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Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Division of Aeronautics recognizes the
significance of a proactive approach to ensuring aviation’s role in the
statewide transportation system. The
Idaho Airport System Plan (IASP) provides the ITD-Aero an opportunity to stay
abreast of changes in the aviation industry and to determine how Idaho’s
airports should be positioned to respond to future needs and challenges.
State Airport System Plan provides input for federal planning documents.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) National Plan of Integrated
Airport Systems (NPIAS) is updated every two years.
The FAA provides money for eligible airport development from the Airport
Improvement Program (AIP). Airports
must be included in the NPIAS for their projects to be eligible for AIP funding.
Recommendations from the Idaho Airport System Plan will be included in
IASP is the Idaho Transportation Department’s comprehensive plan for linking
statewide aviation facilities with those of the nation and the world.
Idaho’s system plan also works in concert with Idaho’s Transportation
Vision. The Transportation Vision
examines all of the state’s transportation needs and sets the direction for
making improvements and investments in all modes of transportation.
the links to the most current and past IASPs:
Statham, Airport Development Project Manager,
the highway system, Idaho’s system of 126 public use airports are a critical
component of the state’s transportation system. And, also like the highway
system, constant maintenance and improvements are necessary to meet the needs
and demands of the traveling public. Simply put, current aviation system needs
far outweigh available funding.
The State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) is tackling the challenge of
targeting state and federal resources in a more strategic way by better
identifying and prioritizing aviation related projects. This process helps
ITD-Aeronautics and local governments communicate to decision-makers the need
for continued and increased investments into Idaho’s airport system. The program
is intended to be a continuous, multi-year funding program that will assess
short-term (0-5 year) and long-term (5-20 year) airport improvement needs for
the Idaho airport system. The SCIP is helping agencies including ITD-Aero, the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local governments to better anticipate
future airport development capital needs and to make strategic investments to
maximize financial resources.
ITD-Aero is developing and implementing the program on two fronts:
A program for airports eligible for FAA Airport
Improvement Program (AIP) funds.
A program for airports only eligible for Idaho
Airport Aid Program (IAAP) funds.
For AIP eligible airports, the
SCIP program is being developed in partnership with the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Northwest Mountain Region and the FAA Seattle Airports
District Office (ADO). The Seattle ADO is the primary FAA regional Line of
Business overseeing airport development and funding in the states of Idaho,
Washington and Oregon. In support of this partnership, the FAA has provided
ITD-Aero with a grant to develop an AIP eligible SCIP.
Capture for the first time at the state level both
the constrained and unconstrained needs of Idaho airports. This
data will be used to demonstrate to state legislators and other
local decision-makers the financial needs to maintain and
enhance this critical component of the statewide transportation
Use the process developed in partnership with the FAA
for federally funded airports for non-federally funded airports
Increase predictability, consistency, and efficiency
amongst ITD-Aero, airport sponsors and FAA when prioritizing and
distributing Idaho airport capital improvement funds.
Eliminate duplication of efforts. ITD-Aero will be
responsible for the annual collection of CIPs from airport
sponsors, which will alleviate airport sponsors from having to
duplicate communication with both the FAA and ITD-Aero.
Maximize efficiency by designating ITD-Aero as the
organizer of CIP submittals. ITD-Aero will then work with the
FAA to provide a more timely response from the agencies back to
airport sponsors regarding their CIP requests.
Joint coordination with FAA Project Managers as part
of the five year SCIP development process will result in:
Increased resources for airport sponsors to
discuss your individual airport CIP and airport
ability of Idaho to work with the FAA and
airport sponsors to better incorporate statewide
aviation needs into the overall SCIP development
efficient use of available AIP funds to Idaho
airports as well as the potential for increased
access to certain AIP funds as a result of
better SCIP planning.
a proactive, continual planning process for
years to come. This will result in a more
sustainable airport system, enabling ITD-Aero,
FAA and local governments to look ahead to
determine how the system can continue to be
improved and preserved.
As a new program within
ITD-Aero, full development and implementation of this program is expected to
take two to three years. Over the coming months ITD-Aero will be visiting with
airports to discuss the program, answer any questions and gather input about
More information will be added
to this website as it becomes available.
For more information contact:
Melissa Kaplan, Airport Planner and SCIP Project Manager,
The Idaho Airport Aid Program (IAAP) provides
for the discretionary allocation of grant funds to Idaho airport owners.
Only public entities are eligible to
participate in the Idaho Airport Aid Program.
Any county, city, village, or agency designated in Idaho Code, shall be
deemed an eligible public entities for the purpose of participation in the Idaho
Airport Aid Program.
The funds are derived from Idaho’s Aviation
fuel tax. The IAAP is a Trustee and
Benefit program providing matching funds to municipal governments for public
Allocations must meet high priority needs and
achieve maximum benefit and use of available funds.
The allocation program is designed to provide the greatest and best
utilization of limited Idaho Airport Aid funds and maximize availability of
The primary goal of the allocation program is
to further the proper development of statewide system of airports and fair
distribution of aviation tax money.
It is a
modest program with a budget that varies from year to year.
There are basically six areas where we provide assistance.
Airports – We provide about ±19% of our annual budget to our seven commercial
airports. Funding is calculated upon
the relative level of activity. This
may be used to match any other source of funding.
Airports – We provide about ±40% of our annual budget to 31 NPIAS GA airports.
We provide half of the local match required for a FAA-AIP Grant.
This covers State apportionment funds, non-Primary Entitlement funds, and
GA discretionary funds.
non-NPIAS Community Airports – We provide about ±30% of our annual budget to 30
non-NPIAS airports. These airports
receive no AIP funding and must rely on the State of Idaho for assistance.
We pay between 50% and 90% of the project costs depending upon the size
of the community.
Maintenance and Safety Supplies – We provide about ±1% of our annual budget to
supply airports with cost effective maintenance items such as lamps, light
fixtures, wind socks, lens and other items.
Simply, we purchase in bulk and provide the smaller quantities of items
to the public airports at or below cost.
Projects – We provide less than ±1% of our annual budget for one-time
unscheduled and emergency projects that cost under $ 2,000.
This ranges from wind sock standards, to tie down chains, crack sealing,
radio operated light switches, etc.
Airport Planning Studies – We provide about ±9% of our annual budget to small
communities and state-operated airports to prepare current airport planning
documents. We also provide a
consultant and any airport information available in exchange for the airport
operator seating a planning advisory committee.
Such studies usually include a Narrative Report with a Capital
Improvement Program (CIP) and a Land Use and Zoning Plan as well as a drawing
set including at least an Airport Layout Drawing, Airspace Drawing, Property
Drawing, and a Land Use Drawing.
The IAAP is administered according to the Idaho
Administrative Code IDAPA 39.04.04.
This rule requires that an airport owner must have a State approved airport plan
(section 200.01), and protective zoning (section 200.04) in place in order to
participate in the IAAP. However, if
they do not have a plan or protective zoning in place, or if these need to be
updated, the IAAP can provide funding for those items.
The airport owner may use force account
(in-kind) work as part, or all, of their required match for IAAP funded
projects. The value of the force
account (in-kind) work shall not exceed the amount to the Sponsor/Owner’s
designated match for this project.
The type, amount, and value of the in-kind work must be estimated and approved
by the State before the start of work.
The owner may use their own internal rates, or the rates listed in the
Idaho Transportation Department Standard Specifications for Highway
Construction. The airport owner must
also show that the use of force account (in-kind) work is in the public interest
and must demonstrate that it can accomplish the work with equal to or better
quality, and for equal to or less than the cost of having it commercially done.
Additionally, volunteer labor, materials, and/or equipment must be listed
as force account (in-kind) contributions.
The following lists identify what projects are
eligible under the grant program and the general priority of those projects.
- Planning, land ownership, airspace, land use, and
- Land acquisition including airfield,
development, and approaches
- Avigation easements
- Grading and drainage for: runway, taxiway,
- Construction of: runway, taxiway
- Reconstruction of: runway, taxiway
- Access roads and parking
- Obstruction removal for “Runway Protection
- Installation or rehabilitation of a segmented
- Installation or rehabilitation of perimeter
- Installation or rehabilitation airfield
lighting and electrical system
- Public use helipads
- Navigational and visual aids
- Lighting and other supplies to airports
- Construction of public owned / use buildings
for hangars, pilot lounge, rest rooms, etc
- Other items as approved by the Idaho
Ineligible Items For Use As Force Account Contribution
- Previous land acquisition
- Previous building construction or improvements
- Previous state grants
- Previous federal grants
- Facilities under exclusive lease or
Purchase or construction of income producing
Decorative landscaping, art, and sculpture
Preservation and acquisition of existing
landing facilities in danger of being lost.
Projects at existing airports that demonstrate
need and provide statewide benefits.
Development of new/additional landing
facilities in areas of greatest need, such as:
Projects improving aircraft operational safety.
Projects to maximizing use of federal funds.
Projects to protect prior public investment.
Statham, Airport Development Project Manager,
State of Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics (ITD-AERO),
provides information to airport owners located throughout the State that assists
them in maintaining and operating their airports. The ITD-AERO has determined
that providing information to airport operators on existing pavement condition
would be beneficial. Each airport operator makes frequent decisions about the
timing and type of maintenance and repair activities that should be applied to
their pavements so the pavement has an acceptable surface operational condition
and adequate load-carrying capacity.
assist airport operators in making these necessary decisions ITD-AERO elected in
the mid-1980s to implement a network pavement management system as one part of
the overall State Airport System Plan. A pavement management system provides an
efficient process for identifying pavements requiring maintenance and repair
activities and for establishing project priorities. The system also allows the
user to assess overall pavement network condition, to prepare and forecast the
budgets required to maintain the network at an acceptable condition level, and
to identify required maintenance and repair activities.
network level pavement management system for the 45 airports included in the
study allows the ITD-AERO and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to
assess overall airport pavement condition throughout the State, and to determine
pavement deterioration rates, both at individual airports and globally for the
state airport system. The implemented network pavement management system assists
ITD-AERO and the FAA in identifying feasible maintenance and repair strategies
for each identified project, and in prioritizing maintenance and repair
requirements based on varying funding levels. Having a network pavement
management system enables the ITD-AERO to best use the funds available for
pavement maintenance and repair, and assists in optimizing pavement network
project objective is to develop a planning tool for the ITD-AERO that uses a
rational basis for making decisions about pavement condition and funding
allocations for pavement improvement projects. The project objective is
accomplished by evaluating current pavement condition at the 45 airports
included in the study. Approximately one-third of the airports included in the
study are inspected each year resulting in every airport being inspected once in
Statham, Airport Development Project Manager,
Division of Aeronautics is under contract with the FAA to inspect 118 public-use
airports in the state of Idaho. These inspections are conducted on a three year cycle.
The inspection includes verification of airport data, services, and
evaluation of runway/taxiway surfaces and navigation aids.
Airport Facility Directories and Charts issued by both the State of Idaho
and the Federal Aviation Administration are updated using information gathered
during the inspection. Interaction with Airport Managers or sponsors during the inspection provides an
opportunity to address safety and maintenance issues.
Between inspections, airport managers or sponsors can assist in keeping
airport specific data current by contacting the Aviation Technician to report
changes or corrections.
Division of Aeronautics evaluates structures under the authority of Idaho Code
21-513 through 21-520 and Idaho Transportation Rule No. 39.04.02.
All proposals for structures in excess of 199’ or those of a lower height
located near a public-use airport are evaluated for impacts on aircraft
navigation. Mitigation of
aviation hazards typically involves marking and lighting of structures.
Proponents of vertical structures can contact the Aviation Technician if
questions regarding location, height (and the need to notify the Division of
Aeronautics of a proposal) arise during the project planning phase.
Notification of the Division of Aeronautics prior to construction best
accomplished by submitting a copy of the FAA form 7460-1 to our office.
This form contains all the information the State of Idaho needs to
accurately evaluate a structure and its location.
You can find a link to this form at:
should be noted that proponents of structures described above are required to
notify the Federal Aviation Administration to allow that agency to evaluate the
structure for impacts on the national airspace system.