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Purchasing, Installing, & Operating Non-Federally Owned Systems


Airport Owners: The FAA will not let you operate a newly-installed non-Federal NavAid or AWOS until it's been commissioned by the NFP. The system must, among other things, meet the minimum requirements set forth in Title 14 CFR Part 171, and/or the latest version of AC 150/5220-16, Non-Federal AWOS.

  • Until the Non-Federal Program commissions your new system, it will not appear on pilots' sectional charts, nor the FAA's Digital - Chart Supplement (d-CS) [formerly titled the "Airport/Facility Directory" (A/FD)].

Commissioning Requirements

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • You may only install a NavAid (PDF), AWOS (PDF), or other system that has received FAA approval for non-Federal use in the National Airspace System.
  • You must hire an FAA-approved non-Federal technician to maintain the system.
  • You must agree to follow Non-Federal Program operations and maintenance practices.
  • You must agree to allow the Non-Federal Program to conduct regular inspections of the system.
  • The system must pass a Non-Federal Program commissioning inspection.

Avoid costly mistakes: contact a Non-Federal Program Liaison (PDF) before:

  • Purchasing, installing, or operating a new non-Federal system.
  • Moving/relocating an existing non-Federal system.
  • Planning a runway relocation project that will impact Federally-owned systems.

Prior to contacting your NFP Liaison:

After contacting your NFP Liaison, you may be asked to use these FAA resources:

  • OE/AAA Portal - Owners of new and/or existing non-Federal systems can use the "Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis" (OE/AAA) portal to electronically file the FAA's Form 7460-1, Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration, and FAA Form 7460-2, Supplemental Notice (if necessary).
  • Spectrum "WebFCR" Tool - The "Frequency-Coordination Request" (FCR) tool allows owners of new and/or existing non-Federal systems to:
    • Request information from the FAA, to support your FCC application for a new radio-frequency license.
    • Request FAA validation of an exisiting radio frequency that has exipired.
    • Alert FAA to the change in system location, which may affect its radio signal.
  • FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) - Owners can use this site to apply for a new facility license, renew or modify an existing license, manage licenses and applications -- and more.

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