• FAA Rural Tower Update
  • July 7, 2017 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last summer, Congress passed an FAA Reauthorization that contained a provision which requires the agency to issue regulations to require the marking of “covered towers,” by July 2017 (Vol XIII, Issue 33). Under the law, “covered towers” are between 50-200 feet in height and located outside the boundaries of an incorporated city or town, on land that is undeveloped or used for agricultural purposes. This provision unintentionally includes many communications towers. The FAA has not released anything regarding proposed rules, and momentum is building for a legislative fix. The vehicle for this will be the FAA Reauthorization bill, which must be passed by the end of September. Congressional staff has provided that they are currently working on language to narrow the towers affected by the statute.