FAA Webinars on New Field Reporting Requirements

On August 18, the FAA issued Cert Alert 16-04 to all certificated US airports regarding the schedule for the remaining 11 webconferences to discuss upcoming changes in field condition reporting requirements. These requirements, which are contained in Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-30D, Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety, will alter the manner in which US airfield operations and/or field maintenence staff report winter contaminants as well as wet runway conditions.

The next webinar will take place tomorrow, August 23, from 2-4 pm EDT and you can register to attend it here.  For dates, times, and registration links for all 11 scheduled webconferences, please refer directly to the Cert Alert. 

As mentioned in our e-mail last week, participants in the webinars will be provided with a link to a "sandbox" version of the FAA's new NOTAM Manager that they can use to familiarize themselves new user interface and new runway contaminant reporting processes.

During the two initial webinars regarding field condition reporting that were held last week, the FAA addressed a number of questions including details about new wet runway condition reporting requirements, criteria and processes associated with airport operator downgrades and upgrades of runway condition, and the deadlines for submittal of revised Snow and Ice Control Plans (SICPs). FAA has committed to including answers to common questions that arise during the webinars in its Frequently Asked Questions regarding the AC.

With respect to SICPs, the FAA is still asking airports to submit revised versions of these plans to your aviation certification inspector no later than September 1, 2016. To faciliate these updates, the FAA has provided template with pre-approved verbiage in Cert Alert 16-02.  An editable version of the template is available here.

If you believe that you will not be able to update your SICP by September 1, please contact your certification inspector as soon as possible to let them know the details regarding why and when you believe you'll be able to submit it. Please let us know if you have any issues with this process so we can discuss them with our contacts at FAA Headquarters.