Non-Federal NavAids, AWOS & Other Systems


August 23, 2022 – Before a sponsor may establish, relocate, upgrade, or replace a non-federal system, they must submit an FAA Form 7460-1, “Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration.” Contact your Non-federal Program Liaison for guidance.

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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 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)


Last updated: Thursday, February 22, 2024