The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently reissued the Airport Design Advisory Circular (AC 150/5300-13A); the first rewrite since 1989. One of the biggest changes involves the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ).
The RPZ is a two-dimensional trapezoidal area located at the end of a runway extending into the approach. It is required to enhance the safety and protection of people and property on the ground. Where practical, Airports should own the property within the limits of the RPZ and clear all above-ground objects.
In the renewed Airport Design AC, the dimensions, location and basic definition of the RPZ have not changed. What has changed is the definition of permissible uses for land located in the RPZ that may or may not require further evaluation and coordination. The following table describes those land uses:
Challenges continue to exist with the RPZ because guidance is still evolving. For additional information, please refer to the following resources: