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3 Airport users and tenants include â¢ Air carriers, â¢ FBOs, â¢ Banner towing and aerial spraying providers, and â¢ Specialized aviation services operations. The Guidebook has been designed to be used as a reference by various groups interested in understanding the grant assurance requirements, including the following: â¢ Airport management and staff, â¢ Airport users and tenants, â¢ Airport governing bodies, â¢ Local communities neighboring the airport, and â¢ Other stakeholders. The Guidebook is designed primarily for individuals who have not had extensive exposure to the subject of the grant assurances and their compliance requirements, although the supple- mentary information in Volume 2: Technical Appendices may be useful to more knowledgeable or experienced individuals dealing with a specific issue. 3.1 Airport Management and Staff The Guidebook is intended to be used by all levels of airport management and staff. It can be used by those seeking a general understanding of the grant assurance requirements and by those trying to address or resolve a particular issue or concern. 3.2 Airport Users and Tenants Airport users include air carriers, air taxis, and air charter operators; individual and corpo- rate aircraft owners and operators; providers of specialized commercial aviation activities, such as aerial spraying, banner towing, or commercial skydiving operations; fixed-base operators (FBOs), providing a full range of services to the public and other aviation entities at the airport; and specialized aviation services operations, which provide limited services, or even single ser- vices, for example, engine maintenance and repair and aircraft leasing. Airport users can employ the Guidebook to obtain a general understanding of the grant assur- ance requirements and to identify the particular grant assurance requirement that may govern a sponsor action of concern to the user and, once identified, to obtain a full understanding of the airportâs obligations and responsibilities, including any prohibited actions. 3.3 Airport Governing Bodies Airports have a variety of governance structures, including direct city/county ownership, state ownership, single-purpose authority ownership, and multipurpose authority ownership. The level of sophistication and understanding of airport operations and obligations can vary widely in governing bodies and in individual governing body members. S e c t i o n 3 Who Should Understand and Use the Guidebook?
4 Guidebook on Understanding FAA Grant Assurance obligations It is likely that governing body members will rarely employ the Guidebook directly to inform their decision-making. Rather, it is more likely that airport staff will present to the governing body the information from the Guidebook that is relevant to a particular issue or decision. The PowerPoint presentation accompanying the Guidebook is intended to assist airport staff in preparing and delivering these presentations. It is also likely that a governing body will be most interested in, or need to be informed about, specific grant assurance requirements, such as the requirements for the use of airport revenue, requirements for airport fees, and requirements for land use compatibility. 3.4 Local Communities Neighboring the Airport The areas surrounding an airport are often under the jurisdiction of a local government that does not operate the airport. The Guidebook and accompanying PowerPoint presentation can be used by airport staff to educate these neighboring communities and their officials in the same manner that this material is used to educate an airportâs governing body. Like the gov- erning body, it is likely that the interest of the neighboring community is focused on specific grant assurance requirements. In this case, those requirements might include the requirements for local coordination of major airport construction projects and for land use compatibility. Some aspects of the requirements for the use of airport revenue might also be of interest to these communities. 3.5 Other Stakeholders Other stakeholders include a variety of individuals or groups who may be affected by grant assurances or otherwise have an interest in better understanding grant assurance obligations. These stakeholders include the following: â¢ State block grant administrators; â¢ Airport consultants; â¢ Airport attorneys; â¢ Airport industry associations; â¢ Airport financial advisors, lenders, investors, and rating agencies; â¢ Concessionaires and contractors subject to disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) require- ments, including firms designated as DBEs; â¢ Airline passengers; and â¢ Local citizens.