered in this AC is that which is bounded by the door of the passenger terminal area, on one end, to the door of the aircraft, on the other end. Although this AC refers only to aircraft boarding (enplaning), all references apply equally to disembarking (deplaning) with the described procedures occurring in reverse order.
The previous version of this AC discussed only the passenger lift scenario and associated equipment. This document updates that effort and addresses the other methods and equipment used to board an aircraft, including passenger boarding bridges, ramps, lifts, and aircraft boarding chairs.
Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) for Aircraft Overruns
Contains standards for the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) in runway safety areas (RSAs).
Contains specifications for the frangible connections used to support objects located in airfield safety areas, including fuse bolts, special material bolts, frangible couplings, tear-through fasteners, and tear-out sections.
Foreign Object Debris Detection Equipment
Provides information that airports can use to procure foreign object debris (FOD) detection equipment. Contains minimum performance specifications for systems and equipment that detect foreign objects on airports, including stationary radar, stationary electro-optical, stationary hybrid radar and electro-optical, and mobile radar.
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Airport Avian Radar Systems
Provides guidance on the use of avian radar systems to supplement an airport’s Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) and reduce the potential avian threats to aircraft.
Airport Ground Vehicle Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Squitter Equipment
Provides guidance on the development, installation, testing, approval, and maintenance of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out squitter units for airport ground vehicles. Using this AC, airports will be able to acquire approved and authorized airport ground vehicle ADS-B squitter units that are compliant with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 91, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS–B) Out Performance Requirements to Support Air Traffic Control (ATC) Service, as well as the initial set of ADS-B applications. Please note that the technical specifications for manufacturing ADS-B squitter units for airport ground vehicles are published in the FAA’s document, Vehicle Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Specification, Version 2.4, published May 1, 2012.
Contact the appropriate FAA Airport District Office or Regional Airports Division to discuss Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligibility.
Learn more about Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).
Aircraft Fuel Storage, Handling, Training, and Dispensing on Airports
Contains specifications and guidance for the storage, handling, and dispensing of aviation fuel on airports. Additionally, this AC provides standards and guidance for the training of personnel who conduct these activities.
Please see the associated Addendum for a list of companies offering courses of instruction in line service training as well as supervisory training that are acceptable to the Administrator. We will update the Addendum on a quarterly basis.
FAA Policy on Facility Relocations Occasioned by Airport Improvements or Changes
Reaffirms to the aviation community the FAA policy governing responsibility for funding relocation, replacement and modification of air traffic control and air navigation facilities that are made necessary by improvements or changes to the airport.
Contains the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) standards and recommendations for the geometric layout and engineering design of runways, taxiways, aprons, and other facilities at civil airports.This substantial revision fully incorporates all previous changes to AC 150/5300-13 as well as new standards and technical requirements.
Design of Aircraft Deicing Facilities
This AC provides standards and recommendations for use in the design of aircraft deicing facilities.
Use Of Value Engineering For Engineering And Design Of Airport Grant Projects
Provides guidance on using value engineering (VE) in airport projects funded under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Airport Grant program.
General Guidance and Specifications for Aeronautical Surveys: Establishment of Geodetic Control and Submission to the National Geodetic Survey
Explains the specifications for establishing geodetic control on or near an airport. It also describes how to submit the information to the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) for approval and inclusion in the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) in support of aeronautical information surveys. See also Airports GIS Video Training Series.
Standards for Using Remote Sensing Technologies in Airport Surveys
Provides guidance on the use of remote sensing technologies in the collection of data describing the physical infrastructure of an airport. This version is a substantial rewrite and includes new sections on remote sensing technologies other than aerial imagery (primarily LIDAR) for collecting airport data. See also the Airports GIS website.
General Guidance and Specifications for Submission of Aeronautical Surveys to NGS: Field Data Collection and Geographic Information System (GIS) Standards
Provides the specifications for the collection of airport data for the FAA Airport Surveying – Geographic Information System (GIS) Program. Also explains how to submit data to the FAA, which will forward the safety critical data to the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) for independent verification and validation. The standards covered in this document provide critical information for the operation and safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) and are classified as critical by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO Annex 15 defines data as critical when “there is a high probability when using corrupted critical data that the continued safe flight and landing of an aircraft would be severely at risk with the potential for catastrophe.” The information furnished under these standards covers the entire spectrum of the FAA’s airport data requirements. See also FAA Airport Surveying - GIS Program and Airports GIS Video Training Series.
Note: We have re-activated this AC until further notice. Please see the letter cancelling AC 150/5300-18C and re-activating AC 150/5300-18B.
Airport Data and Information Program
Note: The FAA is moving toward an electronic data submission system with the implementation of the FAA’s Navigation Procedures Project (NAV Lean) solution. Sections of this AC may be used as those portions of the system become available. In the interim, please refer to the current guidance provided in AC 150/5200-35A, Submitting the Airport Master Record in Order to Activate a New Airport for paper-based data submissions.
This AC provides general guidance and information for airport owners and operators in the collection and management of data describing the physical infrastructure, characteristics, and services of their airport. This data is source material for the FAA’s aeronautical information databases, for use in the dissemination of aviation information to the public, preparation of government and private industry aeronautical charts, and related flight information publications. This AC also describes the schedule, frequency, and standards for airport inspections.
Airport Drainage Design
This AC provides guidance for engineers, airport managers, and the public about the design and construction of airport surface storm drainage systems; and subsurface drainage systems for paved runways, taxiways, and aprons. It incorporates the DOD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) draft document, Surface Drainage Design, dated August 1, 2006. This revision adds guidance that was not included in the original DOD document. See paragraph 5,, "Purpose of this Revision."
Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation
Provides guidance to the public on the design and evaluation of pavements at civil airports.
See also related Airport Design Software.
Measurement, Construction, and Maintenance of Skid Resistant Airport Pavement Surfaces
Contains guidelines and procedures for the design and construction of skid-resistant pavement; pavement evaluation, without or with friction equipment; and maintenance of high skid-resistant pavements.
Management Of Airport Industrial Waste
Provides basic information on the characteristics, management, and regulations of industrial wastes generated at airports. Provides guidance for the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that applies best management practices to eliminate, prevent, or reduce pollutants in storm water runoff associated with particular airport industrial activities.
Airfield Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Manuals
This AC provides limited guidance on understanding and rating the surface condition of flexible (asphalt) and rigid (concrete) airfield pavements. Appendices A and B of this AC include the Asphalt and Concrete Airfield Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Manuals (PASER Manuals). The FAA recommends the information and procedures contained in the manuals for use by airport staff and consultants, directly or in combination with additional testing and data collection, only when it is not possible to complete a more detailed pavement condition index (PCI) survey as part of a more comprehensive pavement maintenance management program.
Runway Length Requirements for Airport Design
Provides design standards and guidelines for determining recommended runway lengths.
Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN
This AC provides guidance for using the standardized International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) method, called the Aircraft Classification Number – Pavement Classification Number (ACN-PCN) method, to report airport runway, taxiway, and apron pavement strength. Includes instructions for using the COMFAA program to calculate ACN values to determine PCN.
Also provides guidance for reporting changes to airport data that is generally published on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Form 5010, Airport Master Record, particularly those data elements associated with Gross Weight (Data Elements 35 through 38) and Pavement Classification Number (Data Element 39).
Access COMFAA and related Support Spreadsheet on our Airport Design Software page.