Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
Development of State Standards for Nonprimary Airports
Provides guidelines for the development of State standards for and the use of State highway specifications for pavement construction at nonprimary public-use airports as provided for in title 49 United States Code (USC), Sections 47105(c) and 47114(d)(5), respectively.
Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN
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).
Access COMFAA and related Support Spreadsheet on our Airport Design Software page.
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.
Guide Specification for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles
Provides an interactive specification that airports can use in procuring Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. It describes the selection process, vehicle requirements, and how to produce formal specifications.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Airport Water Rescue Plans and Equipment
Provides guidance to assist airport operators in preparing for water rescue operations.
Specification for L-821, Panels for the Control of Airport Lighting
Provides the specified manufacturing requirements for panels used for remote control of airport lighting and auxiliary systems.
Specification for Constant Current Regulators and Regulator Monitors
Contains a specification for constant current regulators (CCR) and a monitor for use with airport lighting circuits.
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.
Specification for Airport and Heliport Beacons
Contains equipment specifications for light beacons that are used to locate and identify civil airports, military airports, seaplane bases, and heliports.
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.
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driver's Enhanced Vision System (DEVS)
Contains performance standards, specifications, and recommendations for DEVS equipment on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.
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.
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--
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.