2.2 Key Types of Regulations for Airport Management

When accepting federal grants and becoming a federally obligated airport, the airport must meet not only the FAA’s grant assurances but also the other federal regulations associated with the grant assurances.

ACRP Report 156: Guidebook for Managing Compliance with Federal Regulations: An Integrated Approach
Provides guidance on an integrated approach to managing compliance with federal regulations pertaining to the operation and management of airports. The report includes the regulation compliance management tool.

Regulation Compliance Management Tool
Provides an index of the applicable statutes, federal regulations, executive orders, Office of Management and Budget circulars, and other documents with compliance requirements. Additionally, it is designed to track compliance and allow the addition of state and local regulations and requirements.

ACRP Legal Research Digest 9: Case Studies on Community Challenges to Airport Development
Explores judicial decisions related to challenges to airport expansion and development. The report examines the basis, defense strategies, and outcomes of cases, as well as the results of a survey of airports regarding litigation strategies.

FAA Web Page on Grant Assurances
Summarizes the obligations airport owners or sponsors, planning agencies, or other organizations agree to when accepting funds from FAA-administered airport financial assistance programs. These obligations require the recipients to maintain and operate their facilities safely and efficiently and in accordance with specified conditions.

FAA Web Page on Federal Provisions for Airport Contract Documents
Summarizes the contract provisions an airport sponsor must include to meet the grant assurances associated with Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to comply with all applicable federal contract provisions as established by various laws and regulations. The requirements for the provisions will vary depending on the type and size of the procurement action. Typically, procurement actions under the AIP fall within three categories: construction development, equipment acquisitions, and professional services (architectural/engineering) contracting.