Comments on Airport Master Plan AC Sought

On June 21, the FAA issued a draft version of Change 2 to Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans. As noted in its letter to industry, Change 2 includes a modest set of modifications to the current AC that are needed to bring the AC into compliance with statutory provisions included in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

The FAA is accepting comments regarding the AC through July 22. FAA has requested the submittal of industry comments in this tabular format.

The changes include the following:

  • A new requirement to assess passenger convenience in the development of proposed airport passenger terminal designs. This requirement was imposed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act.
  • Additional details regarding factors that should be considered when assessing airport terminal, general aviation, air cargo facilities, aviation support (including deicing), utilities, and ground access facility requirements.

Based on our initial review, none of the proposed changes in the draft AC are particularly objectionable. Please let us know if you think otherwise.

As a reminder, FAA is also seeking comments regarding two other draft ACs

Comments regarding both of these ACs are due to FAA by Tuesday, July 9. ACI-NA has reviewed both documents, but have not identified any areas of specific concern regarding the FAA's proposed revisions.  

Please contact Chris Oswald (coswald@aci-na.org) or Matt Griffin (mgriffin@aci-na.org) if you have questions or would like to submit comments for incorporation into ACI-NA's consolidated responses regarding any of the three draft ACs.

For inclusion in ACI-NA's consolidated comments, member comments regarding ACs 150/5300-14C and 150/5395-1A should be sent to ACI-NA as soon as possible. Comments regarding AC 150/5070-6B should be sent to us no later than July 18.

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This briefing has been sent to members of the the Operations & Technical Affairs, Small Airports, and Environmental Affairs committees as well as the General Aviation Working Group.