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FAA Issues New Airport Compliance Handbook

On September 30, 2009, the FAA issued Order 5190.6B, Airport Compliance Manual.  The Order cancels Order 5190.6A, which had been in effect since 1989.  The Order sets forth the FAA's policies and procedures concerning airport sponsor compliance with Grant Assurances, deed restrictions, and statutory obligations concerning the treatment of airport users and tenants.  While binding only on FAA personnel, the Order is an extremely important document for airport sponsors, users, and tenants because it contains the FAA's position on key topics such as the lease of airport property, aircraft operating restrictions, and airport rates and charges.  While the Order is final and operative, the FAA has indicated its intent to solicit comments and to consider possible revisions to the Order in response to comments.