New FAA Tower Marking Requirements

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require landowners to mark all towers on their properties that are between 50 and 200 feet and to add the towers to a new database that the FAA is developing. The new requirements are the result of provisions in the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Under the provisions in these laws, meteorological evaluation towers (METs) meeting the requirements stipulated in the bills must be both marked and logged in to the FAA database. Communication towers of the same size have the option to be either marked or logged in the FAA database. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires this database to be functional by October 2019. The FAA is finalizing the marking requirements for these towers, but they are expected to be similar to the standards found in FAA Advisory Circular 70/7460-1L.


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