What do I need to know before using a crane near the Airport?



The Federal Aviation Administration requires a permit for ANY crane work within a 3-mile radius of any airport. The distance may be increased if the work is in the direct line of a runway – considered to be within the “glide path” of aircraft during takeoff or landing. The glide path is defined as a 1 foot per 100 feet slope beginning at the closest point of any runway. Work may be allowed if the max. height of the crane is below the glide path after compensations for topographical elevations are calculated.

You must file with the FAA at least 45 days prior to construction if:

  • your structure will exceed 200ft above ground level
  • your structure will be in proximity to an airport and will exceed the slope ratio
  • your structure involves construction of a traverse way (i.e. highway, railroad, waterway etc...) and once adjusted upward with the appropriate vertical distance would exceed a standard of 77.9(a) or (b)
  • your structure will emit frequencies, and does not meet the conditions of the FAA Co-location Policy
  • your structure will be in an instrument approach area and might exceed part 77 Subpart C
  • your proposed structure will be in proximity to a navigation facility and may impact the assurance of navigation signal reception
  • your structure will be on an airport or heliport
  • filing has been requested by the FAA

If you require additional information regarding the filing requirements for your structure, please identify and contact the appropriate FAA representative using the Air Traffic Areas of Responsibility map for Off Airport construction, or contact the FAA Airports Region / District Office for On Airport construction.


The FAA hosts a web based tool to assist contractors in determining if a hazard exists and if an FAA Permit is required at: https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/gisTools/gisAction.jsp?action=showNoNoticeRequiredToolForm.


The consequences of not having an FAA permit are:
1) the jobsite will be shut down and
2) a substantial fine.

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