Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
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).
Planning and Design Guidelines for Airport Terminal Facilities
Provides guidelines for the planning and design of airport terminal buildings and related access facilities. Consolidated file includes Change 1.
Note: Portions of this AC are under review for update. Please contact the National Planning and Environmental Division for assistance.
Because of the size of the document, it is available as one large file (see Complete) or as several smaller files (Part 1-4).
Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) Systems
Contains the FAA standards for the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) systems, which provides pilots with visual glideslope guidance during approach for landing.
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.
Quality Control of Construction for Airport Grant Projects
Provides information to ensure the quality of construction accomplished under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Rapid Construction of Rigid (Portland Cement Concrete) Airfield Pavements
Provides guidance for the planning, coordination, management, design, testing, inspection, and execution of rapid construction of rigid (Portland Cement Concrete) airfield pavements. This AC focuses on rigid airfield pavement construction. The material contained herein also applies to other types of airfield improvements where rapid construction is identified as the preferred construction method.
Runway Length Requirements for Airport Design
Provides design standards and guidelines for determining recommended runway lengths.
Provides guidance to assist operators in planning, designing, and constructing seaplane base facilities.
Segmented Circle Airport Marker System
Sets forth standards for a system of airport marking consisting of certain pilot aids and traffic control devices.
Specification L-854, Radio Control Equipment
Contains the specifications for radio control equipment to be used for controlling airport lighting facilities.
Specification for Airport Light Bases, Transformer Housings, Junction Boxes, and Accessories
This AC contains the specifications for airport light bases, transformer housings, junction boxes, and accessories. This AC is not intended to be a compilation of currently available product designs. It provides the basic standard requirements for critical dimensions and performance requirements to which all manufacturers must demonstrate compliance.
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 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 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.
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 L-824 Underground Electrical Cable for Airport Lighting Circuits
Describes the specification requirements for L-824 electrical cables.
Specification for L-841 Auxiliary Relay Cabinet Assembly for Pilot Control of Airport Lighting Circuits
Contains the specification requirements for a relay cabinet used to control airfield lighting circuits. The L-841 consists of an enclosure containing a direct current (DC) power supply, control circuit protection and 20 pilot relays.
Specification for L-853, Runway and Taxiway Retroreflective Markers
Contains the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards for retroreflective markers for airport runways and taxiways. Version D changes Paragraph 22.214.171.124, Cylindrical Markers, to increase the marker diameter and surface area, and Paragraph 126.96.36.199, Mounting System, to clarify Type II marker mounting and tethering requirements.
Effective six months after the issue date of this AC, only equipment qualified per these specifications will be listed in AC 150/5345-53, Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program.
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.
Specification for L-890 Airport Lighting Control and Monitoring System (ALCMS)
Specifies the minimum requirements for an Airport Lighting Control and Monitoring System (ALCMS). The ALCMS simplifies the control and monitoring of lighted visual aids and enhances airport safety. The basic function of the system remains the same whether for a general aviation airport that supports only a few operations in a day or a large commercial airport which caters to hundreds of operations on any given day.
Specification for L-893, Lighted Visual Aid to Indicate Temporary Runway Closure
Provides guidance in the design of a lighted visual aid to indicate temporary runway closure.
Specification for Obstruction Lighting Equipment
This specification sets forth the FAA requirements for obstruction lighting equipment used to increase conspicuity of structures to permit early obstruction recognition by pilots.
Specification for Portable Runway and Taxiway Lights
Contains the FAA standards for portable runway and taxiway lights and runway end identifier lights for temporary use to permit continued aircraft operations while all or part of a runway lighting system is inoperative.
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--
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.