In creating new procedures for an airport, does someone from the FAA go to an airport, examine all their information, and choose what kind of approach/departure (for example) will be created? Or do airport officials advise the FAA (chart creators)?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you asking about commercial aviation, or general aviation? $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Mar 17, 2017 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ I want to know the algorithm why procedures changes, and how they created, especially commercial $\endgroup$
    – wiaim
    Mar 17, 2017 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ things don't usually change unless it's to avoid dangerous situations, these are very often revealed by accidents. $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2017 at 12:23
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    $\begingroup$ You don't mention where you are which is important as in most locations this is the responsibility of the governement (or its designated agency/contractor). You might want to start with this FAA Division responsible for procedure development for the US. $\endgroup$
    – Gerry
    Mar 17, 2017 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ The guidelines that they use to develop procedures are contained in FAA Order 8260.3C United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) $\endgroup$
    – JScarry
    Mar 17, 2017 at 15:37

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does a worker go to an airport and monitors all information, and choose what kind of approach/departure (for example) will be? Or do airport workers advise regulators (charts creators)?

Yes. :)

Airport/airspace procedures are mainly created by a country's local aviation authority, so if you want an instrument approach to your private airstrip in the US you would contact AFS-420, the FAA's procedures branch, probably through someone at your local FSDO, and ask them to work with you to develop the procedure.
The Procedures people will survey the approach and design a procedure that makes sure you won't hit anything on the ground, and ensure that your procedure won't conflict with other existing procedures.

Once the procedure is designed they'll test-fly it - that's done by another group - and if everything checks out they'll publish charts for it.

Once published the FAA will periodically re-evaluate then procedure, both through flight checks and other feedback (if your new procedure is generating a lot of noise complaints for example the FAA will work with you to reduce the impact).


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