Airport Documents: Regulatory & Planning

On these pages, we have placed our documents for you to look thru. We also have a link for the University of Minnesota – Center for Transportation Studies, Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP). AirTAP is a statewide program that helps Minnesota’s public- and private-sector airport professionals improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of airport operations and increase the use of new aviation materials, practices, and technology.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents are for you to see what Fleming Field is trying to accomplish in the next years. The documents are:
1. Current Operations Manual for the South St. Paul Municipal Airport dtd. February 1992,
2. Master Plan
3. Airport Layout Plan (ALP)
4. Environmental Assessment (EA)
5. Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Fleming Field will keep the updated documents here. Remember, they are living documents and will be subject to change as events around us change.

The Rules & Regulations dtd March 2017 has the current airport regulations.

What is a Master Plan?

An Airport Master Plan is a study used to determine the long-term development plans for an airport. Airport master planning is a critical tool in determining needs and programming development at individual airports.

The Airport Master Plan process provides opportunities for political entities and the public to participate in the development of aviation plans. It provides a framework for individual airport development programs consistent with short, intermediate, and long-range airport system requirements and determines future financial requirements.

An Airport Master Plan addresses the development needs for a 20-year time period. Updates are often necessary as the dynamic conditions of the industry are reflected in activity and future needs. The Airport Master Plan is a community’s concept of the long-term development of its airport. It graphically displays the concept and reports the data and logic upon which the plan is based. The plans are prepared to support the modernization of existing airports and the creation of new ones.

The master planning process considers the needs and demands of airport tenants, users, and the general public. The guiding principle of the airport master planning process is the development of a safe and efficient airport. It must also be responsive to area-wide comprehensive transportation planning.

What is an Airport Layout Plan (ALP)?

The ALP is an important component of the Airport Master Plan and will reflect the actual and/or planned modifications to the Airport. FAA approval of the ALP indicates that the existing facilities and proposed development depicted on the ALP conforms to the FAA airport design standards and that the FAA finds the proposed development to be safe and efficient.
An ALP can be described as one big “blueprint.” It is a single, two-dimensional plan view drawing of an airport that shows existing and proposed airport facilities. Additional pages of drawings in the ALP set may include: Terminal/Building Area Plans, Airspace Plans, Property Maps, and on-airport Land Use Maps.
The ALP is the major product of the Airport Master Plan which contains information used by the FAA to program future funding assistance and to monitor an airport’s compliance with design standards and grant assurances. It also allows the FAA to anticipate budgetary and procedural needs and to protect the airspace required for facility or aircraft approach procedure improvements.

What is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EA)?

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EA) is the formal process used to predict the environmental consequences (positive or negative) of a plan, policy, program, or project prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. Formal impact assessments may be governed by rules of administrative procedure regarding public participation and documentation of decision making, and may be subject to judicial review. An impact assessment may propose measures to adjust impacts to acceptable levels or to investigate new technological solutions.

The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider the environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a project. The EPA defines an environmental impact assessment as “the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.” EA’s are unique in that they do not require adherence to a predetermined environmental outcome, but rather they require decision makers to account for environmental values in their decisions and to justify those decisions in light of detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts.

What is a Capital Improvement Program (CIP)?

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a plan that shows expected expenditures of funding for the fiscal year in which contract authority exists. This program is predicated from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) which provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). These funds may come from State and/or Federal government agencies. These grants do not cover 100% of the cost of improvements. The governing agency of the airport will have to cover the difference between the CIP and the total cost of the project or item(s) requested.