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Airport Layout Plan

The airport layout plan (ALP) is a set of drawings that shows the near-, intermediate-, and long-term facilities for an airport. The ALP is prepared in conformance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B, “Airport Master Plans.” Other information that is typically included are plan sheets that show runway details and data, approach and departure profiles, airspace protection surfaces, obstruction information, meteorological data, terminal area plans, land-use information and airport property maps.

Airport layout plans are prepared either as first time planning documents, formal revisions based on changes to the airport, or informal revisions based on minor improvements to the airport. Informal revisions, often referred to as pen-and-ink revisions (now accomplished electronically), can be made to individual sheets of the ALP drawing set, although the responsibility for review and approval must still be coordinated with the FAA. These and other requirements are discussed in FAA Order 5100.38, Airport Improvement Program Handbook.

Individual sheets that comprise the airport layout plan set will vary with each planning effort. The ALP preparer, airport sponsor, FAA and any other approving agency must determine which sheets are necessary during the project scoping activities. Many state aviation agencies also have specific ALP requirements. Some of the drawings that might be included in the airport layout plan drawing set are described below:

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