Non-Federal Program for NavAids, AWOS & Other Systems


February 24, 2022 – Before the sponsor of a non-federal system may establish, relocate, upgrade/replace it, the FAA must conduct a siting study. Sponsors can initiate a siting study by contacting their Non-Federal Program Liaison & requesting guidance on submitting FAA Form 7460-1, "Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration."

Examples of non-federal systems. From left to right: aircraft flying over an approach lighting system, Automated Weather Observing System, V H F Omni-Directional Ranges, air traffic control tower, insturment landing system

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.

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 (PDF) 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)


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Last updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2022