FAA Airport Construction Standards Get an Update

 - January 2, 2019, 10:04 AM

A new Advisory Circular, AC 150/5370-10H, updates the FAA recommended standard specifications related to materials and methods used for construction on airports. This AC became effective on December 21 and replaces the previous versions, dated July 21, 2014.

It is applicable specifically for the pavement and airport development projects serving aircraft greater than 30,000 pounds mtow. "Extensive technical and editorial edits have been made throughout the document based on comments received during several review periods," the agency said.

Items covered in this voluminous 726-page document include general provisions, earthwork, flexible base courses, rigid base courses, flexible surface courses, rigid pavement, fencing, drainage, turf, and lighting used in airfield development for construction and rehabilitation projects on airports. The AC notes that for building construction “applicable laws and local building codes shall serve as construction standards acceptable to the FAA.”

The first chapter in the circular on “General Provisions,” is followed by 12 more chapters containing FAA-recommended and suggested standards for general construction items; site work; base courses; pavement types; surface treatments; fencing; drainage; turfing; and lighting; These chapters incorporate some three dozen major changes to the standards in the previous version of this AC.