Engineering & Planning – FAA Airports GIS Program Update

Airport Consultants Council


Thursday, July 16, 2015
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EDT

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The Airports Surveying Geographic Information System (Airports GIS) is helping the FAA collect airport and aeronautical data to meet the demands of the Next Generation National Airspace System or Nextgen program.  The FAA is continuing to update the standards for airports GIS as well as build out the functionality of the system to not only assist FAA but the airport and it’s consultants as well.  Two tools within Airports GIS have been developed over the last year and will be put to use this year; the first tool will better assist airports when they have to submit a request on a non-standard project or program. The second tool will help the airport review one of their critical approach surfaces.  As background, the approach surfaces are a number of imaginary surfaces that are in place to prevent buildings and other obstructions from being built.  Each surface was designed to protect for a different situation and therefore has different standards.