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Idaho Division of Aeronautics LogoIdaho Transportation Department (ITD) Division of Aeronautics
1390 Gowen Road, Boise, ID 83705
Phone: 208-334-8775 | Fax: 208-334-8789 | TTY/TDD Users: Dial 711 or (800) 377-3529 to use Idaho Relay System

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DateEvent Contact Information
First Tuesday of month:
10 am - Noon
Nampa | Kilroy Coffee Klatch: Warhawk Air Museum hosts WWII generational people for a morning of conversation and friendship. All veterans are welcome.Warhawk Air Museum, 208-465-6446 or www.warhawkairmuseum.org

Group Fly-Ins

If your group would like to host a fly-in, you will need to review the information packet covering the necessary requirements and complete an application form.
Your application must be filled out completely, signed, and returned ASAP for planning purposes.

OUR MISSION: Aeronautics innovatively develops an adaptable, foresighted, and safe air transportation system promoting economic opportunity and opening gateways to adventure.
Kodiak airplane

Welcome to the Idaho Division of Aeronautics!

Jeff Marker
A word from our administrator . . .

Dear Fellow Aviators, Airport Managers, Communities and Guests:

Our vision is to forge a nationally renowned, progressive aviation system, but to do so working with Idaho’s citizens and aviation community. We want to ensure you have all of the information necessary to use Idaho’s aviation systems and resources to their fullest—and we designed this website specifically for that purpose.

Our dedicated team at Aero is here to help you with any questions you may have, and our website is a great resource for information on Idaho aircraft registrations; airstrip maintenance; airport planning; grant funding opportunities; requesting airfield supplies; safety and education; aviation-related events; and unmanned aircraft systems/drone regulations.

Since this site is for you, I encourage you to explore the information we have provided. Feel free to contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Idaho’s vast natural resources, unique landscape, and recreational opportunities provide incredible experiences for thousands of Idahoans and visiting pilots every year. Please use our resources to make your flying experience as safe as possible while enjoying all that Idaho has to offer.

Fly safe, plan accordingly, and enjoy our “gem” state!

Sincerely,
Jeff Marker signature
Jeffrey L. Marker
Administrator
Idaho Division of Aeronautics

Welcome Letter from the Division of Aeronautics

Mark Sweeney

Mark Sweeney, Chairman | Lewiston, ID | Term: 1/2019 – 1/2024
Email: mark_sweeney@selinc.com| Phone: 208-743-9148
Mark Sweeney Biography


John Blakley

John Blakley, Member | Boise, ID | Term: 1/2022 – 1/2027
Email: jblakley@avcenter.com| Phone: 208-466-5432
John Blakley Biography


Chip Kemper

Chip Kemper, Member | Rigby, ID | Term: 1/2018 – 1/2023
Email: chipkemper@aol.com| Phone: 208-745-7654
Chip Kemper Biography


Todd Hitchcock, Member | Twin Falls, ID | Term: 1/2020 – 1/2025
Email: spuraviation@gmail.com| Phone: 208-794-2444
Todd Hitchcock Biography


Chris Pomeroy, Member | Hailey, ID | Term: 1/2021 – 2026
Email: chris@iflysun.com| Phone: 208-788-9003
Chris Pomeroy Biography


See Calendar of Events (above) for Board Meeting Dates and Agenda

Jeff Marker

Jeff Marker | Division Administrator | Phone: 208-334-8788
Jeffrey.Marker@itd.idaho.gov


Shelly Haskins | Administrative Assistant | Phone: 208-334-8776
Shelly.Haskins@itd.idaho.gov

  • Aircraft Scheduling
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Aeronautics Board Secretary
  • Website/Facebook
  • Calendar of Events
  • ACE Academy

Derra Kolar

Derra Kolar | Technical Records Specialist | Phone: 208-334-8779
Derra.Kolar@itd.idaho.gov

  • Aircraft and Dealer Registration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Aviation Art Contest
  • Budget

Tim Steffen

Tim Steffen | Flight Operations Director | Phone: 208-334-8780
Tim.Steffen@itd.idaho.gov

  • Pilot
  • Part 107, sUAS Pilot
  • State-owned aircraft operations
  • State emergency response contact

Jennifer Schildgen

Jennifer Schildgen | Project Manager | Phone: 208-334-8640
Jennifer.Schildgen@itd.idaho.gov

  • Municipal airport grant program
  • Statewide aviation system planning
  • Statewide airfield pavement evaluation
  • Multi-year airport development program
  • Municipal airport project status
  • Airport layout planning
  • Technical assistance to airport owners and operators

Dan Conner

Dan Conner | Airport Manager | Phone: 208-334-8893
Dan.Conner@itd.idaho.gov

  • Maintenance of 31 state-owned airstrips
  • Volunteer and adopt-an-airport agreements
  • Responsible for seasonal caretakers
  • Status of state owned airports
  • Courtesy car management

Steffen Verdin | Airport Planner | Phone: 208-34-8784
Steffen.Verdin@itd.idaho.gov

  • State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP)
  • Airport Planning and Development

Flo Ghighina

Flo Ghighina | Aviation Technician | Phone: 208-334-8895
Flo.Ghighina@itd.idaho.gov

  • FAA 5010 and state airport safety inspections
  • Evaluation of airspace obstructions and compliance
  • Airport lighting and maintenance supplies
  • Liaison for back country and wilderness airstrips
  • Technical assistance for airports

Tim Henderson

Tim Henderson | Aircraft Mechanic | Phone: 208-334-8782
Tim.Henderson@itd.idaho.gov

  • Maintain state-owned aircraft
  • Part 107, sUAS Pilot
  • Hazmat coordinator
  • Search and rescue

Joe Fleck

Joe Fleck | Senior Utility Craftsman | Phone: 208-562-1246
Joe.Fleck@itd.idaho.gov

  • Maintain state-owned airports
  • Part 107, sUAS Pilot

Justin Fort

Justin Fort | Utility Craftsman | Phone: 208-631-5074
Justin.Fort@itd.idaho.goov

  • Maintain state-owned airports

Vacant | Pilot and Safety/Education Coordinator

  • Pilot
  • Part 107, sUAS Pilot
  • Search and Rescue Coordinator | Safety Seminars
  • Safety and Education | Website/Facebook
  • ACE Academy | Aviation Art Contest

Vacant | UAS Coordinator

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Pilot
  • Part 107, sUAS Pilot

Aero has three planes awaiting to serve, a King Air-9-10 passengers, a Kodiak-7 passengers, and a C206-3 passengers.

If you are anticipating any travel please contact us, the earlier the better.

Please follow the guidelines below to schedule an airplane.

Aircraft Requests:

  1. Send an email to flightscheduling@itd.idaho.gov. This email box is monitored by several folks so your needs will be seen, OR
  2. Go to https://wc.flighttrak.com/customcode/IDAHODOT for the calendar of where the plane is scheduled to go. In the upper right hand corner, you can click the “envelope” icon to send a message or request.
  3. Please provide:
    • Where you are going and when you need to be there?
    • Do you need to go to more than one destination? If so, where and when?
    • When can you leave your last destination to return to Boise (or wherever your flight originated)?
    • How many passengers do you anticipate having?
    • With this information, one of the staff can provide flight information.

Date in the Subject line:

  • When you are sending emails about scheduling a flight, please put the date in the subject line. This helps us find the flight faster. So the date in the subject line is really helpful.

Arrive 15-20 minutes EARLY!:

  • It is a long taxi from our new building. Passengers need to arrive a MINIMUM of 15 minutes BEFORE the departure time in order to be on time for your schedule. If the plane does not taxi out AT the designated departure time, you are already late on the other end. PLEASE be sure your passengers understand this.

Download a copy: Airport Facilities Directory (PDF version)


To download the App for the Idaho Airport Facility Directory, click the appropriate App icon below.

App Store – iPad, iPhone Google Play – Android devices

 

Report Suspicious Activity in and around the airport

  • Transportation Security Administration: 1-866-427-3287
  • Idaho National Guard: 1-800-832-1985
  • Boise Airport Security: 208-383-3110

Comments/Questions/Suggestion

Aircraft & Dealer Registration

Aircraft Registration


What do I need for online renewal of an aircraft registration?

  • Your registration renewal notice from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics
  • The red numbers from your renewal notice
  • A valid credit card & its billing address
    • Online payments for EXACT renewal amount ONLY
  • If you are a DEALER – STOP! Do NOT use the Online Aircraft Registration Renewal site.
    • You must annually email or mail your completed “Idaho Dealership Registration & Inventory” form to the Division of Aeronautics.
    • Please include additional fees with your payment for the number of Aircraft Decals that you need.
Online Renewal for Aircraft Registration


Click to review Frequently Asked Questions | Renewal for UPCOMING registration year due by December 31

For answers to your questions, click to read or download our FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions about Aircraft Registration

Registration fees collected support the Division’s efforts to maintain backcountry airports, conduct search & rescue operations, and provide all Aeronautics services.

  • Registrations are due annually by December 31 for the next registration year.
  • Registration is in lieu of personal property tax. | Required by Idaho Code 21.114

Aircraft Registration Application Form

Use the following (mail-in) form for newly-acquired aircraft, or new-to-Idaho aircraft, whether privately owned, business owned, or charter/leased.


Dealer Registration & Inventory Application Forms

Dealer’s are required to provide the Idaho Division of Aeronautics with information regarding the ownership and aircraft details for each aircraft in their inventory. Dealer registration fee is $40 per year plus $1 for each decal.

Dealers must also register planes flown for their personal or business use separately.


If you have questions or need airport directories, please email the Division of Aeronautics or call: 208-334-8775

Idaho Airports

Download a copy: Airport Facilities Directory (PDF version)


To download the App for the Idaho Airport Facility Directory, click the appropriate App icon below. The Idaho Airport Facility Directory App is available on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.

App Store – iPad, iPhone Google Play – Android devices

 

Idaho Division of Aeronautics proudly manages and maintains over 30 backcountry airstrips throughout the state. We are governed by Idaho Recreational Use Statutes and Idaho Code. We ask that our guests keep it clean and green for the beauty and adventure that Idaho has to offer, and assist in our continued efforts in keeping the locations safe and enjoyable for all users.

Group Fly-Ins

If your group would like to host a fly-in, you need to review the information packet covering the necessary requirements and complete an application form.
Your application must be filled out completely, signed, and returned ASAP for planning purposes.

Courtesy Cars

Four of our most popular airstrips offer Courtesy Cars, and many locations have campgrounds for our flying public. Courtesy cars are on a “first come/first served” basis, and donations are very much appreciated. We DO NOT accept reservations for any amenities, at any location.

Airstrips with Courtesy CarsAirstrip LocationOperations (Conditions Permitting)Contact Phone Numbers
Cavanaugh Bay Airport SignCavanaugh Bay (66S)Open Year Round, however NO Winter Maintenance provided.
Summer Caretaking Operations: Mid-April to Mid-September
Winter Operations: (Boise) 208-334-8893
Summer Operations: 208-443-2721
Garden Valley Airport SignGarden Valley (U88)Open Year Round, however NO Winter Maintenance provided.
Summer Caretaking Operations: Mid-April to Mid-September
Winter Operations: (Boise) 208-334-8893
Summer Operations: 208-462-6036
Johnson Creek Airport Sign
Johnson Creek (3U2)
aka Yellow Pine
Open Year Round, however NO Winter Maintenance provided.
Summer Caretaking Operations: Mid-May to Mid-September
Winter Operations: (Boise) 208-334-8893
Summer Operations: 208-633-3333
Smiley Creek Airport SignSmiley Creek (U87)Open Year Round, however NO Winter Maintenance provided.
Summer Caretaking Operations: Mid-May to Mid-September
Winter Operations: (Boise) 208-334-8893
Summer Operations: 208-774-2984

The Idaho Airstrip Network (IAN) Steering Committee continues working towards full implementation of the Action Plan which was approved by the Idaho Transportation Board (ITB) in July of 2005.

Planning & Development

The 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 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.

For more information contact: Flo Ghighina, Airport.Planning@itd.idaho.gov, 208-334-8895

The 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 ITD-Aeronautics 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.

Idaho’s 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 the NPIAS.

The 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.

For more information contact Jennifer Schildgen, Airport Development Project Manager, Airport.Planning@itd.idaho.gov, 208-334-8640

The Division of Aeronautics evaluates structures under the authority of Idaho Code 21-513 through 21-520 and Idaho Transportation Rule No. 39.04.08. 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 safety of flight and aircraft navigation. Mitigation of aviation hazards typically involves marking and lighting of structures. Proponents of vertical structures can contact the Aviation Technician directly, if clarifying details are needed or technical questions arise during the project-planning phase. Notification of the Division of Aeronautics prior to construction is best accomplished by submitting a copy of the FAA form 7460-1 to our office. This form contains all the information needed by the State of Idaho to accurately evaluate a structure and its location. You can find the FAA Form 7460-1 Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration at the following link:
https://www.faa.gov/forms/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/186273.

It 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.

For more information contact: Flo Ghighina, Airport.Planning@itd.idaho.gov | 208-334-8895

Purpose

Like 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.

General Benefits

  • 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 system.
  • Use the process developed in partnership with the FAA for federally funded airports for non-federally funded airports within Idaho.
  • 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 needs.
    • The ability of Idaho to work with the FAA and airport sponsors to better incorporate statewide aviation needs into the overall SCIP development process.
    • More 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.
    • Create 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.

Schedule

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 existing CIPs.

Stay tuned – More information will be added to this website as it becomes available .

For more information contact: Jennifer Schildgen, Airport Planner and SCIP Project Manager, Airport.Planning@itd.idaho.gov, 208-334-8640

Airport Supplies

Airport Supply Order Form


Dear IDAHO Airport Manager

Above is the link to the Airport Supply Order Form which includes a list of airport materials that are available from the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics.

  • The material may be ordered for use on any public owned, public use airport in the state of Idaho
  • Not available to privately owned airports or airstrips

These items are normally kept in stock and are available for shipment. Items listed are provided free of charge. For supplies not listed, the Division of Aeronautics may be able to provide source information to airport managers/owners.

Contact: Flo Ghighina, Airport.Planning@itd.idaho.gov, 208-334-8895

Safety & Education

Introducing Idaho’s Youth to Careers in Aviation! Available to Ages 13-18. We look forward to seeing you there.

Aerospace Career Exploration (ACE) Academy is designed to introduce high school students to aviation and space-related careers. As a participant in the ACE program, activities may involve field trips, forums, and a hands-on satellite project.

For further information, contact Tim Steffen at 208-334-8780 or Idaho.Aeronautics@itd.idaho.gov

Opportunity for Idaho students from Ages 5-18 to exhibit their Artist View of Aviation!

2022 Aviation Art Contest Winning Entries

 


Aviation Art Contest Prizes

  • First place winners:
    • Invitation to ride in an airplane
    • Copy of their artwork signed by our Governor
    • Congratulatory letter
  • Second place winners:
    • Receive $25 in art supplies
    • Congratulatory letter
  • Runners-Up:
    • Runners-Up and winners will be featured in the 2023 Aviation Art Calendar when it is released later this year

Artwork Categories by Age:
Age Group I: 5–6 years old
Age Group II: 7–9 years old
Age Group III: 10–12 years old
Age Group IV: 13–15 years old
Age Group V: 16–18 years old

The Idaho Airport Facility Directory App is available on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices or a hard copy of the directory can be sent by mail.

For a hard copy of the Idaho Airport Facility Directory email Division of Aeronautics, or call 208-334-8775.


To download the App for the Idaho Airport Facility Directory, click the appropriate App icon below.

App Store – iPad, iPhone Google Play – Android devices

 

Idaho Aviation Accident Score Card Annual ReportThe Idaho Aviation Accident Score Card (IAASC) provides details on all Idaho aircraft accidents that have occurred from the NTSB’s latest Probable Cause issuances. The source of data accumulated in this IAASC is compiled directly from the NTSB aviation database.

IAASC specifically includes total number of fatal accidents, fatalities, class of aircraft, pilot qualifications, and weather conditions at the time of the accident. In addition, IAASC provides an overview of Idaho aviation safety trends while final investigations of these accidents are being conducted by the NTSB. It will be published annually during the first quarter of the following year and a brief summary will be added to the spring issue of the Rudder Flutter.

For ideas, comments or suggestions, we would be glad to hear from you.

Tim Steffen | Safety/Education Coordinator | Phone: 208-334-8780 | Tim.Steffen@itd.idaho.gov

Aviation Safety Stand Down

Safety Stand Down Event

 
Idaho Pilots,

Thank you for making the 2022 Safety Stand Down a resounding success. Some references from the briefers are available below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Fly Safe Idaho
 

Safety Stand Down Itinerary

Aeronautics - Learn to Turn
 
Rich Stowell’s Learn to Turn


For further information, contact Tim Steffen at 208-334-8780 or Idaho.Aeronautics@itd.idaho.gov

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

These are proven operating practices that will ensure your Idaho flying experience is a safe and enjoyable one.

Comments/Questions/Suggestion

Publications

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Aeronautics Information

Runway Marking Plan

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Publications

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