Airfield CheckEdit

An airfield check is not a substitute for the required daily airfield inspection.

A2.2.1. All personnel performing an airfield check must be certified in their training record. Additionally, personnel must have completed the Airfield Inspection and Maintenance, Airfield Criteria and Wildlife Hazard Management CBTs and have an operational understanding of items in paragraphs (A2.1.5.1. to A2.1.5.10.).

A2.2.2. Use the MAJCOM or locally developed Airfield Inspection Checklist and Diagram or electronic equivalents to accomplish airfield checks. Note: A separate checklist may be used to conduct and document the results of an airfield check. Regardless of the checklist used, maintain documentation in accordance with Air Force RDS, Table 33-46, Rule 31.00.

A2.2.3. Document and report all discrepancies and/or hazards identified during an airfield check to the appropriate agencies for correction.

A2.2.4. Conduct and document an airfield check to examine the primary takeoff, landing and taxi surfaces in support of:

A2.2.4.1. IFEs/GEs. Note: The AOI must clarify when local policy does not require a physical response by AM personnel to IFEs/GEs or if it is a "SOF’s call." Document all "SOF calls" and IFE/GEs responses to the airfield on the AF IMT 3616.

A2.2.4.2. RSC and RCR determination.

A2.2.4.3. FOD/BASH/Habitat control, ponding, etc. Documentation of BASH/wildlife responses must include BWC, time of activity, weather conditions, location of activity, species, estimated number of birds/animals and dispersal method used. Note: Conduct this check before the start of flying activities each day and as required throughout the day.

A2.2.4.4. Nighttime/evening airfield lighting serviceability and marking retro-reflectivity check.

A2. MAJCOM may waive where appropriate.

A2. CE airfield lighting personnel may perform the lighting check when AM is unable to gain access due to system location such as on water. Ensure these procedures are included in a LOP or incorporated in the AOI.

A2.2.4.5. Wide body/heavy aircraft (e.g., B-52, B-747, C-17, C-5, KC-10, etc.) arrivals and departures as required by AOI.

A2.2.4.6. Prior to the start of NVG operations, AM personnel must conduct an airfield check of the designated NVG runway, taxi routes and IR lighting configuration. Document and report discrepancies immediately. As a minimum, notify the Control Tower, CP, AFM, AOF/CC and SOF if NVG operations must be suspended due to airfield safety hazards.

A2.2.4.7. Other events, such as unauthorized aircraft landings, severe weather, airfield driving violations, checks of construction areas, natural disaster (e.g., tornado, typhoon, earthquake etc.) to check for conditions that could affect safe airfield operations.[1]


  1. AFI13-213

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