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.
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.
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.
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.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications
Provides guidance to assist airport operators in preparing for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) communications.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station Building Design
Contains information, references and guidelines for construction of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station building design.
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.
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.
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 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.
Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety
This AC provides guidance to assist airport operators in developing a snow and ice control plan, assessing and reporting airport conditions through the utilization of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM), and establishing snow removal and control procedures.
For implementation purposes, all certificated airports must submit revised Snow and Ice Control Plans to the FAA no later than September 1, 2016, for approval. The Federal NOTAM System is the primary means of conveying airport condition information by certificated and federally obligated airports. Effective October 1, 2016, the Federal NOTAM System will incorporate the new reporting criteria and methodology contained in this AC.
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).
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.
Airport Master Plans
Provides guidance for the preparation of airport master plans that range in size and function from small general aviation to large commercial service facilities. Appendix D of this AC cancels Chapter 1, Section 5; Appendix 6; and Appendix 7 of AC 150/5300-13, Airport Design. Consolidated file contains Changes 1 and 2.
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.
Airport Pavement Management Program (PMP)
This AC discusses the Airport Pavement Management Program (PMP) concept, its essential components, and how it is used to make cost-effective decisions about pavement maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R).
Airport Signing and Graphics
This AC provides guidance on airport terminal and landside wayfinding, signing, and graphics. It focuses on four areas of the airport: roadways, parking, curbside and ground transportation, and terminal. This version is a substantial rewrite and incorporates the recommendations and guidelines developed under Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 52, Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside, completed in 2011.
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.
Airport Water Rescue Plans and Equipment
Provides guidance to assist airport operators in preparing for water rescue operations.
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.
Airside Use of Heated Pavement Systems
Establishes minimum performance requirements for the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of heated pavement systems for use in the Aircraft Operations Area (AOA).
Architectural, Engineering, and Planning Consultant Services for Airport Grant Projects
This AC provides guidance for airport sponsors in the selection and engagement of architectural, engineering, and planning consultants. It also discusses services that normally would be included in an airport grant project, types of contracts for these services, contract format and provisions, and guidelines for determining the reasonableness of consultant fees. Please see the Principal Changes paragraph for a list of major changes from the last version of this AC.
Automated Weather Observing Systems(AWOS) for Non-Federal Applications
This advisory circular (AC) contains the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) standard for the non-Federal AWOS. This AC applies to anyone proposing to design, procure, construct, install, activate or maintain an AWOS.
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.
Circuit Selector Switch
Contains a specification for a circuit selector switch for use in airport lighting circuits.