Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S04-24. Airport Practices in Airport Emergency Plans

While 14 CFR Part 139, Certification of Airports, and FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-31C, Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) establish standards, functional sections and hazards required in AEPs, the depth and format of AEPs varies across airports in the US. It is hard to identify and validate standardization of AEPs contents because most or all are unclassified but considered sensitive security information (SSI) for information sharing and control (49 CFR Pt 15 and 1520). While all certificated airports’ AEPs conform to the advisory circular and triennially update AEPs, some airport emergency managers enhance their emergency planning by expanding functional sections and/or referencing other stand-alone plans not fully reviewed by FAA but developed to guide response. ACRP Project 04-19, Airport Emergency Planning Template – NIMS – Incident Command System Compliance, is in final form and has developed (1) an electronic template that extracts airport-user input information and text through interactive sequential inquiries in order to prepare a draft airport-specific, NIMS/ICS compliant Airport Emergency Plan; (2) a user-guide, training curriculum and tools for learning how to use the template; and (3) electronic interactive instructions and guidance embedded into the template to help users understand the regulatory context of each element of the AEP with cross-references to Part 139, Advisory Circular 150/5200-31C, and other relevant documents for guidance. An explanatory note to the work scope for this effort states, “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-31C titled Airport Emergency Plan (AEP). Under 31C (dated 6/19/2009, Change 2 enacted 11/03/2010), airports are required to have AEP fully compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS).” Some airports AEPs have taken many months for review, revise and attain ultimate approval, suggesting that appropriate standardization through electronic mechanization may be helpful to airport emergency planners and regulatory reviewers. This work is complete and paused because of the mechanics of airport network security to use the executable file developed, and the need for FAA policy validating findings and requiring use of the electronic template. It would be useful to understand how airports develop or revise their AEPs. The objective of the synthesis is to compile [1] additional functional section enhancement to recent AEP updates; [2] specialized stand-alone plans to respond to airport specific hazards; and [3] the desire and potential usefulness of a standardized electronic mechanism with intent to support FAA Pt 139 and NIMS regulatory mandates as well as the FAA advisory circular. The audience for this report are airport emergency planners and responders.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S04-24

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC    20024
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20181023
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687063
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S04-24
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 3:04PM