FAA Issues CertAlert for Airport Snow and Ice Control Plan Revision

This afternoon, the FAA released a National Part 139 CertAlert notification which includes an updated Snow and Ice Control Plan (SICP) template to assist airports with revising their Airport Certification Manual (ACM) to reflect the new Runway Condition Assessment Matrix methodology, as found in Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-30D, Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety

AC 150/5200-30D  provides guidance in developing a snow and ice control plan, assessing and reporting field conditions through the utilization of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM), and establishing snow removal and control procedures.  Effective October 1, 2016, the Federal NOTAM System will incorporate the new reporting criteria and methodology contained in the AC.  Additionally, the AC notes that all Part 139 certificated airports must submit revised Snow and Ice Control Plans (SICP) to the FAA no later than September 1, 2016 for approval.  

ACI-NA continues to have significant concerns related to the AC and is planning to raise these concerns at the upcoming Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) meeting scheduled this upcoming Thursday, August 4, 2016 in the Washington, DC area.  Specific actions we are planning to raise will include requesting FAA to make NOTAM Manager available immediately in a ‘sandbox mode’ for airport operator familiarization and training; provide a detailed plan for airport operator outreach regarding NOTAM manager and its use in conjunction with new field condition reporting requirements, including dates for coordination activities and teleconferences; establish regular coordination calls with the airport operator community to assess its readiness to implement the changes in field condition reporting safely in the coming eight weeks; and delay implementation of the changes in the event their safe implementation cannot be assured.   

In the meantime, for those airports interested RCAM training courses are now available through both ACI Online Learning Center and Zodiac Arresting Systems.

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