US DOT Issues Notice Regarding Airport Emergency Contingency Plans; Deadline for Submittal Remains May 14, 2012

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Notice in the Federal Register regarding submittal of Airport Emergency Contingency Plans, which are required under the provisions of the FAA Reform and Modernization Act of 2012.  The notice, which provides rather esoteric descriptions of the approvals the US DOT needs to obtain from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) when requesting information from outside sources (e.g., airport operators).  The notice requests expedited OMB approvals for requesting airport contingency plans in order to meet the statutory submittal deadline for these plans—May 14, 2012.

US DOT needs to get OMB approval before it can “turn on” the e-submittal process that will enable airports to submit their contingency plans online.  US DOT expects to get this approval sometime next week.  Despite the delays in getting the submittal process up and running, the submittal deadline for airport emergency contingency plans is not expected to change.

ACI-NA recommends that all large, medium, small and non-hub airports complete emergency contingency plans as soon as possible so you can be ready to submit these plans as soon as DOT’s e-submittal site goes live.  As a reminder, ACI-NA and AAAE have developed a template for these contingency plans which DOT explicitly acknowledges in the Notice.  Use of this template can reduce the level of effort required to prepare your plans.