Airports Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The Airports organization is developing Standard Operating Procedures for high-value field activities. Standardizing these activities will create efficiencies, increase quality control, and ensure consistency in the way we administer programs across the country.

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For fillable versions of tools included in these SOPs, please see the SOP Tools table below.

Final SOPs
SOP No. Title Effective Date
1.00 FAA Evaluation of Sponsor's Construction Safety and Phasing Plans Funded by the AIP or PFC Programs (PDF) Oct. 1, 2013
2.00 Standard Procedure for FAA Review and Approval of Airport Layout Plans (ALPs) (PDF) Oct. 1, 2013
3.00 Standard Operating Procedure for FAA Review of Exhibit 'A' Airport Property Inventory Maps (PDF) Oct. 1, 2013
4.00 Standard Operating Procedure for Safety Risk Management (SRM) Under the FAA Office of Airports Safety Management System (SMS) (PDF) Sept. 1, 2014
5.1 Standard Operating Procedure for CATEX Determinations Jun. 2, 2017
6.00 Standard Operating Procedure for FAA Review and Approval of an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant Application (PDF) Oct. 1, 2015
7.00 Standard Operating Procedure for Airport Improvement Program Construction Project Change Orders (PDF) Oct. 1, 2015
8.00 Standard Operating Procedure for Runway Safety Area Determination (PDF) Jan. 1, 2016
9.2 Standard Operating Procedure for FAA Aeronautical Study, Coordination and Evaluation (PDF) May 25, 2022
10.00 Administrative Closeout of Airport Improvement Program Grants (PDF) Oct. 1, 2017
11.00 Consultant Fee Analysis (PDF) Oct. 1, 2018
SOP Tools
Tool Related SOP
Construction Safety Phasing Plan Checklist (MS Word) 1.00
FAA Review of Construction Plans and Specifications for AIP Funded Projects (PDF) 1.00
ALP Approval Letters Template (MS Word) 2.00
ALP Review Checklist (MS Word) 2.00
Exhibit A Checklist (MS Word) 3.00
Exhibit A - Example Table Templates and Background Information (MS Excel) 3.00
Documented CATEX Form (MS Word) 5.1
AIP Grant Application Checklist (MS Word) 6.00
Runway Safety Area Inventory for Non-Certificated Airports (MS Word) 8.00
RSA Determination Form (MS Word) 8.00
Sponsor Grant Closeout Worksheet (MS Word) 10.00
Closeout Documentation Review Checklist (MS Word) 10.00
Final Project Report and Cost Tracking Sheets (MS Excel) 10.00
The SOP checklists and tools are fillable.


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Last updated: Friday, June 9, 2023