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Federal Aviation Administration. Tarmac Diversion Plans. Prepared for: 35 th Annual Eastern Region Airport Conference-Hershey, PA Presented by: Brian Rushforth Manager Airport Safety and Operations Division Date: April 3, 2012.

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Federal Aviation

Administration

Tarmac Diversion Plans

Prepared for: 35th Annual Eastern Region Airport Conference-Hershey, PA

Presented by: Brian Rushforth

Manager

Airport Safety and Operations Division

Date: April 3, 2012

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The FAA Reauthorization requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive tarmac delay diversion plans by May 24, 2012
who is affected
Who Is Affected?
  • Scheduled passenger service or public charter service using any aircraft with a design capacity of 30 or more seats
  • Operators of large hub, medium hub, small hub, or non-hub U.S. airports
what is required air carriers
What is Required – Air Carriers
  • A passenger shall have the option to deplane an aircraft and return to the airport terminal when there is an excessive tarmac delay (3 hours for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights)
  • The deplaning option must be offered to a passenger even if the flight in covered air transportation is diverted to a commercial airport other than the originally scheduled airport.
what is required air carriers1
What is Required – Air Carriers
  • Exceptions:
    • Where an air traffic controller with authority over the aircraft advises the pilot in command that permitting a passenger to deplane would significantly disrupt airport operations; or
    • Where the pilot in command determines that permitting a passenger to deplane would jeopardize passenger safety or security.
what is required air carriers2
What is Required – Air Carriers
  • Also Requires:
    • Provide adequate food, potable water, restroom facilities, comfortable cabin temperatures and access to medical treatment for passengers onboard an aircraft when the departure of a flight is delayed or disembarkation of passengers is delayed; and
    • Share facilities and make gates available at the airport in an emergency.
what is required airports
What is Required – Airports
  • Must contain a description of how the airport operator, to the maximum extent practicable, will:
    • Provide for the deplanement of passengers following excessive tarmac delays;
    • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport in an emergency; and
    • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
holy @ how
Holy #*(&@?! – How?
  • U.S. DOT is setting up an electronic submission system. Should be available mid-April.
  • AAAE and ACI-NA are working with DOT on a scalable, airport-specific template.
resources
Resources
  • Current Federal Register Notice – http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-01/html/2012-4963.htm
  • Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has developed some preliminary guidance materials in this area as well. Those materials can be found at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/acrp/docs/ACRP10-10.Update.10Dec2011.pdf.
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Federal Aviation

Administration

Federal Aviation

Administration

Thank you!

Questions?

Brian Rushforth

Manager

Airport Safety and Operations Division

(202) 493-4655

Brian.Rushforth@faa.gov