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 general aviation
airports on behalf of FAA as part of its participation in the FAA’s State Block
The Georgia aviation system is a vital transportation link and economic support system consisting of 104 publicly-owned, public-use airports. To guide the development of Georgia’s aviation system, the Aviation Programs Office is working with a team of consultants to complete a long-term planning project, better known as the Georgia Statewide Aviation System Plan (GSASP). This project will help establish a new blueprint for progressive projects within the Georgia aviation system.
2018 Executive Summary
The 2020 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study quantifies the economic impact of the state’s 103 publicly-owned, public-use airports. The study determined that airports contribute $73.7 billion in annual economic benefit to the state, and support 450,500 jobs with a total annual payroll estimated at $20 billion. The study reflects a year-long effort to investigate, study and document the economic impact of commercial and general aviation airports in Georgia. Information in the study is intended to help the public understand the importance of each local airport and the role it plays in supporting the economy of the state.
The Georgia Airport Pavement Management Plan provides information on pavement conditions to assist with reviewing, planning, and prioritizing pavement maintenance needs.
The Statewide Air Service Study was initiated in 2019 to review commercial air service conditions in the state and evaluate the potential establishment of programs and policies to preserve and improve air service for the state’s citizens, businesses, and visitors.
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, 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