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Design Criteria

Airport Reference Code (ARC)


An airport's reference code is one of the most important design requirements for an airport. The ARC determines what kind of aircrafts can utilized the airport. The ARC is a two-part classification that considers the aircraft's approach speed and wingspan.

Since the FAA general aviation forecast predicts a large increase 
in jet activity, an ARC of BI has been chosen. This allows aircrafts with ARCs of AI, AII, BI, and BII to utilize the proposed airport.


 Category Aircraft Approach Speed (knots)
 A<91
 B91-120
 C 121-140
 D 141-165
 E 166+

 Group #Tail Height (feet) Wingspan (feet)
I<20 <49 
II 20-30 49-79 
III 30-45 79-118 
IV 45-60 118-171 
60-66 171-214 

Advisory Circulars (AC)


The FAA outlines a set of design criteria for all aspects of airport planning. These criteria are known as Advisory Circulars and are implemented to ensure a safe and effective airport design layout. 
The FAA constantly update the ACs to keep up with new research and technological advances.

    The following ACs were used for this proposed airport:
  • AC 150/5050-8, 150/5100-17, 150/5020-1. Environmental 
  • AC 150/5300-13. Airport Design 
  • AC 150/5320-5C. Surface Drainage Design. 
  • AC 150/5320-6E. Pavement Design. 
  • AC 150/5345-27D. Wind Cone. 
  • AC 150/5360-9. Planning and Design of Airport Terminal Facilities at Non-Hub Locations.
  • AC 150/5390-2B. Heliport Design.