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Eastern Region - Airport Compliance

Airport Compliance Program

The FAA is responsible for ensuring airport owners' compliance with their Federal obligations through its Airport Compliance Program. Eastern Region's airport compliance efforts are based on the contractual obligations, which an airport owner accepts when receiving Federal grant funds or the transfer of Federal property for airport purposes. These obligations are incorporated in grant agreements and instruments of conveyance in order to protect the public's interest in civil aviation and to ensure compliance with Federal laws.

FAA Order 5190.6A covers all aspects of the airport compliance program except enforcement procedures.

Formal enforcement procedures regarding airport compliance matters, are reviewed by filing a complaint under FAA Rules of Practice for Federally Assisted Airport Proceedings (14 CFR Part 16) for complaints filed as of December 16, 1996. For complaints filed before December 16, 1996, Investigative and Enforcement Procedures, 14 CFR Part 13 were followed.

Informal procedures used in Eastern Region to resolve potential noncompliance is handled cooperatively between the Airport District Offices and the Regional Compliance Program Manager. These cases include issues such as exclusive rights, discriminatory issues, lease and minimum standards review, and disputes on rates and charges and revenue diversion.

In addition to the above mentioned compliance activity, Eastern Region is responsible for assuring timely compliance with the required Airport Financial report (forms 5100-125, 5100-126) submissions. The region together with the Airport District Offices ensure the submittal of these reports from sixty airports and provide brief review and follow-up with Washington Headquarters with issues that could be potential violations of the FAA Airport Revenue Use Policy.

National Policy and Resources

Airport sponsors agree to certain obligations when they accept Federal grant funds or Federal property transfers for airport purposes. The FAA enforces these obligations through its Airport Compliance Program.

Airport Compliance Program

Policy on Airport Rates & Charges

Compliance Reviews of Airport Noise Land Use & Financial Operations

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Federal Register Notices

Airport Compliance
Subject/Title Date
Policy on the Non-aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars (81 FR 38906) (PDF) 6/15/2016
Notice of Policy on Evaluating Disputed Changes of Sponsorship at Federally Obligated Airports (81 FR 36144) (PDF) 6/6/2016
Petition of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (AOPA) To Amend FAA Policy Concerning Flying Club Operations at Federally-Obligated Airports (81 FR 13719) (PDF) - [See Docket No. FAA-2015-2022] (GOV) 3/21/2016
Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue: Proceeds from Taxes on Aviation Fuel (79 FR 66282) (PDF) 11/7/2014
Policy on the Non-aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars; Extension of Comments (79 FR 54223) (PDF) - Comment period extended to October 6, 2014. 9/11/2014
Policy on the Non-aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars (79 FR 42483) (PDF) 6/22/2014
Notice of Proposed Changes to Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue; Proceeds from Taxes on Aviation Fuel (79 FR 5318) (PDF) - Comment period extended to March 3, 2014 1/31/2014
Rules of Practice for Federally-Assisted Airport Enforcement Proceedings (78 FR 56135) (PDF) - Effective November 12, 2013 9/12/2013
Policy Regarding Airport Rates and Charges (78 FR 55330) (PDF) 9/10/2013
Policy Regarding Access to Airports from Residential Property (78 FR 42419) (PDF) 7/16/2013
Proposed Policy Regarding Access to Airports from Residential Property (77 FR 42419) (PDF) 7/30/2012
Airport Improvement Program (AIP): Use of Mineral Revenue at Certain Airports (77 FR 30350) (PDF) 5/22/2012
Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue: Petition of the Clark County Department of Aviation to Use a Weight-Based Air Service Incentive Program (77 FR 21146) (PDF) 4/9/2012
Notice of Proposed Policy Airport Improvement Program (AIP): Policy Regarding Access to Airports From Residential Property (75 FR 54946) (PDF) 9/9/2010
Final FAA Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue (64 FR 7696) (PDF) 2/16/1999
Airport Privatization Pilot Program: Application Procedures (62 FR 48693) (PDF) 9/16/1997
More Federal Register Notices

Regional Contacts and Supplemental Guidance

Additional References

Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Reports
Number Title
Synthesis 144 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Airports: A Primer
Report 138 Preventive Maintenance at General Aviation Airports Volume 1 and Volume 2
Report 121 Innovative Revenue Strategies - An Airport Guide
Legal Research Digest 23 Guide for Compliance with Grant Agreement Obligations to Provide Reasonable Access to an AIP-Funded Public Use General Aviation Airport
Legal Research Digest 14 Achieving Airport-Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous Obstructions in Navigable Airspace
Legal Research Digest 2 Theory and Law of Airport Revenue Diversion
Legal Research Digest 13 An Index and Digest of Decisions: Compilation of Airport Law Resources
Legal Research Digest 21 Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012

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