AFM (Airfield Manager)[1]


Military personnel (MSgt thru CMSgt) must hold AFSC 1C771/1C791/ 1C700, possess Special Experience Identifier (SEI) 368 and have at least 3 years experience in AM (1 of the 3 years must be working in an AM facility at the 1C771 level).[2]


Military personnel must complete the following training requirements (if not previously completed) prior to assuming the AFM position. DoD Civilians are authorize up to 6 months to complete the following training requirements if not previously completed.

-AM-01, Airfield Manager Position Certification Guide (PCG).
-Airfield Criteria, Airfield Inspection and Maintenance, Wildlife Hazard Management, Airfield Driving and AM Contingency Operations CBTs. Note: Completion of AM Contingency CBT is not applicable to DoD Civilians.
-Advanced Airfield Manager Course.
-USAF ORM Application and Integration Course (Basic Principles of ORM) available for download at AF Safety Center Training Website[1].
-Local Qualification Training (AF IMT 797, Job Qualification Standard).
-Completion of the following courses are highly recommended for an AFM. See Attachment 1 for a description of each course.
-Airport Certification Procedures Course.
-Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course (AMIC).
-Military Airspace Management Course.


The AFM is responsible for the overall management of AM facilities and services to provide a safe, efficient, and effective airfield environment for aircraft operations. Certain situations (e.g., exercises, nuclear weapons or aircraft movements, etc.) require the AFM to be designated as a trusted agent. Note: The AFM must not be assigned duties that could interfere with accomplishing their responsibilities outlined in this AFI. The AFM (military or DoD civilian) provides direct supervision and management of all personnel working in AM to include staff positions (e.g., DAFM, NAMO, NAMT or DoD civilian equivalents).[4] Plan, organize and direct AM activities. Manage the airfield environment to support base, tenant and transient flying operations according to Air Force, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Transportation (DOT), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publications and host tenant agreements. 8 AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 Appoint qualified personnel to perform as the DAFM, NAMO, NAMT, Task Certifiers and Trainers or civilian equivalents in writing. The AFM may combine staff positions during personnel shortages. Conduct airfield inspections and checks. Ensure all required airfield signs, markings, lighting and aircraft arresting systems are available and properly installed according to the appropriate airfield planning and design criteria. Identify and report improperly installed airfield signs, markings, lighting and aircraft arresting systems to Civil Engineering (CE) for correction. Develop an airfield safety and compliance inspection program that includes an Operating Instruction (OI), Airfield Inspection Checklist, Airfield Diagram and Airfield Discrepancy Log (electronic equivalents are permissible) to identify and report discrepancies and/or hazards to appropriate agencies for prompt corrective action. Note: The OI may be incorporated into a consolidated Airfield Management Operations OI. The OI must include the following: Procedures that identify who, when, where and how to conduct airfield inspections and checks. Procedures on how to document and track discrepancies on the Airfield Inspection Checklist/Diagram and Airfield Discrepancy Log or electronic equivalents. Procedures on required actions to close or restrict a portion of the airfield from aircraft movement in the event an unsafe condition is detected. Procedures to ensure closed, unsuitable or non-operational areas (e.g., runways, taxiways and aprons) are properly marked and published in the AOI and the Flight Information Publication (FLIP). Publish a NOTAM to report conditions that will exist for less than 90 days. Procedures that clearly identify when additional airfield checks are required. Develop an Airfield Discrepancy Log or electronic equivalent to track the status of open discrepancies and/or hazards on the airfield (e.g., signs, markings, lighting, pavements, aircraft arresting system, obstructions, obstacles, etc.) until corrected. Provide the OG/CC, OSS/CC and AOF/CC a recommended list of airfield construction and repair projects (include priority and justification) to brief at the Facility Utilization Board (FUB) and Facility Working Group (FWG). The AFM attendance at the FUB and FWG is highly recommended. Provide airfield tours and familiarization training to wing and group commanders. Training is essential to wing senior leadership's understanding of airfield issues and responsibilities pertaining to Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, contingencies and deployments. Develop procedures (e.g., Checklist, Local Form or electronic equivalent) to notify as applicable, base/tenant/transient flying units, CE, Safety (SE), Control Tower, Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) or Ground Control Approach (GCA) Facility, Command Post (CP), Fire AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 9 Department (FD) and Security Forces (SF) of conditions that may impact the airfield and/or flying operations. Examples include but are not limited to the following: Runway, apron or taxiway closures. Parking spot closures. Construction projects and/or repair activities. Temporary obstructions. Wing exercises conditions. After duty hour opening of the airfield. Availability of airfield lighting or navigational aid systems. Develop procedures outlining AM actions in the event of reduced aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) capability. As a minimum, notify AOF/CC, CP, Supervisor of Flying (SOF) (if available), Control Tower, RAPCON or GCA facility. Send a NOTAM if the reduction in ARFF capability impacts and/or limits flying operations. Serve as a member of the Airfield Operations Board (AOB). Brief AM related agenda items outlined in AFI 13-204, as required. Develop a budget to support AM facilities and services. Submit a copy of the AM budget to the AOF/CC for inclusion into the flight annual budget. Develop an AOI and conduct a quarterly AOB when no USAF AOF officer and ATC function is assigned to the flight. (See Chapter 1 and AFI 13-204) Serve as a member of the wing Airshow, Open House, Civil Fly-In or special event executive committees. Evaluate each activity plan to minimize and deconflict any impact to airfield operations before, during and after the event. Serve as a member of the Air Traffic Control and Landing System (ATCALS) Review Board. (See AFI 13-204) Coordinate on base-wide operational and contingency plans that affect airfield operations. Coordinate on procedures (normally outlined in the AOI, Wing Flying Instruction, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, etc.) that outlines SOF, or other agencies, authority as it relates to AM responsibilities during in-flight/ground emergencies, Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) and Bird Watch Condition (BWC), Runway Surface Condition (RSC), Runway Condition Reading (RCR) and airfield inspection/checks. Ensure AM has adequate staffing, equipment and facilities (outlined in Chapter 3) to provide safe, efficient and effective AM services to the base and transient flying mission. Ensure all conditions that meet NOTAM criteria are processed according to AFI 11-208, Department of Defense Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) System. Ensure a CAUTION note is indicated in the Remarks section of the US Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Enroute Supplement when runway edge lights are located more than 10 feet from the edge of the usable runway surface. (Reference U.S. IFR Enroute Supplement, Section A) 10 AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 Ensure AM personnel eligible to deploy are postured accurately in Military Personnel Data System (MILPD) and the AEF UTC Reporting Tool (ART). Maintain a current copy of the Airfield Pavement Structural Evaluation, Runway Friction Characteristics Evaluation and Airfield Pavement Condition Survey reports on file in AM. The Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency (AFCESA) Pavements Division has installation pavement reports that can be view or downloaded at the following link: https:// Ensure runway weight bearing restrictions published in the FLIP are based on current pavement evaluation reports. Maintain a current copy of the rubber removal and painting plan on file in AM. Note: When excessive rubber deposits build up on the runway, publish a NOTAM (if not already addressed in the DoD FLIPs) advising aircrews that a potential for reduced braking capability and/ or directional control exist, particularly during wet RSC and include applicable airfield restrictions. Maintain a current copy of the aircraft arresting system annual certification on file in AM. When notified by CE that the effective pendant height has fallen to less than 38 millimeters (1.5 inches), issue a NOTAM to inform pilots of the reduced arresting system reliability. Process civil aircraft landing permits. (See AFI 10-1001, Civil Aircraft Landing Permits) Maintain a file copy of the civil aircraft landing permit and supportive information in accordance with Air Force RDS, Table 10-9, Rule 1.00. Coordinate with base agencies for the determination, assessment, collection and disposition of appropriate civil aircraft landing, parking and storage fees. Ensure appropriate actions are accomplished in the event of an unauthorized civil aircraft landing. Review airfield construction and repair project priorities for impact to airfield operations. Trend data collected from daily airfield inspections/checks and the AIRFIELD CERTIFICATION/ SAFETY INSPECTION REPORT (See Attachment 3) should be used to support project funding at the FUB or FWG. Annually review airfield related policies and procedures to include LOAs, MOUs, Operations Plans (OPLANs), Host Tenant Support and Joint-Use Agreements. Use a MFR, log or electronic equivalent to document reviews and maintain a file copy in accordance with Air Force RDS, Table 13-06, Rule 4.00. Recommend eligible personnel for annual airfield operations award nominations outlined in AFI 36-2807, Annual Awards Program, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), Air and Space Operations. Recommend eligible personnel for skill level upgrade and the award of SEI 368 in writing (e.g., AF IMT 623a entry). (See Enlisted Classification Directories) Coordinate with SF and CE for placement of control area signs on the airfield. (See AFI 31-101, Air Force Installation Security Program) AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 11 Coordinate with primary and mission support agencies to correct problems, improve procedures and increase efficiency of AM services. Coordinate with the EOC on emergency situations or contingency operations that affect airfield operations. (See AFI 10-2501, AIR FORCE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (EM) PROGRAM PLANNING AND OPERATIONS) Coordinate with CE, SE, Aircraft Maintenance and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Manager on the FOD Prevention Program and to ensure “STOP” bars, STOP signs and CHECK FOR FOD signs as required, are located on roads prior to entering flightline areas and vehicular roads that intersect runways, taxiways or aprons. (See UFC 3-260-01, Airfield and Heliport Planning and Design Criteria, AFI 21-101, Maintenance Management of Aircraft and applicable Engineering Technical Letters (ETLs), ICAO, NATO or Standardized Agreement (STANAG) criteria) Coordinate with Wing Plans to ensure activities such as exercises, deployments, etc., are not planned or executed on the airfield without prior coordination with the AFM. Ensure airfield restrictions and closures are processed in accordance with Chapter 6. Utilize the AFFSA AM Operations and Procedures Community of Practice (CoP) to access current Airfield Management guidance, quick references and messages. Air Force Portal registration and AFFSA AM Operations and Procedures CoP membership is required to access and download products. Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Management. Serve as a member of the Bird Hazard Working Group (BHWG) and coordinate on the BASH/Wildlife Hazard Reduction Plan. Maintain a current copy of the installation BASH/Wildlife Hazard Reduction Plan on file in AM. Brief the BHWG on issues and trends relating to AM’s role in the BASH/Wildlife Hazard Management Program. Major areas of concern include, but are not limited to problems encountered with base agency support, funding issues, bird/wildlife trends identified during airfield inspections/checks and current FLIP entries regarding bird/wildlife cautions. Ensure the following BASH information is published in FLIP: Restrictions to flight operations during each BWC. Local or seasonal (Phase I and Phase II) BASH hazards. BASH reporting procedures for auxiliary fields owned and/or operated by host flying wing. Participation with SE in the completion of the BASH Self-Inspection Checklist in AFPAM 91-212, Bird/Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Management Techniques is highly recommended. Provide the capability to control bird/wildlife hazards (e.g., active/passive techniques) to support the Bird/Wildlife Hazard Reduction Plan. Refer to AFI 91-202, The US Air Force Mishap Prevention Program and AFPAM 91-212 for additional AM responsibilities. 12 AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 Snow and Ice Control Management. Serve as a member of the Snow and Ice Control Committee and coordinate on the Snow and Ice Control Plan. Maintain a current copy of the Snow and Ice Control Plan on file in AM. Determine and report Runway Surface Conditions and Runway Conditions Readings as outlined in Chapter 5. Ensure AM personnel monitor and coordinate snow removal operations to facilitate aircraft arrivals/departures as required. Coordinate with Barrier Maintenance and NAVAIDS Maintenance on procedures to remove snow around aircraft arresting systems and navigational aids. Note: Snow removal operations in ILS area will be directed by AM. Coordinate with CE to control ice and remove snow from the airfield. Note: Snow removed from the airfield must be placed at a safe distance to prevent violations of airfield/airspace criteria and to eliminate the potential for snow berms that could interfere or impede aircraft operations on runways, taxiways, or aprons. Refer to AFI 32-1002, Snow and Ice Control for additional AM responsibilities. Airfield and Airspace Waivers. Coordinate on waiver requests that affect airfield and airspace criteria. Participate with CE and SE in the annual review of waivers to airfield and airspace criteria. Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), Weather, SF and ATCALS maintenance personnel are highly encouraged to participate in the annual review of waivers and provide technical expertise on their airfield support facilities/equipment. Maintain a current copy of the MAJCOM approved airfield waiver package and other airfield related waivers (e.g., temporary construction, signs, markings, lighting, weight bearing capacity, etc.) on file in AM. Note: Ensure AM personnel that conduct airfield inspection/ checks have access to all airfield waivers. Do not authorize a temporary airfield construction project to start unless a waiver has been approved by the installation commander. Obtain a copy of the approved waiver from CE prior to the start of construction. (See UFC 3-260-01, Attachments 2 and 15) OG/CC approves weight bearing capacity waivers. Obtain a recommendation from CE prior to requesting approval from the OG/CC. Ensure non-standard airfield systems (e.g., signs, lighting, markings, arresting gear, etc.) have approved waivers on file before operational use. Airfield Construction, Repair and Maintenance. Coordinate on airfield construction plans and monitor airfield construction, repair and maintenance activities. Participate in airfield construction projects from the planning phase through project completion. AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 13 Attend construction meetings. Develop a continuity book and/or file plan to track and monitor the following until completed or corrected: Active AF IMT 332s, Civil Engineer Work Request. Active temporary and permanent airfield related waivers. Any information providing the status of airfield discrepancies, to include proposed fix actions and estimated completion date. Airfield construction project plans and drawings. Airfield construction meeting minutes. Coordinate on all airfield construction projects that may impact airfield operations. Develop procedures (normally in the AOI, construction contract and/or safety plan) to monitor and track contractors working on or near the airfield. Establish vehicle routes to and from airfield construction areas and procedures for site maintenance, daily cleanup, waste control, material and equipment storage. Ensure contactors use the most direct route to minimize potential impact to aircraft operations. Develop procedures for contractor personnel to receive training on airfield driving and safety requirements before starting work. Ensure airfield construction contracts contain requirements for the contractor personnel to comply with these procedures. Participate in the final inspection of construction projects prior to accepting project completion. Review UFC 3-260-01, Attachment 15 or FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-2, Operational Safety on Airports During Construction, as appropriate, prior to the start of any construction projects on the airfield for the minimum operational safety requirements. Ensure construction areas are marked and lighted in accordance with ETL 04-2, Standard Airfield Pavement Marking Schemes. Construction areas must be properly marked, lighted and closed to aircraft/ vehicles as required. Normal airfield lighting circuits located within closed construction areas must be turned off and barricades properly sited to prevent inadvertent access. Coordinate with CE, FD, SE, SF, TERPS, Aircraft Maintenance, operations community (e.g., Flying squadron(s), Scheduling, Standardization and Evaluation) and tenant flying units as applicable, to determine the impact of proposed airfield construction and repair projects on airfield security operations, ARFF capability, flying operations, etc. Aircraft Parking Plans and Special Operations Areas/Ramps. Serve as the point of contact for development of aircraft parking plans. Maintain a current copy of aircraft parking plans (e.g., unclassified, classified) on file in AM. 14 AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 Annually review and coordinate on aircraft parking plans for compliance with airfield planning and design criteria in UFC 3-260-01, AFH 32-1084, Facility Requirements or applicable host nation criteria (e.g., ICAO, NATO, etc.). Maintain a copy of the aircraft parking plan review on file in accordance with Air Force RDS, Table 13-06, Rule 4.00. Coordinate with base support agencies such as CE, SF, Aircraft Maintenance, Transient Alert (TA), Fuels Control and Wing Plans to develop aircraft parking plans for base assigned/transient aircraft and base support plans. Coordinate with CE, CP, FD, SE, SF, TA, Maintenance Operations Coordination Center (MOCC) and Wing Plans to develop short-term aircraft parking plans for distinguished visitors, contingencies, exercises, static displays, airshows and other special airfield projects. Coordinate with CE, SE, TA, MOCC to designate areas for Engine Run-up, Drag Chute Jettison and Hot Pit Refueling. Coordinate with CE, SE, SF, TA, MOCC and flying units to designate areas for loading, unloading, arming and de-arming of aircraft with hazardous cargo and/or live armament (e.g., guns, missiles, bombs, etc.). Criteria to consider for designating these areas include but is not limited to security, safety of operations, airfield design to protect imaginary surfaces, apron lighting, water/fire hydrants, location of aircraft grounding points and access for ARFF personnel and equipment. (See UFC 3-260-01, Attachment 10, AFJI 11-204, Operational Procedures for Aircraft Carrying Hazardous Materials, AFMAN 91-201, Explosives Safety Standards) Maintain a current copy of the Explosive Safety Quantity Distance map on file in AM. Quality Assurance Program. Conduct an annual self-assessment of AM functions and services using AFI 13-218, Air Traffic System Evaluation Program (ATSEP), checklist and applicable HQ AFFSA/MAJCOM generated Special Interest Items (SII). Review and compare MAJCOM crossfeeds, newsletters, HQ AFFSA Trend and Analysis Reports, mishap investigation results, HQ AFFSA and MAJCOM Digest articles, e-mail, etc. Evaluate these items to determine local applicability and initiate corrective actions as required. Utilize the AFFSA ATSEP Community of Practice (CoP) to access current ATSEP guidance (AM ATSEP Checklist), HQ AFFSA Trends and Analysis Reports and messages. Air Force Portal registration and AFFSA ATSEP CoP membership is required to access and download products. Coordinate with Civil Engineers to: Provide a dedicated airfield maintenance team to perform required maintenance and repair activities and monitor pavement deterioration. Not applicable to AFRC bases. Establish a runway rubber removal and painting plan that includes a recurring budget and schedule. Note: Paint and rubber removal is considered satisfactory when 85% of the AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 15 rubber or paint is removed. (See ETL 97-17 Guide Specification – Paint and Rubber Removal from Roadway and Airfield Pavements, Section 6, Compliance Testing) Conduct runway friction testing in accordance with ETL 04-10, Change 1 and to remove built up rubber deposits when any of the following conditions exist or occur: Runway markings (e.g., centerline, threshold, touch down, etc.) are obscured due to rubber build-up. Notified by CE that the runway friction value is less than the Action/Planning Levels in ETL 04-10, Change 1, Determining the Need for Runway Rubber Removal, Table 2. Using ORM, the AFM, SE and OG/CC determine it is necessary due to potential or actual operational impact. Consider all factors when making the assessment such as pilot reported concerns, type of aircraft operations, etc. Correct discrepancies and/or hazards involving airfield signs, markings, lighting, aircraft arresting systems and pavements. (Reference UFC 3-535-01, Visual Air Navigation Facilities, AFI 32-1041, Airfield Pavement Evaluation Program, AFI 32-1042, Standards for Marking Airfields, ETL 04-2, Standard Airfield Pavement Marking Schemes, AFI 32-1043, Aircraft Arresting System or applicable host-nation criteria (e.g., ICAO, NATO, etc.) Develop a local operating procedure (LOP) for CE personnel to inspect and report airfield lighting systems reliability/outages to AM. Maintain vegetation growth on or adjacent to the airfield (e.g., grass mowing, tree/ brush trimming, etc.) according to AFI 91-202, AFPAM 91-212 and installation BASH/Wildlife Hazard Reduction Plan. These areas include but are not limited to overruns, drainage culverts/ ditches, approach surfaces and areas around airfield lighting. Note: Vegetation waste should be removed from the airfield to reduce areas from becoming a bird/wildlife attractant. Remove, top or otherwise control trees penetrating imaginary surfaces or those posing a hazard to safe airfield operations. Provide accurate runway weight bearing restrictions. Report the status and results of aircraft arresting systems inspections, maintenance and certifications to AM. (See AFI 32-1043, Managing Aircraft Arresting Systems) Place frangible signs specifying the correct elevations near the takeoff end of the affected runway when runway end elevations differ by 25 feet from the published field elevations. (See AFMAN 11-217, Volume 1, Instrument Flying Procedures and UFC 3-535-01, Visual Air Navigation Facilities) Conduct annual Airfield Certification/Safety Inspections. (See UFC 3-260-01, Attachment 2, AFI 13-213, Attachment 3) Coordinate with Safety on programs for: Bird/Wildlife Hazard Management. (See AFI 91-202 and AFPAM 91-212) Designating parking, loading and servicing of aircraft with hazardous cargo or live armament handling (e.g., guns, missiles and bombs). (See AFJI 11-204, Operational Procedures for Aircraft Carrying Hazardous Materials, AFMAN 91-201) 16 AFI13-213 29 JANUARY 2008 Developing and applying OPLANs to respond to aircraft incidents or accidents, in-flight emergencies (IFE) and similar disasters on or off base. Determining Risk Assessment Codes (RAC) and applying ORM principles for hazardous airfield conditions.[5]


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