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Effective 9/15/16 FAA AC No. 70/7460-1L supersedes the K Version

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration

Advisory Circular

Subject: Obstruction Marking and Lighting

Date 12/04/15

AC No: 70/7460-1L

Initiated By: AJV-15

1. Purpose.
This Advisory Circular (AC) sets forth standards for marking and lighting obstructions that have been deemed to be a hazard to navigable airspace.
2. Advisory Circular 70/7460-1L is effective immediately. However, flashing L-810 lighting has a delayed effective date and becomes mandatory on September 15, 2016.
3. Cancellation.
Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K, Obstruction Lighting and Marking, dated February 1, 2007, is cancelled.
4. Principal Changes.
The principal changes in this AC are:
1. The height of a structure identified as an obstruction has been lowered from 500 feet above ground level (AGL) to 499 feet above ground level, by amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 77, Safe, Efficient Use, and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace (75 Federal Register 42303, July 21, 2010). Accordingly, all structures that are above 499 feet AGL are considered obstructions and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will study them to determine their effect on the navigable airspace. This will ensure that all usable airspace at and above 500 feet AGL is addressed during an aeronautical study and that this airspace is protected from obstructions that may create a hazard to air navigation.
2. Standards for voluntary marking of meteorological evaluation towers (METs), less than 200 feet above ground level (AGL), has been added to provide recommendations towards increasing conspicuity of these structures, particularly 12/04/15 AC 70/7460-1L for low-level agricultural flight operations. These standards include those for lighting and marking of the tower and associated guy wires.
3. A new Chapter 14, Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems, has been added to provide performance standards for these types of systems.
4. New lighting and marking standards are provided to reduce impact on migratory bird populations.
5. Medium-intensity white and medium-intensity dual obstruction light are now authorized on towers up to and including 700 feet AGL.
6. Editorial changes have been made.
5. Related Reading Material.
1. Advisory Circular 150/5345-43, Specification of Obstruction Marking and Lighting.
2. 14 CFR Part 77, Safe, Efficient Use and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace.
6. Application.
The FAA recommends the guidelines and standards in this AC for determining the proper way to light and mark obstructions affecting navigable airspace. This AC does not constitute a regulation and, in general, is not mandatory. However, a sponsor proposing any type of construction or alteration of a structure that may affect the National Airspace System (NAS) is required under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations to notify the FAA by completing the Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration form (FAA Form 7460-1). These guidelines may become mandatory as part of the FAA’s determination and should be followed on a case-by-case basis, as required.
7. Comments or Suggestions.
Direct comments or suggestions regarding this AC to:
Manager, Obstruction Evaluation Group
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20591

Read the Complete Advisory Here:FAA-7460-1L-Painting-and-Lighting.pdf


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