Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S06-02. Airport Self-Inspection Procedures and Training Practices

Self-inspection to promote airfield safety is a primary responsibility of the airport operator. Typically, self-inspections are conducted by airport employees to detect existing and potential hazards. Self-inspection is considered a critical component of airport operations, are regularly scheduled, and include the following: daily airfield inspection; continuous surveillance of certain airport activities (e.g., fueling, construction, maintenance); periodic evaluation for surveying obstructions, approach slopes and other facilities and activities not requiring daily inspection; and special inspection resulting from weather, complaints, wildlife activity, or construction activities. FAR Pt 139.303 requires personnel with access to the movement and safety areas be trained to perform duties in compliance with the requirements of the Airport Certification Manual. FAR Pt 139, Section 327 stipulates self-inspection, including timing and requirement to keep self-inspection records. Staff training to inspect, use checklists generated by the airport operations executives, report results and remedy deficiencies varies widely among airports. There are tools available to conduct training of self-inspection procedures for purchase/hire, and some airports have developed tools in-house. The objective of this synthesis project is to collect and document common self-inspection conditions reporting training practices across North America for the range from large carrier airport to general aviation airport. The target audience is airport operations managers and staff. The synthesis report will provide airport operators with the range of self-inspection conditions reporting training operation, including low tech to high tech, hired/purchased versus in-house. Note that the National Academies does not endorse products. The research will highlight common practices in training and will document the range of reasons that different airports choose the options that each has implemented.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100601
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24616

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461754
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:51PM