September 2005 - Volume 1.5 by elh30365


									                                                                                             FEDERAL AVIATION

                      AIRPORTS QUARTERLY                                                          Volume 1, Issue 5
                                                                                                   September 2005

The Regional and National Aviation
                                                                                            Inside this issue:
Community and Hurricane Katrina
         Hurricane            ings, electrical systems,                                     Hurricane Damage Picture 2-3
Katrina reminded all of       ARFF stations, hangars                                        HAS VALE Grant, Mowing
us how important our air-     and other parts of the air-                                   RSAs, OAC Recognized
port system is during a       fields                                                        FAA Staff News, Incursions 4-5
crisis. Katrina struck just            Since the storm,                                     Increase, CE Documenta-
as FAA was completing         we have received many                                         tion Changes,
another successful year of    calls from airport spon-                                      RSAs, AFFF, Capital Needs 6-7
managing the AIP and          sors, consultants, and                                        Update, New Noise Grant
Airport Certification pro-    other FAA Airport divi-                                       Condition
grams. Three days before      sion offices offering sup-
                                                                                            Updated Grant Assurances 8
Katrina made landfall, we     port. Your generous of-
paused from closing out       fers of assistance and
                                                               Kelvin L. Solco, P.E., MBA
our fiscal year 2005 pro-     your encouragement              Manager, Southwest Region
grams to contact airports     demonstrate how tena-
in the projected path of      cious and resourceful we      phenomenal.
the hurricane to update       are when our regional air-              We still have a
emergency phone num-          port system has been          long way to go, and we
bers and contact informa-     damaged.                      may be calling on some of
tion.                                  Airfield Opera-      you to help. We have not
          It will take some   tions Specialists from the    forgotten about the rest of
time to fully assess the      Houston Airport System        our airport system and my
damage from Katrina.          responded first to the        staff is still working dili-
The largest two affected      New Orleans crisis. They      gently to continue to pro-
airports, New Orleans         repaired fencing, airfield    vide service to all of you.
Louis Armstrong Interna-      lighting, ARFF equip-                    We are so grateful
tional and New Orleans        ment, mowers, and a did       to have you as airport part-    For up to date information
Lakefront, suffered dam-      a myriad of other chores.     ners. You are all heroes to     on FAA’s Huricane
age to the terminal build-    Their efforts have been       us!                             Katrina relief efforts see
Fall ACIP and Environmental Conference Nov 8
  FAA Southwest Region        associated environmental       last year or not.”
Airports Division will        issues,” said Kelvin L.            Among the topics to
host a one day conference     Solco, Division Manager.       be covered are time-
on November 8, 2005, at       “While the conference          frames for both the CIP/
the Doral Hotel and Golf      will expand on the topics      ACIP and environmental
Club in Fort Worth. “The      we covered at our confer-      processes. For an agenda
theme of the conference       ence last fall, it will be     and registration informa-
is Airport Capital Im-        valuable to all airport op-    tion, see
provement Planning and        erators whether you came       arp/asw/
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         New Orleans Louis Armstrong International
         Airport After Hurricane Katrina

                                                         Pictures Courtesy of the New Orleans Louis
                                                         Armstrong International Airport

                 Houston Receives Nation’s First VALE Grant
                          The City of          convert much of their           future airport develop-
                 Houston received the first    overall fleet to low pollu-     ment actions, possibly
                 grant in the nation under     tion emitting vehicles.         avoiding a lengthy and
                 the new Voluntary Air-                  If your airport is    costly air quality impact
                 port Low Emission             in a non-attainment or          analysis and regulatory
                 (VALE) Program. The           maintenance area for air        process. Contact your
                 grant helped in the buy of    quality, you may be eligi-      program manager for
                 10 new hybrid-fueled ve-      ble for VALE funds. Air         more information about
                 hicles. These vehicles are    quality credits gained          the VALE Program.
                 part of a larger effort by    through the VALE Pro-
                 the City of Houston to        gram may be applied to
                               Volume 1, Issue 5                                                      Page 3

Mowing Runway Safety Areas
         We’ve noticed        damage to the aircraft or    role of the landing strip
that runway safety areas      injury to the occupants.     changed to the runway
are not always being          We believe that a general    safety area and the stan-
mowed according to FAA        misunderstanding of run-     dards for its development
requirements. High per-       way safety areas may         and preservation.
formance aircraft demand      have prompted the main-               During your rou-
that safety areas are regu-   tenance issues. As avia-     tine airport inspections of
larly maintained and          tion developed in this       you airfield, please make
carefully checked. The        country, the alignment of    sure your runway safety
best practice for mainte-     takeoff and landing paths    area is free of objects and
nance of the safety area      centered on a well-          mowed and fully main-
includes mowing the en-       defined area known as the    tained. FAA standards
tire area defined on the      landing strip. The term      are in Advisory Circular
approved airport layout       “landing strip” described    150/530013.                   “...make sure your run-
plan.                         the graded area around                                     way safety area is free of
         FAA believes         and on which the runway                                    objects and mowed and
that under normal dry         or improved surface was                                    fully maintained.”
conditions, a safety area     built. With the develop-
should support an aircraft    ment of higher perform-
without causing structural    ance aircraft, the primary

        Kelvin Solco,         workload had in-             project formulation,”
Airports Division             creased dramatically         Solco said. “By
Manager, and Ed               over the previous four       working together, we
Agnew, Manager of             years because of the         cut out duplication
the Arkansas/                 non-primary entitle-         so both agencies are
Oklahoma Airports             ment program.”               using our resources
Development Office,                    OAC,                more effectively.”
presented an External         through the state                Thanks OAC for
FAA Award to the              channeling act leg-          your leadership, initia-
Oklahoma Aeronautics          islation, manages            tive, responsiveness          Thanks OAC for your
Commission (OAC).             149 public airports.         and professionalism!          leadership, initiative,
“In July 2004, OAC            State Aviation Di-                                         responsiveness and pro-
accepted a challenge          rector, Victor Bird,                                       fessionalism!
from the FAA field of-        leads a professional
fice to become a more         staff of 10.
active player in the air-              “OAC redi-
port capital develop-         rected professional
ment process,” said           resources into capital
Agnew. “FAA’s                 development and
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                                Villalobos Chairs International Committee
                                       Guillermo Villalobos was re-       all the proper Embassy procedures are
                               cently appointed Chairperson of the FAA    some of the duties,” Villalobos said.
                               Southwest Region International Aviation    When asked about his biggest challenge,
                               Committee. Villalobos served as Co-        he responded, “I would like to provide
                               Chair for the past 3 years and will con-   more technical advice and influence. ”
                               tinue working as a Program Manager in               Villalobos, who is bilingual, has
                               the Texas ADO while performing the         traveled to Mexico four times and to
                               additional duties.                         Spain twice representing FAA. He is an
Guillermo Villalobos , Program         “Coordinating FAA’s travel to      engineer and also an ordained minister.
  Manager Texas ADO &          Mexico and making sure that we follow
  Chairperson of FAA SW
Region International Aviation
                                ED AGNEW AND LANCE KEY RECOGNIZED
                                         Two Southwest Region Airports    ington D.C. Key received Honorable
                                Division employees were recognized at     Mention.
                                the national Airports Awards ceremony              The Progress Pioneer Award
                                on July 22, 2005, for their significant   honors employees for launching pio-
                                accomplishments and dedicated service     neering activities and for taking calcu-
                                to the organization. Ed Agnew, Man-       late risks to leverage limited resources to
                                ager of the Arkansas/Oklahoma Air-        carry out the task. Individuals are not
                                ports Development Office, and Lance       afraid to break with tradition or conven-
                                Key, Airport Environmental Specialist,    tion to use available technologies to im-
                                received awards in the Progress Pioneer   prove a process or procedure.
                                         Woodie Woodward, Assistant               Congratulations Ed and Lance!
                                Administrator for Airports presented
                                Agnew a Runner-Up Award in Wash-

   Agnew Receives Runner Up
    Award for Progress Pioneer
 (From left: Woodie Woodward,
 Kelvin Solco, Ed Agnew and Kate
                                  Volume 1, Issue 5                                                           Page 5

Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviations Increase
                    Just when   off, landing or intending to              “Hey, I’m a PI-
we thought we were getting      land.”                                    LOT”
a grip on our old nemesis,      Human error is the leading           • Hangar tenants
the runway incursion, it’s      cause of runway incursions.               gave bad on-airport
back with a vengeance. In       The following were some of                directions
the first 10 months of fiscal   the causes of the deviations.   *Failure to keep gates
year 2005, we’ve had 22         *Employees, tenants and         closed, allowing entry to
vehicle or pedestrian devia-    contractors disregard or fail   airfield
tions. Six have been classi-    to follow the airports estab-   *Drivers improperly or not
fied as runway incursions.      lished rules                    trained
During this period in 2004,                                     *Off-airport law enforce-
                                      • Not driving on es-                                        “...Hey,I’m a PILOT”
we had 16 incidents and                                         ment responding to airport
                                          tablished routes
only 3 were considered run-                                     emergency                         One of the excuses
                                      • No escort
way incursions.                                                           We urge airports to     given for a pedestrian
           A runway incur-            • Driver knew the
                                                                continue emphasizing Run-         deviation
sion is “any occurrence in                rules, but wasn’t
                                                                way Safety Awareness
the airport runway environ-               paying attention
                                                                when you meet with em-
ment involving an aircraft,           • Unauthorized vehi-      ployees, tenants, and con-
vehicle, person, or object on             cles allowed on       tractors. As the old saying
the ground that creates a                 airport               goes, “The life you save
collision or hazard or re-            • Pedestrians had a       may be your own.”
sults in a loss of required               misconception
separation with an aircraft               about where they
taking off, intending to take             could go, stating

Changes in Documenting Categorical Exclusions-
Who Ya Gonna Call?
        Sponsors must                    USFWS re-              USFWS. Information
have environmental              cently informed us that         on threatened and en-
documentation before            due to budget cuts and          dangered species is
FAA can approve Air-            personnel constraints,          available on the
port Layout Plan revi-          they can no longer pro-         USFWS website at
sions for proposed air-         vide this service. This
port development.               does not relieve airport        endangered.species.
FAA needs this infor-           sponsors of their obli-                 USFW will
                                                                                                Contact your State Wildlife
mation to document all          gation to provide an ap-        continue to consult and         Agency instead of USFSW
categorical exclusions.         propriate biological            coordinate under the            for a Determination of
In the past, we recom-          evaluation. So…what             biological resources            Possible Impacts from Air-
mended that sponsors            can we do?                      various laws if an im-          port Development
get a written opinion                    We recommend           pact is determined.
from the US Fish and            that sponsors ask their                 For more infor-
Wildlife Service                state wildlife agency           mation, contact your
(USFWS) on possible             for their opinion using         ADO environmental
biological impacts of           a letter similar to those       specialist.
the development.                formerly sent to
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                                Standard RSA’s Make Happy Endings
“If a standard runway safety
area (RSA) were in place in                                  cobs.                       in the US to meet cur-
                                    On August 2, 2005,             FAA and the Of-       rent standards. We also
Toronto...the aircraft would
have stopped intact; the pas-   309 passengers and           fice of the Associate       recognize that airports
sengers would have departed;    crew escaped with only       Administrator for Air-      are often constrained
and the aircraft would have     minor injuries when an       ports have been work-       by nearby natural ob-
been towed back to the apron    Air France flight skid-
for future service”                                          ing hard for several        jects and infrastructure
                                ded off the runway at        years to prevent the        development. That is
                                Toronto's Pearson Air-       type of accident that       why FAA, in coopera-
                                port and burst into          happened in Toronto.        tion with industry, de-
                                flames. Toronto was          The aircraft came to        veloped the Engineered
                                experiencing severe          rest about 600 feet         Materials Arresting
                                weather with high            from the end of the         System (EMAS).
                                winds, heavy rain and        runway. FAA efforts to      EMAS is a cellular ce-
                                lightning when the Air-      improve runway safety       ment material that
                                bus A340-300, arriving       areas are geared at pro-    crushes under the
                                from Paris' Charles de       viding a graded area        weight of an aircraft
                                Gaulle Airport, landed.      that extends as much as     and is designed to bring
                                     Ken Jacobs from         1000 feet beyond the        aircraft to a safe, pre-
                                FAA Headquarter’s            end of the runway. The      dictable and reliable
                                Airport Engineering          RSA reduces or elimi-       stop. Seventeen EMAS
                                Division had some in-        nates the risk of dam-      beds have been in-
                                sightful comments on         age to aircraft in the      stalled nationwide
                                the accident. “If a stan-    event of an overrun         since 2000 and many
                                dard runway safety           such as what happened       more are planned. I
                                area (RSA) were in           in Toronto.                 only hope that we con-
  “EMAS is designed to          place in Toronto, in all        “Although we all         tinue to get support
  bring aircraft to a safe,     likelihood the accident
  predictable and reliable                                   feel fortunate that there   from our airport-
                                would not have even          was a safe outcome for      operator partners to
                                made the news. The           the passengers this         complete all practical
                                aircraft would have          time, we must remem-        improvements to meet
                                stopped intact; the pas-     ber that safety is no ac-   our safety goals. Of all
                                sengers would have de-       cident. The FAA is          the things that we can
                                parted; and the aircraft     committed to and fully      do to improve safety,
                                would have been towed        supports improving the      keeping our fingers
                                back to the apron for        RSA for every com-          crossed is not one of
                                future service,” said Ja-    mercial service runway      them,” said Jacobs.
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                               Volume 1, Issue 4                                                              Page 7

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
    On July 8, 2004, the      (AFFF) Liquid Concen-          accordance with the UL
FAA issued Advisory           trate, for Fresh and Sea-      162 standard, was not al-
Circular (AC)150/5210-        water, January 7, 1992.)       ways compatible. There
6D on AIRCRAFT FIRE                On future purchases,      was a tendency to gel and
EXTINGUISHING                 we encourage airport fire      clog the ARFF truck’s
AGENTS. This AC re-           departments to buy AFFF        plumbing system.
placed our 1985 edition.      that meets the military             We are not suggest-
   The FAA performance        specifications, as they        ing that airports discard
standard for AFFF is now      will always be compati-        their current inventory of
the same as that used by      ble with other agents          UL 162 AFFF, as it is ef-
the military. (See MIL-       when mixed, no matter          fective foam.
F-24385F, Fire Extin-         the manufacturer. We
guishing Agent, Aqueous       found that AFFF made by                                           AFFF Agents Conforming to
Film Forming Foam             different manufacturers in                                        the military standard are
                                                                                                always compatible, no mat-
                                                                                                ter the manufacturer
Congressional Update of Capital Development Needs
          Please send your    Plans or CIP’s,” said Cam-     sors to update the costs and
updated airport capital de-   eron Bryan, Manager of the     near-term and mid-term
velopment needs to your       Planning and Programming       needs for their airports,”
program manager by Octo-      Branch. “This report keeps     Bryan said. Current cost
ber so we can include the     Congress informed about all    estimates, not including in-
information in the next re-   AIP eligible, feasible and     flation, should be used.             “Congress uses the
port to Congress. Every       warranted development                    “Planning-level            information to set
two years, FAA briefs Con-    needed at NPIAS airports.”     cost estimates are appropri-         AIP funding levels
gress on needed aviation      Needs information is based     ate,” said Bryan. “More              and maximum PFC
development. Congress         on regulatory (safety/         precise estimates are only
uses the information to set   security) requirements, de-    needed for projects with
                                                                                                  collection rates. “
AIP funding levels and        sign standards, capacity/      proposed AIP funding.”
maximum PFC collection        congestion, noise mitiga-                Contact your ADO
rates.                        tion, planning needs and       or Program Manager for
          “Capital develop-   infrastructure maintenance.”   more details.
ment needs are not the same             “This is an excel-
as Capital Implementation     lent opportunity for spon-

New Noise Grant Condition
         FAA added a          tion,” said Cameron            used, and future noise
new condition to fiscal       Bryan, Manager of the          mitigation plans based
year 2005 AIP noise           Planning and Program-          on the airport’s priori-
grants requiring spon-        ming Branch. “We are           ties.” Bryan said that
sors file an annual re-       asking sponsors about          this fall his branch           Cameron Bryan, Manager,
port. “This will help         AIP grant funds, par-          would send a format            Planning and Programming
                                                                                            Branch, discusses Noise
FAA track Noise Com-          cels mitigated by DNL,         and instructions to the        Issues
patibility Program            total number of people         sponsors required to
(NCP) implementa-             mitigated, the means           submit the report.
              FEDERAL AVIATION                Volume 1, Issue 5                                Page 8

    Federal Aviation Administration
              ASW-600                      Updated Grant Assurances
     Fort Worth, TX 76193-0600

          Phone: 817-222-5600
                                                      When an organization accepts federal
            Fax: 817 222-5421                FAA funds, they obligate themselves to keeping
     Email:           their airport within certain standards. The spe-
                                             cific obligations are either in the application for
                                             Federal aid and become part of the final grant of-
                                             fer or are in restrictive covenants to property
                                             deeds. The duration of these obligations depends
                                             on the type of recipient, the useful life of the fa-
                                             cility being developed, and other conditions stipu-
      FAA Website                            lated in the assurances.
                                                    AIP grants issued after March 29, 2005,
                                             contain new grant assurances. Program Guid-
                                             ance Letter PGL 05-03 summarizes the major
      http://www.faa.                        changes and describes the rationale for change.
       gov/arp/asw/                              If you have any questions, contact your ADO
                                             or program manager.

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