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150/5340-18F AAS-100 Standards for Airport Sign Systems

Contains standards for the siting and installation of signs on airport runways and taxiways, including taxiway ending markers, location signs, runway distance remaining signs, mandatory hold signs associated with POFZ and CAT II/III operations, and many others.

See also Engineering Brief 89: Taxiway Nomenclature Convention.

08-16-2010
150/5210-5D AAS-100 Painting, Marking, and Lighting of Vehicles Used on an Airport

Provides guidance, specifications, and standards for painting, marking, and lighting of ground vehicles operating in the airport air operations area (AOA). The approved lights, colors, and markings described in the AC assure the conspicuity of vehicles operating in the AOA from both the ground and the air. The AC contains new specifications and recommendations for the painting, marking, and lighting of Towbarless Tow Vehicles (TLTVs).

04-01-2010
150/5220-24 AAS-100 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.

See also Buy American Preferences to view:

  • Notice of Decision to Issue Buy American Waivers for Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Equipment (11/28/2010)
  • Notice to Manufacturers of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Equipment (8/5/2010)
  • Waiver request process
09-30-2009
150/5300-9B AAS-100 Predesign, Prebid, and Preconstruction Conferences for Airport Grant Projects

Provides guidance for conducting predesign, prebid, and preconstruction conferences for projects funded under the FAA airport grant program. This version adds quality acceptance as a topic of discussion for the preconstruction conference, items to be addressed in the engineer’s report, details about what should be included in the phasing plan, and discussion of construction management plans.

09-30-2009
150/5320-6E AAS-100 Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation

Provides guidance to the public on the design and evaluation of pavements at civil airports.

Because of the size of the document, it is available as one large file (see Complete) or as four smaller files (see Parts 1-4).

See also related Airport Design Software.

09-30-2009
150/5340-26B AAS-100 Maintenance of Airport Visual Aid Facilities

Provides recommended guidelines for maintenance of airport visual aid facilities, including Runway Status Lights (RWSL) Systems, rotating beacons, lighted wind cone assemblies, runway and taxiway guidance signs, Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) Systems, Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASIs), Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs), Medium Approach Lighting Systems (MALS, MALSF, MALSR), Hazard Beacons And Obstruction Lights, and Airport Lighting Control And Monitoring Systems (ALCMS).

09-30-2009
150/5345-54B AAS-100 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.

09-30-2009
150/5380-9 AAS-100 Guidelines and Procedures for Measuring Airfield Pavement Roughness

Provides guidelines and procedures for measuring and evaluating runway roughness as identified by surface profile data of rigid and flexible airport pavements. Provides technical procedures to quantify surface irregularities and to determine how surface irregularities may affect specific categories of airplanes.

09-30-2009
150/5200-12C AAS-300 First Responders’ Responsibility for Protecting Evidence at the Scene of an Aircraft Accident/Incident

Furnishes general guidance for airport employees, airport management, and other personnel responsible for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) operations at the scene of an aircraft accident on the proper preservation of evidence.  It explains the need for preservation of evidence and details operational actions which may be permitted if performed in the interest of preserving life.

09-28-2009
150/5210-17B AAS-300 Programs for Training of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Personnel

Provides information on courses and reference materials for training of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) personnel.

09-23-2009
150/5200-31C AAS-300 Airport Emergency Plan (Consolidated AC includes Change 2)

Provides guidance to the airport operator in the development and implementation of an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP). The AEP addresses essential emergency related and deliberate actions planned to ensure the safety of and emergency services for the airport populace and the community in which the airport is located.

Consolidated file includes Change 2 dated 11/3/2010. Change 2 updates the date by which AEPs must be submitted to June 30, 2011.

CHANGE 2 (11-03-2010)

Updates the date by which a part 139 certificated airport must submit its Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) to June 30, 2011.

06-19-2009
150/5210-19A AAS-100 Driver's Enhanced Vision System (DEVS)
Contains performance standards, specifications, and recommendations for DEVS equipment on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.
06-12-2009
150/5300-18B AAS-100 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.

CHANGE 1 (02-24-2014)

This change incorporates updated airport data collection standards and deletes outdated information. These changes clarify airport data collection and ongoing Airports GIS and other system enhancements.

05-21-2009
150/5345-46D AAS-100 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--

05-19-2009
150/5220-23 AAS-100 Frangible Connections

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.

This AC is based on the performance standards, specifications, and recommendations contained in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aerodrome Design Manual, Part 6, Frangibility, and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Engineering Technical Letter (ETL) 01-20: Guidelines for Airfield Frangibility Zones.

04-27-2009
150/5200-30C AAS-300 Airport Winter Safety and Operations

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to assist airport operators in developing a snow and ice control plan, conducting and reporting runway friction surveys, and establishing snow removal and control procedures. Version B of this AC cancelled AC 150/5220-13B, Runway Surface Condition Sensor Specification Guide, dated March 27, 1991. Consolidated file contains Change 1.

See also Notice to Manufacturers of Airport In-Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems about AIP Buy American Requirement (10/28/2011). The FAA is requesting information to determine if waivers to this requirement are needed.

CHANGE 1 (02-15-2012)

Adds the requirement to identify Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting mutual aid access points(s) to include gate(s) operability. This Change is in response to a National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendation.

12-09-2008
150/5210-14B AAS-300 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Equipment, Tools and Clothing

Contains references to the minimum requirements for the selection and performance of aircraft rescue and firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE), self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and powered rescue tools. Designed to assist airport management in the development of local procurement specifications for airport fire departments.

09-30-2008
150/5300-15A AAS-100 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.
09-30-2008
150/5345-26D AAS-100 FAA Specification For L-823 Plug And Receptacle, Cable Connectors
Contains the specification for plug and receptacle (cable connectors) used with underground power cables, isolation transformer leads, and light fixture leads for airport lighting systems.
09-30-2008
150/5210-18A AAS-100 Systems for Interactive Training Of Airport Personnel
Provides guidance in the design of systems for interactive training of airport personnel, which are eligible for funding under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and with Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues.
09-29-2008
150/5370-6D AAS-100 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.
09-29-2008
150/5210-15A AAS-100 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station Building Design
Contains information, references and guidelines for construction of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station building design.
09-10-2008
150/5320-15A AAS-100 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.
09-08-2008
150/5000-13A AAS-100 Announcement Of Availability: RTCA Inc., Document RTCA-221
Announces the availability of RTCA, Inc., Document RTCA/DO-221, Guidance and Recommended Requirements for Airport Surface Movement Sensors, dated April 24, 1994. Provides recommended minimum performance standards for airport surface movement sensors and specifies both sensor and system characteristics that provide guidance to airport systems designers, manufacturers, installers, and users of the equipment.

Cancels AC 150/5000-13, Announcement of Availability-RTCA Inc., Document RTCA-221, dated September 7, 1994.
09-05-2008
150/5210-7D AAS-300 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications

Provides guidance to assist airport operators in preparing for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) communications.

04-14-2008
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