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USDOT Mode and Resource Description: Federal Aviation Administration

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FAA's mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The agency strives to reach the next level of safety, efficiency, environmental responsibility, and global leadership. FAA's values are centered on safety, excellence, integrity, people, and innovation.

Airport Improvement Program (AIP)

Th AIP Program provides grants to public agencies—and, in some cases, to private airport owners and operators—for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Eligible projects include those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns.

This program typically funds planning and capital projects. The FAA Office of Airports has integrated a rural emphasis into AlP funding decisions, identifying rural airports as ‘nonprimary’ airports not located in a Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Airport Improvement Program Handbook contains additional guidance and resources for completing an AIP application and can be found on the program website (hyperlinked in the program title for electronic viewers).

Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Supplemental Grant Funding

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 authorized five years of Supplemental Discretionary Funding. Supplemental funding is subject to annual appropriations from Congress. Per the Secretary’s Announcement, Congress appropriated $500 million in FY19. As outlined in the Secretary’s Announcement, this program provides grants to public agencies—and, in some cases, to private airport owners and operators—for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Eligible projects include those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. As stated in the FY19 Secretary’s Announcement, more than 50% of this funding must go to small hub and non hub airports and airports eligible for non-primary entitlements. These types of airports are more likely to be located in rural areas than urban areas. 

Additional FAA Resources

For more information on FAA programs, refer to the following resources and links.

FAA Regional OfficesThe FAA operates offices and centers across the U.S. and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., our nine regional, shared offices and the William J. Hughes Technical Center and Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (Oklahoma City and Atlantic City) are strategically located around the globe. In addition, FAA operates in every major and regional airport in the U.S.

FAA Office of Airports: Regional Offices and Airport District Offices (ADOs)The FAA Office of Airports (ARP) is located in nine regional offices and twenty-two Airport District Offices (United States map depicting location of FAA Regional and District OfficesdADOs). In addition to administering the AIP program, the Airports organization provides leadership to airport owners and operators (as well as other key stakeholders) to ensure that U.S. airports are as safe and efficient as possible. ARP's goal is to optimize the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, economic and environmental sustainability, and fiscal responsibility of airports, with due consideration of State and local government priorities as well as the rights of private land owners and commercial stakeholders. 

Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) ProgramThe Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program allows the collection of PFC fees up to $4.50 for every eligible passenger at commercial airports controlled by public agencies. PFCs are capped at $4.50 per flight segment with a maximum of two PFCs charged on a one-way trip or four PFCs on a round trip, for a maximum of $18 total. Airports use these fees to fund FAA-approved capital projects that enhance safety, security, or capacity; reduce noise; or increase air carrier competition. 


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Last updated: Friday, July 23, 2021