Our national aviation system is a vital transportation network connecting people and goods across the country and to other parts of the world. Building on a proud history of innovation in aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now engaged in transforming the system to meet 21st century air travel needs. As we carry out our mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world, we are accountable to the American public.

The views of communities—including local residents, the general public, and stakeholders—are important to the FAA as we take the next steps to advance the national aviation system. This update to the FAA’s Community Involvement Manual reaffirms our commitment to inform and involve the public and to give meaningful consideration to community concerns and views as the FAA makes
aviation decisions that affect them.

The FAA would like to thank those who contributed to this Community Involvement Manual. We received significant advice and input through more than 40 interviews with local community groups, airports, aviation associations, and consultants. We also had the benefit of recommendations and specific suggestions from the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). The contribution
of these organizations and individuals was critical in ensuring that a balance of perspectives and experiences were considered and are reflected in this manual.