AIRPORT MINIMUM STANDARDS REQUIRE CONSTANT ATTENTION AND FREQUENT REVIEW

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An airport may look like a series of runways and taxiways, but its future is determined by devilishly detailed documents, primarily its Airport Layout Plan and its Minimum Standards. The ALP defines the metes and bounds of the grounds today and, if properly done, delineates its future. If this graphic depiction of the airport does not reflect the airport management’s (and its community’s) thinking as to where growth will occur, problems will happen when/if an unwanted proposal for land use arrives as a new tenant.

The Minimum Standards document equally requires constant attention and revision. The Ocala story of its recent updating holds the relevant lesson: do the new rules hurt the incumbents and allow needed commercial activity?  This document requires considerable examining of complex considerations—the FAA’s grant assurances turns the exercise into a multi-dimensional balancing act; the community’s needs, the user needs, the physical capacity of the land and costs/benefits of commercial activities are a few of the concerns that must be assessed.

The FAA and AAAE have developed very useful reference materials if you want to review the current status of your Minimum Standards. JDA has experience (http://jdasolutions.aero/services/airport-services.php ) in assisting in the revision of this document so critical to your airport’s future operation and governance.

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