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Airport Inspections


 KDA Airport Inspections


​Our mission is to inspect public airports to determine safety, adequacy, and licensing for facilities per KRS 183.090 and 602 KAR Chapter 20. We also administer the FAA 5010 Safety Data Program for state public use airports.

 About Inspections

The KDA airport safety inspection team resumed the 2020 airport safety inspections on June 1, 2020. After the delays caused by the COVID-19 virus, the team is looking forward to visiting the airports and seeing all of the great things the airports are doing for Kentucky’s aviation industry.

The team will begin with the inspections that were scheduled for April and May. Airports are grouped into eight zones for the inspection year. The inspections are aligned with the federal fiscal year (FY21) beginning in October with the Zone 1 inspection. Inspections of Zones 2 and 3 will be conducted until December. Office activities, planning, legislative issues, and other special projects will be the focus from January to March. Inspections will resume in April with Zone 4 and all eight zones completed by August 2021.

KDA conducts both federal and state inspections. KRS 183.090 and 602 KAR 20:020 require annual inspections and the FAA requires a 5010 safety inspection on a three-year cycle.

Both state and federal inspections include but are not limited to:

      • Pavement – all pavement areas (runway, taxiway, aprons, vehicle parking, etc.
      • Airfield Pavement Marking
      • Runway/Taxiway Edge Lighting System
      • Fuel Systems – fire extinguishers, spill kits, filter change dates, grounding cables/clamps, after hours/emergency phone numbers, overall condition and cleanliness
      • Runway and Taxiway Safety Area
      • FAA Title 14 CFR Part 77 Approach Slope
      • Navigational Aids; Segmented Circle, Wind Cone, Beacon, PAPIs, REILSs, etc.
      • Overall aesthetics of the airport to include the condition of the U.S. and Commonwealth flags and installation of the Governor’s signage
90 Airport RoadFrankfortKY40601KY8:00am-4:00pm EST, M-F(502) 564-4480


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