Series 150 Advisory Circulars (ACs) for Airport Projects
Specification for L-853, Runway and Taxiway Retroreflective Markers
Contains the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards for retroreflective markers for airport runways and taxiways. Version D changes Paragraph 220.127.116.11, Cylindrical Markers, to increase the marker diameter and surface area, and Paragraph 18.104.22.168, Mounting System, to clarify Type II marker mounting and tethering requirements.
Effective six months after the issue date of this AC, only equipment qualified per these specifications will be listed in AC 150/5345-53, Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program.
Specification for Airport Light Bases, Transformer Housings, Junction Boxes, and Accessories
This AC contains the specifications for airport light bases, transformer housings, junction boxes, and accessories. This AC is not intended to be a compilation of currently available product designs. It provides the basic standard requirements for critical dimensions and performance requirements to which all manufacturers must demonstrate compliance.
Specification for Obstruction Lighting Equipment
This specification sets forth the FAA requirements for obstruction lighting equipment used to increase conspicuity of structures to permit early obstruction recognition by pilots.
Specification for Runway and Taxiway Signs
Contains the FAA specifications for unlighted and lighted signs to be used on taxiways and runways. See also Engineering Brief 67: Light Sources Other than Incandescent and Xenon for Airport and Obstruction Lighting Fixtures.
Low-Impact Resistant (LIR) Structures
Contains the FAA specifications for low-impact resistant (LIR) structures used to support approach lighting systems (ALS) at airports.
Specification for Runway and Taxiway Light Fixtures
Contains FAA specifications for in-pavement and elevated light fixtures used on airport runways and taxiways, including Runway Status Lights (RWSL), Takeoff Hold Lights (THL), Runway Intersection Lights (RIL), and Runway Entrance Lights (REL). See also--
Specification for Series to Series Isolation Transformers for Airport Lighting Systems
Contains the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) specifications for series to series isolation transformers for use in airport lighting systems.
Specification L-854, Radio Control Equipment
Contains the specifications for radio control equipment to be used for controlling airport lighting facilities.
Specification for Portable Runway and Taxiway Lights
Contains the FAA standards for portable runway and taxiway lights and runway end identifier lights for temporary use to permit continued aircraft operations while all or part of a runway lighting system is inoperative.
Specification for Discharge-Type Flashing Light Equipment
Contains the specifications for discharge-type flashing light equipment to be used for runway end identification lights (REIL) and for an omni-directional approach lighting system (ODALS).
See also Notice to Manufacturers of Airport Lighting and Navigation Aid Equipment about AIP Buy American Requirement (12/19/2011). The FAA is requesting information to determine if waivers to this requirement are needed.
Generic Visual Glideslope Indicators (GVGI)
Contains the FAA standards for generic visual glideslope indicators systems. GVGI systems provide pilots with visual glideslope guidance during approaches for landing at general aviation airports.
Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program
This AC describes the Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program (ALECP). It provides information on how an organization can get Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acceptance as a third-party certification body (third-party certifier) and how manufacturers may get equipment qualified under the program. It includes a list of the equipments that are certified under the program. This AC does not impose requirements or mandate participation in the ALECP by any party. This revision clarifies the criteria that FAA will use to determine whether a certification body qualifies for participation and how equipment may be qualified.
Specification for L-884, Power and Control Unit for Land and Hold Short Lighting Systems
Contains the FAA standards for power and control units for land and hold short lighting systems.
Specification for L-893, Lighted Visual Aid to Indicate Temporary Runway Closure
Provides guidance in the design of a lighted visual aid to indicate temporary runway closure.
Specification for L-890 Airport Lighting Control and Monitoring System (ALCMS)
Specifies the minimum requirements for an Airport Lighting Control and Monitoring System (ALCMS). The ALCMS simplifies the control and monitoring of lighted visual aids and enhances airport safety. The basic function of the system remains the same whether for a general aviation airport that supports only a few operations in a day or a large commercial airport which caters to hundreds of operations on any given day.
Airport Signing and Graphics
Provides guidance on airport related signs and graphics. Recommends use of 'Guidelines for Airport Signing and Graphics' (American Association of Airport Executives, the Airports Council International - North America, the Air Transport Association of America, and the Airport Consultants Council, 2001) in designing airport terminal signing systems until an updated manual, currently being developed under the Airport Cooperative Research Program, is available. At international airports, also recommends International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Document 9636, 'International Signs to Provide Guidance to Persons at Airports and Marine Terminals (1995)'.
Access to Airports By Individuals With Disabilities
Assists airports in complying with the current laws and regulations governing individuals with disabilities by (1) identifying the relevant statutes and regulations that impact upon airports, (2) presenting in a single document the main features of each of the statutes and regulations, (3) providing legal citations to facilitate research, (4) listing sources of assistance or additional information, and (5) identifying Final Rules. It presents and reconciles the Federal accessibility regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA); the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (RA); and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as amended (ABA), which affect the architectural or program accessibility of airports in the U.S. transportation system and employment opportunities on these airports for individuals with disabilities.
Operational Safety on Airports During Construction
Provides guidelines for operational safety on airports during construction. Principal changes include prohibiting construction in safety areas when associated runway or taxiway is open, providing guidance for incorporating safety risk management, and including checklists for writing Construction Safety and Phasing Plans (CSPP) and for daily inspections.
Construction Progress and Inspection Report - Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
Provides guidance for reporting construction progress of projects under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Discusses use of FAA Form 5370-1, Construction Progress and Inspection Report.
Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports
Provides standards for the construction of airports. Items covered in this AC include general provisions, earthwork, flexible base courses, rigid base courses, flexible surface courses, rigid pavement, fencing, drainage, turfing, and lighting installation.
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Use of Nondestructive Testing in the Evaluation of Airport Pavements
Focuses on nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment that measures pavement surface deflections after applying a static or dynamic load to the pavement. It also briefly introduces other types of nondestructive measuring equipment to illustrate how supplementing NDT data with other test data may improve the quality and reliability of the pavement evaluation. This version updates Chapter 8, NDT-Based Evaluation and Design Updates, to reflect the requirements of the pavement design program FAARFIELD rather than the previous design program LEDFAA.
See also Airport Design Software.
Quality Control of Construction for Airport Grant Projects
Provides information to ensure the quality of construction accomplished under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Off-Peak Construction of Airport Pavements Using Hot-Mix Asphalt
Provides guidance for the planning, coordination, management, design, testing, inspection, and execution of off-peak construction of airport pavements using hot-mix asphalt (HMA) paving materials. Also focuses on HMA airfield pavement construction and applies to other types of airfield improvements where off-peak construction is identified as the preferred delivery method.
Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook
Provides guidance on asphalt paving operations, including project organization, mix design, quality control, plant operations, laydown, and compaction.
The Handbook is included in the AC as Appendix 1. Because of its size, the Appendix has been broken up into several smaller files.
Airside Applications for Artificial Turf
Provides guidance for the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of aviation grade artificial turf in areas adjacent to the operational areas of an airport.