Standards for Airport Markings
This AC contains the FAA standards for markings used on airport runways, taxiways, and aprons.
Standards for Airport Sign Systems
This AC contains the FAA standards for the siting and installation of signs on airport runways and taxiways.
Qualifications for Wildlife Biologist Conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Training Curriculums for Airport Personnel Involved in Controlling Wildlife Hazards on Airports
This AC describes the qualifications for wildlife biologists who conduct Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA) for airports, and it addresses the minimum wildlife hazard management curriculum for the initial and recurrent training of airport personnel who implement Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMPs).
Protocol for the Conduct and Review of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, Wildlife Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans
For certificated airports, this Advisory Circular (AC) defines the minimum acceptable standards for the conduct and preparation of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits (Site Visit), Wildlife Hazard Assessments (Assessments) and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (Plans). This AC provides guidelines that discuss whether a Site Visit can be conducted or whether an Assessment must be conducted under Part 139. In the case of airports that are not Part 139 certificated, this AC provides guidelines as to when a Site Visit or Assessment is recommended. The AC further defines and explains continual monitoring programs. This AC also provides checklists to help people evaluate Site Visits, Assessments and Plans.
Operational Safety on Airports During Construction
This AC sets forth guidelines for operational safety on airports during construction. This version adds notification about impacts to both airport-owned and FAA-owned NAVAIDs; adds guidance for the use of orange construction signs (including a new appendix on the placement of these signs); discusses open trenches or excavations in the taxiway safety area while the taxiway is open to aircraft operations, subject to restrictions; enhances guidance for temporary shortened runways and displaced thresholds; and improves figures.
Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) for Airport Operators
This AC provides guidance on using the NOTAM system for reporting airport facilities changes or outages and for utilizing the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix for airport condition reporting. This AC prescribes procedures used to describe, format, and disseminate information on unanticipated or temporary changes to components of, or hazards in, the National Airspace System (NAS).
Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety
This AC provides guidance to assist airport operators in developing a snow and ice control plan, assessing and reporting airport conditions through the utilization of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM), and establishing snow removal and control procedures. Consolidated version includes Change 1.
For implementation purposes, all certificated airports must submit revised Snow and Ice Control Plans to the FAA no later than September 1, 2016, for approval. The Federal NOTAM System is the primary means of conveying airport condition information by certificated and federally obligated airports. Effective October 1, 2016, the Federal NOTAM System will incorporate the new reporting criteria and methodology contained in this AC.
Airport Data and Information Program
Note: The FAA is moving toward an electronic data submission system with the implementation of the FAA’s Navigation Procedures Project (NAV Lean) solution. Sections of this AC may be used as those portions of the system become available. In the interim, please refer to the current guidance provided in AC 150/5200-35A, Submitting the Airport Master Record in Order to Activate a New Airport for paper-based data submissions.
This AC provides general guidance and information for airport owners and operators in the collection and management of data describing the physical infrastructure, characteristics, and services of their airport. This data is source material for the FAA’s aeronautical information databases, for use in the dissemination of aviation information to the public, preparation of government and private industry aeronautical charts, and related flight information publications. This AC also describes the schedule, frequency, and standards for airport inspections.
Ground Vehicle Operations to include Taxiing or Towing an Aircraft on Airports
This AC and its appendices provide guidance to airport operators about developing training programs for safe ground vehicle operations, personnel taxiing or towing an aircraft, and pedestrian control on the movement and safety areas of an airport.
This version represents a major rewrite. The AC now addresses aircraft being taxied by persons other than certificated pilots; adds a definition for Airport Operations Area; revises the definition for Non-Movement Area; replaces the term “Ramp” with “Apron” to harmonize with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 14 Volume 1; adds a definition for Vehicle or Pedestrian Deviation; provides guidance for towered airports on Part 139 requirements for people and equipment in the Runway Safety Area (RSA); calls for a Letter of Agreement at towered airports between the airport operator, the tower, and FAA Technical Operations; provides guidance on taxing and/or towing aircraft in the movement area by non-pilots; and incorporates numerous changes to format and content throughout the document.
Programs for Training of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Personnel
This AC provides information on courses and reference materials for training of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) personnel. This revision replaces Appendix 1 with an Addendum of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Training Facilities, which the FAA will update on a quarterly basis. It also removes the one minute time requirement for donning of Personal Protective Equipment and the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.
Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment
This advisory circular provides guidance to assist airport operators in the procurement of snow and ice control equipment for airport use.
Announcement of Availability of Airport-Related Research and Development Products
This AC explains how to obtain the latest airport-related research and development (R&D) products funded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Airports Organization, particularly the FAA’s Airport Technology Research and Development Branch, the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), the Innovative Pavement Research Foundation (IPRF), and the Airfield Asphalt Pavement Technology Program (AAPTP).
Reporting Wildlife Aircraft Strikes
This AC explains the importance of reporting collisions between aircraft and wildlife, more commonly referred to as wildlife strikes. It also explains recent improvements in the FAA’s Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Reporting system, how to report a wildlife strike, what happens to the wildlife strike report data, how to access the FAA National Wildlife Strike Database (NWSD), and the FAA’s Feather Identification program.
Performance Specification for Airport Vehicle Runway Incursion Warning Systems (RIWS)
This AC contains minimum performance specifications for systems and equipment airports use to provide a warning to drivers on an airfield about a potential runway incursion. This AC discusses two types of detection systems: a preconfigured, commercial off the shelf (COTS) system; and a system with custom hardware and software.
Aircraft Fuel Storage, Handling, Training, and Dispensing on Airports
Contains specifications and guidance for the storage, handling, and dispensing of aviation fuel on airports. Additionally, this AC provides standards and guidance for the training of personnel who conduct these activities.
Please see the associated Addendum for a list of companies offering courses of instruction in line service training as well as supervisory training that are acceptable to the Administrator. We will update the Addendum on a quarterly basis.
Contains the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) standards and recommendations for the geometric layout and engineering design of runways, taxiways, aprons, and other facilities at civil airports.This substantial revision fully incorporates all previous changes to AC 150/5300-13 as well as new standards and technical requirements.
Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) for Aircraft Overruns
Contains standards for the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) in runway safety areas (RSAs).
Aircraft Boarding Equipment
Contains the FAA's performance standards, specifications, and recommendations for the design, manufacture, testing and maintenance of equipment used in the boarding of airline passengers. The physical area covered in this AC is that which is bounded by the door of the passenger terminal area, on one end, to the door of the aircraft, on the other end. Although this AC refers only to aircraft boarding (enplaning), all references apply equally to disembarking (deplaning) with the described procedures occurring in reverse order.
The previous version of this AC discussed only the passenger lift scenario and associated equipment. This document updates that effort and addresses the other methods and equipment used to board an aircraft, including passenger boarding bridges, ramps, lifts, and aircraft boarding chairs.
Airport Ground Vehicle Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Squitter Equipment
Provides guidance on the development, installation, testing, approval, and maintenance of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out squitter units for airport ground vehicles. Using this AC, airports will be able to acquire approved and authorized airport ground vehicle ADS-B squitter units that are compliant with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 91, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS–B) Out Performance Requirements to Support Air Traffic Control (ATC) Service, as well as the initial set of ADS-B applications. Please note that the technical specifications for manufacturing ADS-B squitter units for airport ground vehicles are published in the FAA’s document, Vehicle Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Specification, Version 2.4, published May 1, 2012.
Contact the appropriate FAA Airport District Office or Regional Airports Division to discuss Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligibility.
Learn more about Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).
Standards for Using Remote Sensing Technologies in Airport Surveys (Consolidated to Include Change 1)
Provides guidance on the use of remote sensing technologies in the collection of data describing the physical infrastructure of an airport. This version is a substantial rewrite and includes new sections on remote sensing technologies other than aerial imagery (primarily LIDAR) for collecting airport data. See also the Airports GIS website.
Guide Specification for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles
Provides an interactive specification that airports can use in procuring Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. It describes the selection process, vehicle requirements, and how to produce formal specifications.
Airport Avian Radar Systems
Provides guidance on the use of avian radar systems to supplement an airport’s Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) and reduce the potential avian threats to aircraft.
ARFF Vehicle and High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Operation, Training and Qualifications
Provides FAA standards and recommendations for the training of airport firefighting and rescue personnel in the proper operation and tactical use of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and ARFF vehicles equipped with High Reach Extendable Turret (HRETs). This guidance includes the development of department Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) and the development of department proficiency evaluation standards.
Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Management
Provides guidance for developing and managing an airport foreign object debris (FOD) program. In addition, this AC provides specifications for the equipment used in FOD removal operations.
The described program addresses prevention, detection, removal, and evaluation as well as strategies and practices that can help reduce FOD at airports. The guidelines presented in this AC are advisory and can be implemented at the discretion of the airport operator in accordance with the airport operator’s approved Airport Certification Manual.
This AC cancels AC 150/5380-5B, Debris Hazards at Civil Airports, dated July 5, 1996.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Facilities
Provides guidance on the design, construction, and operation of aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) training facilities.