Thursday, February 14, 2013
FAA Enters Second Phase of GA Airports Study
FAA is launching the second phase of its general aviation airports study, aimed at further defining the diverse functions GA airports serve within the national air transportation system.
In May 2012, the agency released the initial results of its 18-month study to capture a better understanding of GA airports, which resulted in the creation of four new categories for GA airports; national, regional, local and basic. A list of the airports and their categories are featured on FAA’s website.
A total of 2,952 general aviation airports were included in the first study, but FAA found that 497 of those airports did not fit into any of the newly created categories. Now, the agency is working with airport sponsors, state aeronautic divisions and industry to gather additional information about these undefined airports.
FAA said it plans to add an addendum to the original study in December with new information. More