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1 Federal Aviation Administration Aerodrome Certification Program The International Conference on Modern Airport Management March 26, 2003

2 A Brief Look at the Federal Government Legislative Branch –House of Representatives –Senate Executive Branch –Various Department to implement the laws passed by the congress –Department of Transportation includes: Federal Aviation Administration Other transportation administrations

3 A Brief Look at the Federal Government Judicial Branch –Supreme Court –Other lessor Federal courts

4 A Brief Look at the Federal Government In 1972 Congress passed a law which states: The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall issue an airport operating certificate to a person desiring to operate an airport that serves an air carrier operating aircraft designed for at least 31 passenger seats. (49 USC 44706)

5 A Brief Look at the Federal Government To implement the law passed by Congress, the appropriate department in the Executive Branch writes a regulation. FAA wrote and adopted 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 139 which applies to the certification of airports in the United States.

6 The Federal Aviation Administration Is part of the Department of Transportation Is responsible for all facets of aviation safety. Major Offices in FAA: –Air Traffic –Flight Standards –Airways Facilities –Security (Enforcement only) –Airports

7 Federal Aviation Administration

8 FAA Office of Airports Has approximately 480 people nationwide –Approximately 90 in Headquarters Responsible for _ Airport Certification/Safety –Airport Standards –Airport Grant Program

9 FAA Office of Airports Has 9 regional offices throughout the country. Each regional office is responsible to make sure that the policy and standards of the headquarters is carried out. The regional offices have direct contact with the airport owners.

10 Airports Organization

11 Overview of the US Airport System Airports in the US are generally owned and operated by: –Local governments –State governments –Port Authorities –Airport Authorities –Private Entities

12 Overview (contd) Total Civil Landing Areas19,796 Private-use14,555 (4983 heliports) Open-to-Public 5,241 (77 heliports) Airports - Scheduled service750 International 87

13 Overview (contd) The System Serves: 217,533 General Aviation Aircraft 4,801 Commercial Jets 2,427 Commuter aircraft 649,957 Licensed Airmen 710 million enplaned passengers 91% domestic 9% international

14 Overview (contd) Activity at the Busiest US Airports Total Passengers CY 2001 Atlanta-Hartsfield 74.3 million Chicago – OHare 63.1 million Los Angeles Intl 58.7 million Total Operations FY 2002 Chicago – OHare 901,703 Atlanta – Hartsfield 882,407 Dallas/Ft. Worth 762,371

15 Overview (contd) Civil and military airport systems are separate Only one airspace system for greater safety Dept. of Defense has about 210 airfields Roughly 16,000 military aircraft Joint use - 17 military airfields

16 Airport Certification Requirements Airports served by passenger aircraft with more than 30 seats require a special AIRPORT OPERATING CERTIFICATE –Federal Aviation Regs Part 139 –570 civil airports & 100 military airfields

17 Airport Certification Process Airports must develop an AIRPORT CERTIFICATION MANUAL explaining how they will comply with Part 139. Airports must make application for an Airport Operating Certificate. Submit application and two copies of the Airport Certification Manual to the FAA.

18 Airport Certification Process Initial Inspection to ensure compliance with procedures contained in the Airport Certification Manual. The Airport Certification Manual is approved by the FAA. The FAA issues an Airport Operating Certificate. Periodic inspections by FAA to ensure continued compliance with the regulation.

19 The Inspection Types of inspections –Initial –Periodic –Surveillance

20 The Initial Inspection Inspection to ensure: –Airfield Compliance –Airport Compliance with Airport Certification Manual

21 The Periodic Inspection Airports with scheduled air carrier service – 12 months Airports with only unscheduled air carrier service – 18 months Airports certificated but no air carrier service – 24 months

22 The Surveillance Inspection Unannounced inspection Usually involves specific purpose, for example to test aircraft rescue and fire fighting response

23 The Inspection Inspector reviews –Airport certification manual –Emergency plan –Training records Physically inspects runways and taxiways Does night time inspection Test ARFF response

24 Enforcement Actions Administrative penalty –Letter of Correction –Letter of Warning Civil penalty –Fine of $1,000 USD per day –Suspension –Revocation

25 AIRPORT CERTIFICATION FACILITIES AND PROCEDURES INSPECTED Personnel Paved areas Safety Areas Marking, Lighting, and Signs Snow and Ice Control Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

26 AIRPORT CERTIFICATION Traffic and Wind Indicators Emergency Plan Self-inspection Procedures Ground Vehicles Obstructions Protection of Navaids Public Protection Wildlife Hazard Management

27 AIRPORT CERTIFICATION Airport Condition Reporting Construction Non-Complying Conditions

28 Self-Inspection Procedures Airport Operations personnel: –On the airfield every day –Need to know the requirements –Usually first to notice a problem Airport Inspectors: –On the airport only 1 time during the year –Should not find problems if the airport operations personnel do their job.

29 Self-Inspection Procedures Section requires the certificate holder to inspect the airport –At least once Daily –During construction activities –After severe storms –After an accident

30 The Airport Certification Safety Inspector Approximately 35 inspectors located throughout USA in regional offices Rotate the airports assigned every 3 years All inspectors receive basic training and annual recurrent training

31 The Airport Certification Safety Inspector Basic Training – 3 weeks –Part 139 Regulation –Signing, Marking, Lighting –Fueling inspections –Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting –Pavement Maintenance –Obstruction Evaluation –Accident Investigation

32 The Airport Certification Safety Inspector Additional Training –40 hours aircraft rescue and fire fighting training including hot fire drill –Enforcement actions –On the Job training Approximately 1 year to get ACSI credential

33 Findings All Airports are different Airport Certification Manuals should be established so that these differences are addressed

34 AIRPORT SAFETY AND CERTIFICATION DIVISION Edward L. Dorsett, A.A.E. OFFICE - (202) FACSIMILE - (202) Internet: FAA Airports Website - Federal Aviation Administration

35 QUESTIONS


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