Engineering, Design, and Construction

New England Regional Airports Division


Engineering staff is responsible for airport engineering standards, configuration, design, equipment, and operations criteria at civil airports. The staff ensures adherence to standards for the construction and maintenance of airport facilities. They provide guidance, standards, and specifications relating to airport pavement design, construction, and maintenance. They are also responsible for modifications to FAA design standards.

Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 77 and airport grant Assurances require that all such construction located on an airport be coordinated with FAA prior to commencement, using FAA Form 7460-1, "Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration" - even if the proposed improvement is depicted on the approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP). This is because the FAA must determine that the height, layout and composition of the structure are consistent with the ALP, and that it will not obstruct the navigable airspace or adversely affect such FAA facilities as navigational aids or buried cables.

Off Airport Construction/Alterations

Off-airport structures and/or alterations which might affect the navigable airspace are also covered under FAR Part 77. A Form 7460-1 should be provided to those proponents as well, but all inquiries should be submitted directly to the Air Traffic Organization. Please follow the link below for an appropriate point of contact for these evaluations.

National Policy and Guidance

Last updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2022