FAA Signs Pact for Airport Protection

 - September 20, 2006, 5:36 AM

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and the FAA signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) in late March on land-use planning around the nation’s airports.

Late last year, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NASAO chairman Richard Turner of Vermont signed another agreement that recognized that airports can be adversely affected by incompatible development and that they must be protected as essential public assets. That agreement paved the way for this year’s MOU on land-use policy coordination.

This year NASAO–which represents the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico–and the FAA will work with agencies and organizations through the Airport Compatibility Planning Committee to improve land-use planning around airports; identify near-term options to improve land use compatibility; and develop national guidelines in a Compatible Airspace and Land Use Advisory Circular that addresses prudent decisions on compatible land use and encroachment protection of aviation interests and outlines the roles of federal, state and local governments and airport operators.

“Over the past 10 years, the FAA and NASAO have been able to achieve a number of positive accomplishments through this MOU,” said NASAO’s Turner. “The biggest threat to the efficiency, utility and survival of airports is incompatible land use and inappropriate development around airports of all sizes.”