The Certification of Aircraft Electrical and Electronic Systems for Operation in the High-intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Environment
a. This advisory circular (AC) will provide you with information and guidance on how to show compliance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 23.1308, 25.1317, 27.1317, and 29.1317, High-intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Protection.
b. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. It describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for you to show compliance with the requirements for protection of the operation of electrical and electronic systems on an aircraft when the aircraft is exposed to an external HIRF environment. If you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it entirely to comply with this AC. The term "must" is used to indicate mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC. The term "should" is used when following the guidance is recommended but not required to comply with this AC.
Service Bulletins Related to Airworthiness Directives and Indicating FAA Approval on Service Documents
This advisory circular (AC) presents best practices for drafting service bulletins (SB) related to an airworthiness directive (AD). This AC also provides information and guidance on ex parté communication and alternative methods of compliance (AMOC), as well as means for avoiding overlapping and conflicting actions in SBs and maintaining airworthiness of AD-mandated design changes. This revision, AC 20-176A, includes guidance for indicating FAA approval on a service document.
Airworthiness Approval for Aircraft Weather Radar Systems
a. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for the initial and follow-on airworthiness approval of aircraft weather radar systems meeting the latest revision of the Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C63, Airborne Weather Radar Equipment. This AC covers aircraft weather and ground mapping pulsed radar systems, and airborne Doppler weather radar systems with forward-looking windshear, turbulence detection or weather hazard indication capability. The guidance is applicable to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 23, 25, 27, and 29 aircraft. This AC does not address forward-looking windshear and/or turbulence detection capability for rotorcraft.
b. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, of accomplishing airworthiness approval for the installation of airborne weather radar equipment. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it entirely. The term "must" is used to indicate mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC. The terms "should" and "recommend" are used when following the guidance is recommended but not required to comply with this AC. A list of related documents can be found in Appendix B of this AC.
c. This AC provides guidance intended for new approvals. This AC is not intended to modify, change, or cancel existing equipment design or airworthiness approvals. Equipment with existing approvals can continue to be installed within the provisions of its original design and airworthiness certification.
Maintenance of Airport Visual Aid Facilities
This AC provides guidance and specifications for the Maintenance of airport Visual Aid Facilities.
Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP)
This Advisory Circular provides guidance to customers of the National Airspace System (NAS) regarding a new traffic management initiative for managing flights through a constrained area. The new traffic management initiative builds upon concepts found in Ground Delay Programs (GDPs), Airspace Flow Programs (AFPs; AC 90-102A) and required reroutes. The new initiative is called the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program or CTOP. The CTOP is one of many new traffic management initiatives being developed within Collaborative Air Traffic Management Technologies (CATMT) as we progress toward the Next-Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Approval of Propulsion Fuels, Additives, and Lubricating Oils
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance applicable to adding fuels and oils as engine, aircraft, or auxiliary power unit (APU) operating limitations. It also provides guidance on fuel and lubricating oil specifications and standards, and on propulsion fuel and/or lubricating oil certification plans. This AC provides acceptable methods, but not the only methods, that may be used to approve aircraft, engines, or APUs to operate with specified propulsion fuels and lubricating oils.
Design and Installation Details for Airport Visual Aids
This AC provides guidance and recommendations about the installation of airport visual aids.
Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports
The standards contained in this AC relate to materials and methods used 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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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).
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Statistical Analysis Considerations for Comparative Test and Analysis Based Compliance Findings for Turbine Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit Replacement, Redesign and Repaired Parts
a. This advisory circular (AC) describes acceptable statistical methods, but not the only methods, to help develop substantiating data for comparative test and analysis compliance findings. The findings support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of turbine engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) replacement, redesign and repaired parts produced under:
(1) Parts manufacturer approval (PMA),
(2) Type Certificate (TC),
(3) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), or
(4) Repair or alteration.
b. The AC describes statistical principles that can be used to help determine adequate sample sizes for a comparative showing of equivalency of parts from different design or manufacturing processes. The guidance in this AC is acceptable for determining sample sizes and/or populations of specimens. The resulting data may be used to support a showing of compliance to the airworthiness requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.303, 14 CFR part 33, 14 CFR part 43 and Technical Standard Order (TSO) C77.
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.
Mitigating the Risks of a Runway Overrun Upon Landing
This advisory circular (AC) provides ways for pilots and airplane operators to identify, understand, and mitigate risks associated with runway overruns during the landing phase of flight. It also provides operators with detailed information that operators may use to develop company standard operating procedures (SOP) to mitigate those risks.
Oxidation, Hot Corrosion, Thermal Fatigue, and Erosion Characteristics Testing to Support 14 CFR, Part 33, § 33.15, Compliancefor Turbine Engines
This advisory circular (AC) describes an acceptable method, but not the only method, to support certain comparative assessment compliance findings to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 33, § 33.15, Materials, for turbine engine projects. Comparative assessment of certain data is often necessary to show the required functional and durability equivalencies between engine combustor and turbine section parts from different design or manufacturing processes, e.g., parts manufacturer approvals (PMA) versus type design parts. These equivalencies relate to oxidation, hot corrosion, and thermal fatigue and erosion characteristics in the engine environment. This data is necessary to support overall FAA design approval of turbine engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) parts approved under PMA, type certificate (TC) design change, supplemental type certificate (STC), or repair or alteration authority.
Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test
This advisory circular (AC) provides information and guidance on the Additional Pilot Program (APP) for flight testing experimental aircraft. The APP was developed to improve safety by enhancing Builder/Owner Pilot (BP) skills and mitigate risks associated with Phase I flight testing of aircraft built from commercially produced kits through the use of a qualified additional pilot and powerplant testing. The APP is an optional program which provides another pathway to conducting Phase I flight testing. The traditional option for a pilot to test their aircraft solo during Phase I is not covered or affected by this AC, and remains an option for those who choose to do so in accordance with their aircraft’s operating limitations.
Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the United States
This advisory circular (AC) transmits an updated schedule of charges for services of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS) aviation safety inspectors (ASI) outside the United States. Rulemaking action to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 187, Docket No. 27809 and Notice 94-24, Fees for Certification Services and Approvals Performed Outside the United States, established the methodology for determining these charges. The rulemaking established that the FAA would publish these fees in an AC.
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.