The Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) initiated the Bowman Field Airport Area Safety Program (Safety Program) to comply with the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-required object clearing standards. Bowman Field is owned and operated by the LRAA.

Under the direction of the FAA and LRAA, an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the re-establishment and protection of runway approaches and airfield characteristics as defined by the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) that was accepted by FAA and approved by the LRAA.

 The first step in the Safety Program included an aerial survey of the airport and surrounding properties to determine the height of manmade and natural objects. Survey results were then submitted to the FAA for review and validation. The Flight Standards and Flight Procedures branches of the FAA then compared the data with the mandatory airspace surfaces based on current airport capabilities applicable to each runway at Bowman Field Airport. The result was a list of individual trees and tree clusters that penetrate or are within ten feet of penetrating the critical Terminal Instrument Procedure (TERPS) or the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 77 approach surfaces as determined by the FAA procedures. The Safety Program’s activities include:

  • Establish priorities to address the most critical areas first (based on property location and existing tree canopy conditions).
  • Acquisition of avigation easements over necessary properties to gain airspace protection.
  • Trees on the new easement properties will be assesed by a certified arborist. The homeowner, in consultation with the arborist, will decide whether individual trees can be trimmed or is it recommended for removal or replacement.
  • If a tree is removed, the homeowner may select up to two replacement trees from a list compiled by a certified arborist for use in this climate.
Project Bowman Field
Client Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Location Louisville, Kentucky