Understanding the Benefits and Impacts of NPIAS Obligations for Airports

Some airport managers have difficulty fully understanding the breadth and depth of obligations (i.e., airport sponsor grant assurances) placed on the airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) once a grant has been included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and, typically, other low-activity general aviation airports--especially those that have volunteer airport management. Other airports include non-NPIAS airports that are contemplating joining the NPIAS program. These obligations can also be confusing for new employees of commercial service airports and airport consultants. This is an issue of significant potential interest to a large target audience. This research would provide these airports, their consultants, and their communities with a guide to understanding the FAA obligations in terms that are easily understood. This topic and its local implications have historically been overwhelming and confusing for these types of airports. Surrounding communities often do not understand the "statute language," and, as a result, continue to operate under their local rules. This approach can jeopardize the airport's compliance with FAA obligations. This research would generate an easy-to-understand guide, formatted to include a summary page for each obligation/grant assurance, with useful resources and/or examples that can be followed with additional in-depth discussion of the obligation. Not only will this guidebook be a resource for the everyday issues that arise at airports, but it can also be used as a teaching tool for new staff, community groups (e.g., planning or zoning boards) or user groups (airport commissions, fixed-base operators (FBOs), tenants). Because the obligations do not change much over time, this guidebook should have a long, useful shelf-life. The guidebook could be set up to accept updates or additions as new obligations and grant assurances are issued. The objective of this research is to produce a guidebook in an easy-to-read layout and language that addresses the understanding and implications of adhering to FAA grant obligations (e.g., airport sponsor grant assurances).


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $150000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-38

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37573

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  • Accession Number: 01543345
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-38
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM