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04 February 2016

A letter from our President:

ACA Members,

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released a report that outlines a study of the National Plan of Integrated Airports Systems (NPIAS). The report was submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Transportation in accordance with section 155 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-95. The Federal Aviation Administration was directed to study the formulation of the NPIAS and accomplish the following: evaluate six specific issues, provide findings and recommendations for each issue, and identify any other pertinent matters. The exact language contained in section 155 is in Appendix A of the report (NPIAS Report-to-Congress).

The Summary of Policy Issues for Consideration in the report outlines four specific policy issues, each of which has at least two options for consideration. The Aviation Council of Alabama (ACA) is requesting feedback from our members on the report. After reviewing the report, we are asking that you participate in a brief survey that will assist the ACA with the development of our 2016 legislative agenda. We plan to discuss each of these issues next week in Montgomery as part of the 2016 Alabama Aviation Legislative Workshop/Summit & Reception.


Thank you for your participation and input on this very important matter.

Kevin Vandeber, A.A.E.
Aviation Council of Alabama

23 December 2015


02 July 2015

Cullman Regional Airport: Flying in Commerce for Cullman County

20 April 2015

Per this AOPA News Article, the FAA has published a list of VOR and NDB standard instrument approach procedures that it proposes to eliminate as the agency moves forward with implementation of the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system.  The airports affected in Alabama are shown below.  They may also be found HERE.


To submit comments on the proposal by May 28, please cite docket number FAA-2015-0783. Comments may be submitted online or by mail to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

19 March 2015


01 April 2015

There are more than 3,330 airports across the country recognized as being a part of the FAA’s national system plan.  Of that number, nearly 3,000 of those airports are identified as general aviation (GA) airports.  With numbers of this magnitude, it is easy to see why GA airports play such an important role in the aviation industry as we know it today.

GA airports (just like the primary/air carrier airports) have established guidelines which must be followed in order for them to operate on a daily basis… in harmony with their local surroundings.  Air, noise and water pollutants must be held in check according to federal and state mandates presently in force.  To that end, there is a need for directors and managers of all airports to fully understand the existing requirements placed upon them regarding stormwater runoff monitoring.  The requirements vary somewhat between primary and GA airports, but each is an unique facility that needs to be monitored based on its role in the aviation industry.

In the March/April 2015 issue of STORMWATER, The Journal for Surface Water Quality Professionals is an article whose topic addresses the  “challenges of industrial stormwater compliance” for general aviation airports.  We would like to offer this article to you as a way to better understand the current federal and state requirements in force today.  The link to the article can be found HERE.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this topic, please let us know and we will try to get the answers you need, or direct you to a person or agency that can.