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​Aviation Planning

Aviation Planning is charged with planning a safe, comprehensive, accessible, and integrated statewide system of public-use airports and is responsible for the following:

Georgia DOT's Aviation Planning provide technical assistance to airport sponsors and private entities in preparation of airport-level planning studies, including Airport Layout Plans, obstruction surveys, environmental documents, site selection, project feasibility and justification, and air service studies. The Department reviews and approves airport planning studies and environmental documents for the 95 general aviation airports on behalf of FAA as part of its participation in the FAA’s State Block Grant Program.

Airport Layout Plan Scope of Work Template
Airport Layout Plan Checklist
Aviation Programs Policies & Standards Guide
FAA AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design
FAA AC 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans
FAA Instrument Approach Procedures Request and Production Plan
FAA AC 150/5300-18b, General Guidance And Specifications For Submission Of Aeronautical Surveys To NGS: Field Data Collection and Geographic Information System (GIS) Standards
FAA White Paper: Guide to Airport Surveys
FAA Form 7460-1, Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration
FAA Form 7480, Notice of Landing Area Proposal

The Georgia Aviation System Plan is a statewide planning process that determines how each airport contributes to the statewide system; identifies the system needs; evaluates costs, surveys, studies, and standards; and prioritizes projects to meet the goals and objectives of a safe, adequate, accessible, and viable airport system in Georgia.
2003 Executive Summary

The Georgia Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study quantifies the economic benefit of the state’s 104 publicly-owned, public-use airports and determined airports contributed more than $62.6 billion in economic benefit to the state in 2010. These airports are essential to the state’s transportation and economic infrastructure, and support its diversified industries of aerospace technology, manufacturing, distribution, agriculture, and tourism. Data was gathered from on-airport businesses, capital improvement projects, general aviation and commercial service visitors, and reported as jobs, payroll, and total economic output.

Resources Description
Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study Executive Summary The executive summary details the study’s methodology, data sources, and findings in a condensed, practical format.
Georgia Airports Mean Business This film produced  features community leaders from around the state and Georgia-based businesses explaining the importance of their local airport in economic development opportunities and business location and expansion decisions. 
Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study Presentation This presentation is an overview of the study.
Individual Airport Brochures These brochures are located in the Airport Information section of our website.  Please select an airport, then select Economic Impact Study under Airport Documents.

The goal of the Airfield Pavement Management System is to provide Georgia airports, the Department, and the FAA with pavement condition information and analytical tools to monitor pavement performance, identify system needs, make programming decisions for funding, and provide information for congressional and legislative decision makers. Pavement at 103 Georgia's airports are assessed in these updates.

2012 Statewide Pavement System Plan​
2007 Statewide Pavement System Plan​
2002 Statewide Pavement System Plan


Aviation Planning staff conduct biennial airport inspections in accordance to Georgia Rules and Regulations 672-9-03 and the FAA’s Airport Safety Data Program, and issue Georgia Airport Licenses every odd year.
Rules & Regulations

Airport Data

Airport data, including airfield facilities and dimensions, obstructions,  and sponsor contact information, contained in the FAA's Airport/Facility Directory and 5010-1 Form, Airport Master Record, is managed by Aviation Planning staff. This data is essential to pilots, airport staff, and the general public and should be current. 

The FAA’s National Based Aircraft Inventory Program is an initiative to determine accurate counts of each airport’s based aircraft by providing an annual listing of aircraft registration, or N-numbers, by the airport to the FAA. Please note the FAA does not make registration numbers by airport available to the public, but uses this data in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) capital planning and funding justification requests to US Congress. It is important to the Department, as well, to have current and accurate data for use in internal analyses and funding requests. More information on the program is attached and on the website.  Aviation Programs requests airport sponsors update this data annually before December 15th each year.

FAA National Based Aircraft Inventory Program