FAA Modifying AIP Grant Assurances

Executive Summary: The FAA published a notice in the Federal Register on Thursday, April 3, 2014 regarding proposed changes to several AIP grant assurances and is seeking comments on these changes due back to the FAA on or before May 5, 2014. Although there are several grant assurance changes, the most notable change relates to Assurance 25 on airport revenue.

Who is impacted? Airports who receive federal grant money through the AIP are impacted.

Suggested Airport Actions: Airports should review the detailed changes outlined in the Federal Register notice and submit comments to the FAA by Monday, May 5, 2014. If you have specific concerns that you would like ACI-NA to consider for potential submission, please contact Tom Devine.

Specific Information: The FAA is making several changes to the AIP grant assurances and if finalized, will affect grants issued in 2014 and beyond. The first change is minor typographical corrections throughout the grant assurances. These changes are identified as inconsequential by the FAA.

The second change is to Assurance 25, to clarify that airport planning grants taken by airports for planning projects are subject to the airport revenue use assurance past the completion of the planning projects.

Assurance 1 is updated to reflect administrative changes to meet the latest in general federal requirements. Assurance 10 is modified to remove a requirement that the chief executive officer of a state certifies an airport development project is in compliance with applicable air and water quality standards. Assurance 10 is further modified to require a sponsor to provide an updated airport layout plan to a Metropolitan Planning Organization upon request.

The notice also includes modifications to several Assurances related to the inclusion of updated Title VI requirements, a modification of Assurance 37 to specifically identify that the assurance applies to airport concession disadvantaged business enterprises, and lastly, Assurance 20 is changed to delete language that is not applicable regarding non-airport sponsors.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Liying Gu or Matt Cornelius

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