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Managing Protected Surfaces from Penetration at GA Airports

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Develop practical guidance for small airports on monitoring, reporting to the FAA, and securing the airport airspace to remain free of new obstacles from developments in the airport vicinity.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Construction near airports, general aviation airports in particular, often creates hazards to aviation. There appears to be no end in sight to the construction of large high rises with the associated cranes, often receiving a "no hazard to air navigation" designation while penetrating airfield protected surfaces. Assisting small airports in working with the local community and the FAA to ensure flight safety is needed. This research would explore current processes for receiving construction permits in the vicinity of airports, identify gaps in such processes, and explore effective methods for stakeholder outreach and acceptable solutions.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report with guidance for small airports on monitoring, reporting to the FAA, and securing the airport airspace to remain free of new obstacles from developments in the airport vicinity.

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Idea No. 368