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Facility Requirements

During the airport master planning process, planners determine what, if any, additional facilities will be required to accommodate forecast activity.  This task begins with an assessment of the ability of existing facilities to meet current and future demand.  If they cannot, planners must determine what additional facilities will be needed to accommodate the unmet demand.  This chapter is normally referred to as the facility requirements.

The facility requirements element of the airport master plan summarizes a technical analysis of the aviation and allied facilities that will be required to accommodate the aeronautical activity (passenger, air cargo and general aviation/corporate) identified in the aviation forecasts element.

These facilities may include runways, taxiways, aprons, passenger terminals, air cargo facilities, navigation aids, airport traffic control towers and security, safety and maintenance facilities.

The criteria used to define these facilities are contained in a series of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Codes, Circulars and Orders that include, but are not limited to:

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