Airport sponsors are required to maintain ongoing compliance with their Grant Assurances and other federal obligations as a part of airport master planning. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly encourages airport sponsors to adopt minimum standards for commercial activities and rules/regulations in order to ensure consistent, uniform and non-discriminatory treatment of airport users.
We assist airport sponsors as they review and update airport rules, regulations and minimum standards in this context. We assist in seeking stakeholder input (a key component of the process of adopting such documents), securing necessary reviews and approvals, and in bringing contracts, agreements and leases into compliance with such enactments. As our clients review objectives to enable a fair and competitive economic environment, we counsel them on how to ensure equitable conditions for protecting investments among service providers and how to remain consistent with industry trends and FAA guidance.
We also advise sponsors on compliance with existing rules, regulations and minimum standards. Our experience in representing airports in FAA compliance matters (including notices of investigation and Parts 13 and 16 proceedings) gives us a deep perspective in counseling clients regarding how best to craft minimum standards and rules and regulations to avoid future disputes by proactively addressing issues that may already exist.