Non-Federal NavAids, AWOS & Other Systems
What is the FAA's Non-Federal Program?
The FAA's Non-Federal Program regulates most non-federally owned Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS), aerial navigation aids (NavAids), and certain other systems. The Non-Federal Program oversees their technical specifications, commissioning, operation, and maintenance. The program also oversees the non-federally employed technicians who maintain those systems.
"Non-Federal" refers to entities other than the Federal Government. Examples include U.S territories, states, local governments, companies, and individuals.
- Overview: What does the FAA Non-Federal Program do and how does it benefit airports and the public?
- How do I contact the Non-Federal Program?
- What is the process for installing/establishing a non-federal system? (PDF)
Avoid Costly Mistakes!
The non-federal process can be complicated, as can the associated rules and policies.
Avoid wasting time and money: always consult your Non-Federal Program liaison before:
- Purchasing or installing a new non-federal system.
- Relocating or upgrading/replacing an existing non-federal system
- Seeking qualifications to maintain a non-federal system.
- Marketing a system as "non-federal."
For additional tips, read our guide on how to Avoid Costly Mistakes: What You Should Know Before Buying a NavAid, AWOS or Other System (PDF)
Plan a non-federal project
- Technician of Record
Information about maintaining non-federally owned systems, including AWOS
- Manufacturers & Vendors
Learn how to request FAA approval for non-federal use of your system
- AWOS Owners
Learn valuable information on buying, operating, & maintaining AWOS