CertAlerts for Part 139 Airport Certification

CertAlerts give the FAA Airports Safety and Operations Division a quick way of providing additional guidance on Part 139 Airport Certification and related issues to FAA inspectors and staff. If you have questions about a particular CertAlert, please see the appropriate CertAlert Log for contact information.

CertAlert Logs


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CertAlerts by Number and Title
Number Title
23-07 Availability of Fluorine Free Foam (F3) on the Navy’s Qualified Products List (QPL)
23-06 Review and/or Revision of Aircraft Towing/Ground Handling Procedures for the Safety of the Wing and/or Tail Walkers
23-05 Release of Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5210-23A, ARFF Vehicle and High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Operation, Training and Qualifications, and Addendum
23-04 Jet Fuel Contamination with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)
23-03 Airport-Owned Approach Lighting System Oversight
See also Awareness of and Guidance on Maintaining Airport-Owned Approach Lighting Systems and Visual (Including Lighted Navigational) Aids
23-02 Airport Safety Management System
23-01 New Military Specification for Performance-Based Standards for Fluorine-Free Aircraft Fire Fighting Foam (updated 8/28/2023)
Note: Updated Par. 2c to clarify that perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) may be present in AFFF as a byproduct of manufacture, but are no longer intentionally added.
22-09 Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) Additional Emphasis and Procedure Awareness for Airport Operators
Note: This CertAlert cancels CertAlerts 18-04 and 18-07
22-08 Deicing/Anti-Icing Product Awareness
22-07 Movement Area Training and Situational Awareness
22-06 Awareness Video for Collecting and Reporting Wildlife Strikes with Aircraft
22-05 Inspection and Maintenance of In-Pavement Equipment
22-04 Awareness Video and Requirements Associated with Protection of NAVAIDs (added 10/7/2022)
22-03 Self-Inspections and Foreign Object Debris (FOD)
22-02 Airport Emergency Exercise Coordination
22-01 Publication announcement of Advisory Circular (AC)150/5200-28G, Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) for Airport Operators (PDF)
21-07 NOTAM examples for Airport Operations/Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Frequency Monitoring During Air Traffic Contingency Operations (PDF) (updated 12/20/2021)
Note: Updated Purpose statement to clarify that NOTAM examples should be used when an air traffic facility has an unplanned and immediate closure during, not outside of, normal hours of operation.
21-06 Release Announcement of the Preparing For Airport Winter Operations Video (PDF) 
21-05 Part 139 Extinguishing Agent Requirements 
21-04 Updated Guidance for Airport Emergency Plans (AEP) under 14 CFR Part 139.325(b)(7) (PDF) 
21-03 Deployment of Automated Closure/Restriction Notice Diagrams (CND) for Airports (PDF) 
21-02 Reserved
21-01 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Testing at Certificated Part 139 Airports (PDF) 
20-03 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Examples when Closing Runway(s) and/or Taxiway(s) to Temporarily Park Aircraft
20-02 (updated) Temporary Parking of Overflow Aircraft (PDF) (updated 3/24/2020)
Note: Revisions are marked in the document.
20-01 Required Training for Vehicle Operators Prior to Accessing the Movement Area
19-04 Non-Compliant Fire Service Plus Product FireAde Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) (PDF)
19-03 Recall of Non-Compliant Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) (PDF) - Cancelled by 19-04
19-02 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Testing at Certificated Part 139 Airports (PDF) - Cancelled by 21-01
19-01 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Testing at Certificated Part 139 Airports - Cancelled by 19-02
18-07 NOTAM Procedure Awareness Associated with Winter Operations (PDF- Cancelled by 22-09
Note: Paragraph 2d was revised to indicate the expected release of Order 7930.2S.
18-06 Clarification of Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training (PDF)
18-05 Handling Aircraft with Smoke, Odors, and/or Fumes (PDF)
18-04 Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) Additional Emphasis for Airport Operators (PDF - Cancelled by 22-09
18-03 Clarification of Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training - Cancelled by 18-06
18-02 Reminders for Using the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) (PDF)
18-01 Minimizing Operational Impacts During Snow and Ice Control Events (PDF)
17-01 Fueling Vehicle Fire Safety Notice (PDF)
16-10 Announcement of Publication of New Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-28F, Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) for Airport Operators (PDF)
16-09 Particles in Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Tanks on Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles and AFFF Storage Tanks
Note: Thank you for participating in our survey. The online survey is now closed. If you need to report particulates, please see the CertAlert for instructions and contact information.
16-08 Announcement of a Ban on All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Devices from Air Transportation in the United States (PDF)
16-07 Personnel and Equipment in the Runway Safety Area (RSA) (PDF)
16-06 Announcement of the Take Off and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Initiative Implementation Date and Time (PDF)
16-05 Update on Mil-Spec Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
16-04 Informational Webinars on Airport Condition Reporting and the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM)
16-03 Recommended Wildlife Exclusion Fencing (PDF)
16-02 Airport Snow and Ice Control Plan Revision
16-01 Operational Safety During Snow Removal Activities (PDF)
14-03 Preventive Maintenance of In-Pavement Lighting Systems (PDF)
14-02 Increase in the Numbers of Vehicles and/or Equipment Inadvertently Hitting and Damaging Airplanes in the Ramp/Gate Areas (PDF)
14-01 Seasonal Mitigation of Hazardous Species at Airports: Attention to Snowy Owls (PDF)
13-06 Field Condition Reporting (FICON) Limitations When Using the NOTAM Manager System Drop-Down List - Cancelled
13-05 Publication Announcement: JO 7930.2N, Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) - Cancelled
13-04 Additional Precautions for Approaching Aircraft with Ballistic Parachutes, Ejection Seats, and Airbags
13-03 Coordination of High Risk Flight Test Activities at Airports (PDF)
13-02 Final Rule: Safety Enhancements, Certification of Airports (78 FR 3311) - Cancelled
13-01 Federal and State Depredation Permit Assistance
12-06 Ground Vehicle Operations on Airports -- Increase in the Numbers of Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviations (V/PDs) and Runway Incursions (RIs) in the Last Two Quarters of FY 2012 - Cancelled
12-05 FAA Safety Inspections of Joint Use Airport (JUA) Facilities Using Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Determining ARFF Compliance with Part 139 Requirements
12-04 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety Alert about SCBA Face Piece Lenses - Cancelled
12-03 Change 1 to Advisory Circular 150/5200-30C, Airport Winter Safety and Operations - Cancelled
12-02 NOTAM Transition - Cancelled
12-01 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled
11-04 Announcement of Order JO 7930.2M, Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), Change 2; Notice JO 7930.93, Reporting of Field Conditions (FICON); and Notice JO 7930.94, Use of 'Work in Progress' in Notices to Airmen - Cancelled by 13-05
11-03 Clarification on Winter Operations Pavement Assessment Reporting in the NOTAM System - Cancelled
11-02 Identifying Mil-Spec Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) - Cancelled
11-01 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 12-01
10-03 Extension of Airport Emergency Plan Submission Date to June 30, 2011 - Cancelled
10-02 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 11-01
10-01 Interpretation of the Term 'Consecutive Calendar Months' as Used in Part 139, Certification of Airports (PDF)
09-17 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 10-02
09-16 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Product Recall - Cancelled
09-15 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 09-17
09-14 IAFC Releases Two New Alternative Fuels Training Packages for First Responders - Cancelled
09-13 Aircraft Surface Excursions During Winter Operations - Cancelled
09-12 Airport Planning for Pandemic flu including H1N1 (Swine Flu) Update - Cancelled
09-11 Safety During Construction and Reducing Runway Incursions - Cancelled
09-10 Wildlife Hazard Assessments in Accordance with Part 139 Requirements - Cancelled
09-09 Airport Planning for Pandemic Flu Including H1N1 (Swine Flu) - Cancelled by 09-12
09-08 Composites Training and Information (PDF)
09-07 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Facilities - Update - Cancelled
09-06 Closing Active Runway for FOD Checks Increases Safe Operations - Cancelled
09-05 Reporting Declared Distances to Aeronautical Information Services (PDF)
09-04 Aircraft Surface Excursions During Winter Operations - Cancelled by 09-13
09-03 Availability of the Advisory Circular on Airport Winter Safety and Operations - Cancelled
09-02 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 09-15
09-01 Notice to Users of Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Air Mask Equipment - Cancelled
08-12 Safety Risks for Operating Supertugs (TLTV) in the Movement Area and Air Operations Area (AOA) when Towing Large Air Carrier Aircraft - Cancelled
08-11 NTSB Recommendations for Clear and Concise Airport Communications - Cancelled
08-10 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 09-02
08-09 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 08-10
08-08 Interpretation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 407 Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing paragraph - Cancelled
08-07 Guidance on the High-Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) - Cancelled
08-06 Super-tug Operations on Part 139 airports (All surfaces) - Cancelled
08-05 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 08-09
08-04 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 08-05
08-03 Status of the Cessna 208B Caravan and the Applicability of 14 CFR Part 139 to Airports that It Serves in Scheduled Commercial Operations
08-02 AC 150-5200-28D, Notices to Airmen for Airport Operators (NOTAMs) - Cancelled
08-01 AC 150-5200-28D, Notices to Airmen for Airport Operators (NOTAMs) - Cancelled
07-11 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled by 08-04
07-10 Vehicle Pedestrian Deviation Runway Incursions - Cancelled
07-09 Class D Fire Fighting Agents – Update
Cancels Certalert 07-08.
07-06 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled
07-05 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled
07-04 Fuel Safety Training - Update - Cancelled
07-03 Part 139 Airport Inactive Status
07-02 U.S Government Employees/Contractors Seeking Unescorted Motor Vehicle Access to the Movement Area at a Part 139 Certificated Airport are Required to Meet the Specific Airport's Movement Area Access Requirements - Cancelled
07-01 Need for Better Dissemination of Runway/Taxiway Closure Information and Construction on an Airport - Cancelled
06-08 NFPA 407/2007 Edition - Cancelled
06-07 Requests by State Wildlife Agencies to Facilitate and Encourage Habitat for State-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species and Species of Special Concern on Airports (PDF)
06-06 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Schools - Cancelled Certalerts 4-10 and 4-17. Cancelled by 09-07.
06-05 Stop Runway Incursions and Surface Incidents Now - Cancelled
06-04 P-23 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle - Cancelled
06-03 Embraer 170/190 (ERJ 170/190) ARFF Door Operation Notice - Cancelled
06-02 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Meeting MIL-F-24385 - Cancelled
06-01 Issuance of SAMS 23 - Cancelled
04-18 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Facility Pool Size (Fixed and Mobile) (MS Word)
04-16 Deer Hazard to Aircraft and Deer Fencing - Cancelled by CertAlert 16-03
04-12 Dry Chemical Systems Inspection and Maintenance (MS Word)
02-08 PAPI Operation (MS Word)
02-07 Air Show Event Ground Operations Plan (MS Word)
02-04 Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Concentrations, Restrictions, and Other User Guidelines (MS Word, 2.05 MB)
02-01 Aircraft Departing/Landing on Closed Runways (MS Word)
01-03 Magnetic Variation
00-03 Use of the term 'Stopway' (PDF)
00-01 Public Safety Personnel Operating in the Movement Area (PDF)
98-05 Grasses Attractive To Hazardous Wildlife (PDF)
98-03 ARFF Index (PDF)
98-02 Airports with Less than Full-time ARFF Coverage (PDF)
97-10 Snow Removal (PDF)
97-09 Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Outline (PDF) (cancelled 2/7/2020)
97-08 Friction Testing Vehicles (PDF)
97-02 FAA/ADC Relationship - Cancelled

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Preparing for Airport Winter Operations video

Airport Safety Information Video Series

Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor Video

Control of Fuel System Icing Inhibitor and Diesel Exhaust Fluid at Airports

FAA Disclaimer: The Energy Institute (EI) produced the video. The EI is a non-profit chartered professional membership body, based in the United Kingdom, that brings together professionals working globally across the energy sector. The body works to address global challenges and uses their skills and knowledge to suggest safety practices that also protect the environment. The FAA encourages users of the aviation system to clearly and safely label Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor and keep them stored in separate areas, to avoid any accidental mixing of fluids.
Last updated: Friday, September 15, 2023