Five aviation groups—AOPA, NBAA, GAMA, HAI, and EAA—have co-signed a letter to acting FAA administrator Daniel Elwell requesting that the agency standardize the labeling of airport ramp space to ensure airport diagrams clearly and accurately mark parking options for pilots.
“We believe it will be very helpful to pilots to ensure that transient parking ramps are outlined in the Airport Diagram and have consistency with respect to standardized parking definitions and airport signage, informing pilots of where these transient ramps are located,” the letter stated.
At an April meeting of the FAA’s Aeronautical Charting Forum, AOPA submitted a proposal that included standardized labels for different types of ramps. That proposal is currently before the FAA.
“Many of these ramps were paid for in part by federal fuel taxes administered through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, and we didn’t spend that money to keep them a secret,” said AOPA president and CEO Mark Baker.