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1 Aerodrome Certification Workshop The Federal Aviation Administration Ben Castellano, Manager, Airport Safety and Operations Division

2 Overview of the US Airport System Airports in the US are generally owned and operated by: –Local governments (city or counties) –State governments –Port Authorities –Airport Authorities

3 Overview (contd) Total Civil Landing Areas19,796 Private-use14,555 (4983 heliports) Open-to-Public 5,241 (77 heliports) Airports - scheduled service789 international 87

4 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

5 Overview (contd ) Activity at Busiest US Airports Total Passengers CY 2000 Atlanta-Hartsfield 78.6 million Chicago – OHare 67.7.million Los Angeles Intl 64.3 million Total Operations FY 2001 Chicago – OHare 927,896 Atlanta – Hartsfield 898,899 Dallas/Ft. Worth 835,748

6 Federal Framework Dept. of Transportation reports to President of United States Federal Aviation Administration under the Dept. of Transportation –Primary concerns are: Aviation safety Air traffic control

7 Federal Framework Associate Administrator for Airports reports to the FAA Administrator –Airport Certification –Airport Capacity –Administration of Grant Programs –Airport Standards and Design

8 Airport Certification 1972 – Congress authorized the FAA to certificate airports that received both scheduled and unscheduled air carrier service with more than 30 passenger seats.

9 Airport Certification 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

10 Airport Certification Airports must develop an AIRPORT CERTIFICATION MANUAL explaining how they will comply with Part 139 The MANUAL must be approved by the FAA Periodic Inspections by FAA

11 Airport Certification FACILITIES AND PROCEDURES INSPECTED Pavement Conditions Safety Areas Lighting, Marking, Signs Fueling Facilities Traffic & Wind Indicators Ground Vehicles/Driver Training

12 Airport Certification Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Bird & Wildlife Hazards Self-inspection Procedures Airport Condition Assessment/Reporting Control of Hazards from Construction Emergency Plan Snow Removal Plan

13 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 Part 8, Airport Operational Services, ICAO Airport Services Manual recommends 4 inspections daily for runways.

14 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 ops people do their job.

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 The Inspection Types of inspections –Initial –Annual –Surveillance

19 The Annual Inspection Airports with scheduled air carrier service – annually Airports with only unscheduled air carrier service – 18 months Airports certificated but no air carrier service – 24 months

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

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

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

23 Airport Certification


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