DOT Provides Late Revisions to Airport Emergency Contingency Plan Template

As we reported last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Notice in the Federal Register regarding submittal of Airport Emergency Contingency Plans, which are required under the provisions of the FAA Reform and Modernization Act of 2012.  The notice requested expedited OMB approvals for requesting airport contingency plans in order to meet the statutory submittal deadline for these plans—May 14, 2012.

While DOT was expecting OMB approval this week, as of Friday, April 27, the Department has not received approval from OMB.  

Once US DOT receives OMB approval, assuming sometime next week, the Department will then “turn on” the e-submittal process that will enable airports to submit their contingency plans online.  Despite the delays in getting the submittal process up and running, the submittal deadline for airport emergency contingency plans is not expected to change.

Also today, DOT legal counsel today provided very late revisions to the plan template developed by ACI-NA and AAAE.  ACI-NA staff and counsel are currently reviewing the proposed revisions and intend to release a revised version of the template early next week.   We apologize for the inconvenience of DOT’s late breaking inputs.  As of now we would recommend holding off on any additional work to your airport’s plan until we issue our revised template.  For those that have already completed a plan, we will call out any additional language that is required so that the update should be fairly minor.