What is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Non-Federal Program?
The FAA's Non-Federal Program regulates most non-Federally owned Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) and aerial navigation aids (NavAids). Specifically, the FAA Non-Federal Program oversees these systems' 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?
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.
- 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)