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25 Advisory Circular: The instructions from FAA on how to comply with federal aviation laws and regulations. Airport Emergency Plan (AEP): A comprehensive plan for dealing with all hazards reasonably expected to affect a given airport, required for all Part 139 airports and recom- mended for all other airports. All-hazards: The full range of potential threats—natural and man-made disasters, pandemics, and industrial accidents. Annual inspection: All airports subject to FAR Part 139 are required to be inspected annually by an FAA inspector. At least once in three years, this inspection must include a full- scale exercise, and this triennial inspection will determine the recertification of the airport for commercial operations. In the intervening years, a table-top exercise is typically used as part of the inspection. Certification: All Part 139 airports are required to have air- port operating certificates. Incident Command System (ICS): A systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response. It is the organizational doctrine used to execute a response under NIMS. Index: This term specifically refers to the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Index that relates the rescue and firefighting capabilities required at a Part 139 airport. The ARFF Index is based on the largest regularly scheduled aircraft using an airport. Mutual Aid Agreement: A voluntary, non-contractual arrange- ment to provide emergency or disaster assistance between two or more entities. It typically does not involve payment, reimbursement, liability, or mandatory responses. National Incident Management System (NIMS): The stan- dard system for managing emergencies and disasters by all federal agencies and federally funded activities. Part 139 Airport: A U.S. airport served by commercial air- liners with 10 seats or more, and therefore subject to the requirements in 14 CFR Part 139. Regional: Ambiguous term that could mean “interlocal” or “comprising several states.” Reliever airports: High-activity airports that provide general aviation with alternatives to congested hubs (where their presence might cause additional delay). Safety Management System: The formal, top-down business approach to managing safety risk, which includes a sys- temic approach to managing safety, including the neces- sary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies, and procedures. Stafford Act: The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emer- gency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as amended is the statutory authority for most federal disaster response activities as they pertain to the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency and its programs. GLOSSARY

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