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|150/5070-7 (PDF, 2.44 MB)||
Draft Change 1 to AC 150/5070-7, The Airport System Planning Process (posted 07/21/2014)
Change 1 addresses recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to enhance FAA review of airport system planning studies. It also incorporates minor edits to correct technical information since the previous publication.
|150/5100-14E (PDF, 1 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5100-14E, Architectural, Engineering, and Planning Consultant Services for Airport Grant Projects (posted 06/06/2014)
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.
|150/5220-20A (PDF, 2.16 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5220-20A, Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment (posted 04/28/2014)
This advisory circular provides guidance to assist airport operators in the procurement of snow and ice control equipment for airport use.
|150/5320-17A (PDF, 186 KB)||
Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5320-17A, Airfield Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Manuals (posted 06/05/2014)
This AC provides limited guidance on understanding and rating the surface condition of flexible (asphalt) and rigid (concrete) airfield pavements. This AC reissues the Asphalt and Concrete Airfield Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Manuals (PASER Manuals) in Appendices 1 and 2. The manuals are unaltered.
|150/5380-7B (PDF, 438 KB)||
Draft AC 150/5380-7B, Airport Pavement Management Program (posted 05/23/2014)
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).
|150/5340-26C (PDF, 1.82 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5340-26C, Maintenance of Airport Visual Aid Facilities (posted 05/07/2014)
This AC provides recommended guidelines for maintenance of airport visual aid facilities. See the Principal Changes paragraph for a list of proposed changes.
|150/5345-10H (PDF, 650 KB)||
Draft AC 150/5345-10H, Specification for Constant Current Regulators and Regulator Monitors (posted 05/06/2014)
This AC contains a specification for constant current regulators (CCR) and a monitor for use with airport lighting circuits. This revision adds a requirement for CCR response to short duration zero AC input voltage glitches.
|150/5210-20A (PDF, 544 KB)||
Draft AC 150/5210-20A, Ground Vehicle Operations and Mechanic Taxiing or Towing an Aircraft on Airports (posted 03/07/2014)
This draft advisory circular provides guidance to airport operators on developing training programs for safe ground vehicle operations, mechanic taxiing or towing an aircraft, and pedestrian control on the airside of an airport. This revision addresses aircraft being taxied by persons other than certificated pilots, adds a definition for Airport Operations Area, revises the definition of Non-Movement Area, replaces the term "apron" with "ramp", adds a definition for Vechicle or Pedestrian Deviation, and makes formatting and editorial corrections throughout the document.
|150/5335-5C (PDF, 3.82 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5335-5C, Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN (posted 08/27/2013)
This AC provides guidance for using the standardized International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) method to report airport runway, taxiway, and apron pavement strength. It also provides guidance for use of the standardized method of reporting pavement strength, which applies only to pavements with bearing strengths of 12,500 pounds (5 700 kg) or greater, and explains how to make gross weight and PCN changes to FAA Form 5010, Airport Master Record.
|150/5325-4C (PDF, 1.45 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5325-4C, Runway Length Recommendations for Airport Design (posted 08/05/2013)
This AC is intended to determine recommended runway lengths for new runways or extensions to existing runways. This draft revision makes the following changes:
|150/5340-30H (PDF, 7.56 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5340-30H, Design and Installation Details for Airport Visual Aids (posted 08/05/2013)
This AC provides guidance and recommendations on the installation of airport visual aids.
|150/5370-14B (PDF, 109 KB)||
Draft AC 150/5370-14B, Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (posted 08/05/2013)
This AC is a reissuance of the Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook 2000. When finalized the Handbook will be incorporated into the AC as Appendix 1. The handbook is unaltered from the version issued in AC 150/5370-14A in July 2001. To access the handbook, see AC 150/5370-14A.
The handbook concentrates on field practices for asphalt paving, including plant operations, transportation of materials, surface preparation, laydown, compaction, and quality control processes. Although most of the information can be found in other documents, the handbook remains useful for airports and the information it contains is still valid.
|150/5300-13A (PDF, 10.15 MB)||
Draft Change X to AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design (posted 07/29/2013)
The draft Airport Design Change X contains improvements primarily to Chapter 4, Taxiway Design. It revises the fillet geometry with slight expansion on the taxiway fillet information including adjustments to the Taxiway Design Groups (TDG) limits. It also includes a new Appendix 8 -Taxiway Fillet Design (Rationale). We chose to expand on guidance to fillet design for existing taxiway-to-taxiway and taxiway-to-runway separation. In addition, an updated Approach Runway and Departure Runway Design Codes replaces current Runway Reference Code (RRC) in Chapter 3.
|150/5300-18B (PDF, 10.32 MB)||
Draft Change 1 to AC 150/5300-18B, General Guidance and Specifications for Submission of Aeronautical Surveys to NGS: Field Data Collection and Geographic Information System (GIS) Standards (posted 07/29/2013)
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.
|150/5340-1L (PDF, 12.90 MB)||
Draft AC 150/5340-1L, Standards for Airport Markings (posted 07/29/2013)
This AC contains the FAA standards for markings used on airport runways, taxiways, and aprons.
|150/5070-6B (PDF, 410 KB)||
Draft Change 2 to AC 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans (posted 06/20/2013)
Draft Change 2 incorporates additional guidance on passenger convenience, ground access, and access to airport facilities, as identified in Section 131 of Public Law 112-95, “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.” Also included are limited editorial and text revisions since the release of Change 1 to this AC in 2007. The primary revisions are contained in Chapter 8 and Appendix B of this AC. A complete update to this AC is currently in process.
Procedure for Commenting on Draft ACs
Unless specifically noted, we generally accept comments only from recognized industry organizations. If you would like to comment on a Draft Advisory Circular, please submit your comments to one of the organizations listed below.
- Air Line Pilots Association
- Air Transport Association of America
- Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
- Airport Consultants Council
- Airports Council International--North America
- Allied Pilots Association
- American Association of Airport Executives
- American Council of Engineering Companies
- American Society of Civil Engineers (Transportation & Development Institute) 1
- DOD Policy Board on Federal Aviation 2
- Experimental Aircraft Association
- General Aviation Manufacturers Association
- Helicopter Association International
- International Air Transport Association
- National Air Transportation Association
- National Association of State Aviation Officials
- National Business Aviation Association
- Regional Airline Association
Note 1 - For ASCE, submit comments to:
Jonathan C. Esslinger, P.E.
Director, Transportation & Development Institute of ASCE.
Note 2 - For DOD Policy Board on Federal Aviation, submit comments to:
DOD Policy Board on Federal Aviation
SAF/AQKT Room 4E128
Washington, DC 20330-1060