Section 4. Non-Federal NAVAIDs


The FAA's role regarding non-Federal NAVAIDs is to assist sponsors proposing to establish or relocate such aids by providing technical planning, minimum equipment and operational standards, and processing requirements for such proposals. The operation of non-Federal navigation facilities involving the approval of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and air traffic control procedures must be in accordance with minimum requirements set forth in Part 171 and the FAA's 6700 series of Orders.


The proponent requesting the establishment or relocation of a non-Federal NAVAIDs, as defined in Part 171, should provide the following information:

  1. The site of the NAVAIDs using geographical coordinates to the nearest hundredth second.
  2. Equipment type.
  3. Power output.
  4. Frequency range.
  5. Any other pertinent information.

Requests received for establishment of a non-Federal NAVAID must be forwarded to the appropriate Technical Operations service area office for initial processing.

  1. Technical Operations Services, Technical Operations service area offices are responsible for the overall regional/service area office coordination with the sponsor. Advice should be provided to sponsors on the minimum equipment and operational performance standards, siting requirements, and the conditions prerequisite to use of the navigational facility for any IFR procedure. Additionally:
  1. Evaluate the proposal to determine frequency availability, the potential interference effects on existing/planned electronic and visual aids to navigation, and possible electromagnetic interference to radio communications frequencies.
  2. Forward the proposal to the service area office, FPT and the Airports Divisions for appropriate evaluation and nonrulemaking action.
  3. Request the sponsor to submit any additional information needed for the study.
  4. Request the FPT to complete the necessary processing of the proposed IFR procedure.
  5. Coordinate with Flight Inspection Operations office as necessary to complete appropriate flight inspection.
  1. Air traffic. If the sponsor has requested establishment and approval of an IFR procedure predicated on the proposed facility, the service area office must:
  1. Ensure that the necessary ATC communications can be satisfied.
  2. Request the appropriate Airports, Technical Operations service area office, and Flight Standards Divisions, and FPT to study the proposal.
  3. Examine the proposal regarding utilization of the airspace, aeronautical operations, and air traffic control procedures.
  1. Airports Programs. The appropriate Airports Division will evaluate the proposal in reference to existing airports and planned airport development on file with the agency.
  2. Flight Standards. The appropriate Flight Standards Office is the focal point for studying the effect of the proposed non-Federal NAVAID on existing or proposed VFR operations.
  3. FPT. The appropriate FPT is the focal point for studying the effect of the proposed non-Federal NAVAID on existing or proposed IFR operations. In developing IFR procedures, FPT personnel are responsible for:
  1. Determining whether their respective requirements outlined in Part 171 and Order 8260.3, United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), have been satisfied.
  2. Advising the appropriate air traffic office of the results of its study.
  3. Initiating development of required IFR procedures.

The appropriate service area office will circularize the proposal to all interested persons for comment if the Technical Operations service area office, Airports Division, and FPTs responses are favorable. Any internal FAA problem with the proposal must be resolved prior to the circularization.


When public comments indicate that further discussion is warranted, consideration should be given to scheduling an informal airspace meeting to solicit additional input on the proposal.


The appropriate service area office must, based upon the results of the study, determine whether there are any objections to the installation or relocation of the NAVAID and so advise the originating Technical Operations service area office. The Technical Operations service area office must then forward the determination approval or disapproval to the sponsor. If the determination is favorable, the service area office must initiate the airspace regulatory action necessary for the IFR procedure.


Copies of the determination issued to the sponsor must be forwarded to ARN-1, Spectrum Assignment and Engineering Services, and to the Support Services Branch of the FCC.