To assist sponsors, owners, or operators of public-use
airports in the development of a nationwide system of airports adequate to
meet the needs of civil aeronautics.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Project Grants. Place Cursor Here for Definition
Advisory Services and Counseling. Place Cursor Here for Definition
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants can be made for integrated airport system planning in a specific area;
and airport master planning, construction, or rehabilitation at a public-use
airport or portion thereof. Authorizing legislation refers to an airport as
any area of land or water used or intended to be used for the landing or
taking off of aircraft and includes, within the five categories of airports
listed below, special types of facilities such as seaplane bases and
heliports. The statute further defines airports by categories which include
commercial service, primary, cargo service, reliever, and general aviation
airports. They are defined as follows: Commercial Service Airports are
publicly owned airports that have at least 2,500 passenger boarding each year
and receive scheduled passenger service. Passenger boarding refer to revenue
passenger boarding on an aircraft in service in air commerce. The definition
also includes passengers who continue on an aircraft in international flight
that stops at an airport in any of the 50 states for a non-traffic purpose.
Passenger boarding at airports that receive scheduled passenger service are
also referred to as Enplanements. Non-primary Commercial Service Airports are
Commercial Service Airports that have at least 2,500 and no more than 10,000
passenger boarding each year. Primary Airports are Commercial Service Airports
that have more than 10,000 passenger boarding each year. These airports are
further categorized as Hub Airports, based on the level of passenger boarding.
Hub categories for Primary Airports are defined as a percentage of total
passenger boarding in the most current calendar year ending before the start
of the current fiscal year. The definition and formulae used for designating
Primary Airports by Hub Type and Percentage of Annual Passenger Boarding are:
Large 1 percent or more; Medium - at least 0.25 percent, but less than 1
percent; Small - at least 0.05 percent, but less than 0.25 percent; and Nonhub
- more than 10,000, but less than 0.05 percent. Cargo Service Airports are
airports that, in addition to any other air transportation services that may
be available, are served by aircraft providing air transportation of only
cargo with a total annual landed weight of more than 100 million pounds.
Reliever Airports are airports designated by the FAA to relieve congestion at
a Commercial Service Airport and to provide more general aviation access to
the overall community. The remaining airports, while not specifically defined
in Title 49 U.S.C., are referred to as General Aviation Airports and comprise
the largest single group of airports in the U.S. airport system. Eligible work
at airports consists of: (1) airport master plans; (2) airport noise
compatibility plans; (3) land acquisition; (4) site preparation; (5)
construction, alteration, and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, and
certain roads within airport boundaries; (6) construction and installation of
airfield lighting, navigational aids, and certain offsite work; (7) safety
equipment required for certification of airport facility; (8) security
equipment required of the sponsor by the Secretary of Transportation by rule
or regulation for the safety and security of persons and property on the
airport; (9) snow-removal equipment; (10) terminal development; (11)
aviation-related weather reporting equipment; (12) equipment to measure runway
surface friction; (13) burn area training structures and land for that
purpose, on or off airport; (14) agency-approved noise compatibility projects;
(15) relocation of air traffic control towers and navigational aids (including
radar) if they impede other projects funded under AIP; (16) land, paving,
drainage, aircraft deicing equipment and structures for centralized deicing
areas; and (17) projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990, Clean Air Act, and Federal Water Pollution Control. Grants may not be
made for the construction of hangars, most automobile parking facilities,
buildings not related to the safety of persons on the airport, decorative
landscaping or artwork, or routine maintenance and repair. Technical advisory
services are also provided. Formula funds are available to primary commercial
service airports and to cargo service airports. Discretionary funds may be
used at any eligible facility.
Applicant Eligibility: States, counties,
municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, and other public agencies
including an Indian tribe or pueblo are eligible for airport development
grants if the airport on which the development is required is listed in the
National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Certain units of local
government may be eligible for grants to implement noise compatibility
projects. Private owners of public-use reliever airports or airports having at
least 2,500 passenger boarding annually and receiving scheduled passenger
aircraft service are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility: States, counties,
municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, and other public agencies
including an Indian tribe or pueblo, and private owners of reliever airports
or airports having at least 2,500 passenger boarding annually and receiving
scheduled passenger aircraft service.
Credentials/Documentation: Sponsors must submit
information establishing financial capability and legal authority to
accomplish the project and to operate the airport. Costs will be determined in
accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is
eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of
Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official
designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more
information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for
assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. A Preapplication
conference is recommended but not required. Consultation and assistance
available at FAA Offices. Applications should be reviewed under the provisions
of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 83 Stat. 852; and Section
4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, 49 U.S.C. 1653. An environmental
assessment will be needed for some projects. The standard application forms as
furnished by the Federal agency and required by 49 CFR 18, Uniform
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and
Local Governments, must be used for this program.
Application Procedure: Preapplication for Federal
Assistance, SF 424, Part I (facesheet) filed with FAA field office, reviewed
by the regional office and/or Washington office for program approval, as
appropriate. For master plans (may be combined as part of development
project), noise compatibility plans, and system plans, SF-424 and Parts II
through V of FAA Form 5100-101, Application for Federal Assistance, must be
submitted to FAA field offices. Level of approval is dependent on the type of
airport and amount of FAA monies requested. No State plan is required. This
program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Upon program approval for
development projects, applicant submits project application, SF 424, Part I (facesheet)
and remaining parts of FAA Form 5100-100 to FAA field office. Master, noise
compatibility, and system plan grant applications are submitted to FAA field
offices and upon approval, grant offers are made by FAA field offices. Either
the district or regional office prepares Grant Offer, FAA Form 5100-37, for
planning and development for execution by FAA applicant.
Deadlines: Primary airport sponsors must notify
FAA by January 31 or another date specified in the Federal Register of their
intent to apply for funds to which they are entitled under Section 47102 of
Title 49, United States Code. A reminder is published annually in the Federal
Register. Other sponsors are encouraged to submit early in the fiscal year and
to contact the appropriate FAA field office for any local deadlines. Sponsors
must formally accept grant offers no later than September 30 for grant funds
appropriated in that fiscal year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 90 to
120 days. If the project is challenged on environmental grounds, approval may
Appeals: Not applicable.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Current Federal
government share of allowable costs are as follows. (1) Projects at large and
medium hub primary commercial service airports: Airport development, 75
percent; terminal development, 75 percent; noise compatibility program
implementation, 80 percent; master planning and noise compatibility planning,
75 percent. (2) Projects at all other public use airports (includes commercial
service other than large and medium hub general aviation, reliever, other
commercial service, and eligible privately owned airports): Airport
development, noise compatibility program implementation, terminal development,
airport planning and noise compatibility planning all at 90 percent. Entities
eligible to sponsor system planning studies include State, local and federally
recognized tribal governments, designated metropolitan planning organizations,
and U.S. Territories and possessions. The range of financial or other matching
assistance required from nonfederal sources, varies from 10 percent to 25
percent depending on the category of the sponsor, the type of project and the
amount of public land in the State.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: No set
period of time. Assistance is released upon application for reimbursement of
expenses or by letter of credit.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: During the project, the sponsor monitors
performance to ensure that time schedules are being met. Periodic reports, as
required, are forwarded to FAA.
Audits: "In accordance with the provisions
of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States,
Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that
expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a
single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal
entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in circular No.
Records: Sponsors' records are required to be
made available for inspection by FAA, OIG/DOT and the General Accounting
Office. An airport layout plan must be kept up to date and available as long
as the grant agreement lasts, ordinarily a period of 20 years. Accounting
records reflecting all project costs, books, documents, and records pertinent
to grants are to be retained for 3 years after date of submission of final
Account Identification: 69-8106-0-7-402.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $3,142,000,000; FY 02
est $3,225,000,000; and FY 03 est $3,400,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
$12,000 to $35,000,000. Average: $1,250,000.
In fiscal year 2001, approximately 900 grant agreements were executed.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Federal Aviation Administration Order and Advisory Circulars (FAA Order
5100.38A, Airport Improvement Program Handbook, and FAA Advisory Circulars in
the l50/5100 series).
Regional or Local Office: Persons are encouraged to
contact the Federal Aviation Administration Regional Offices listed in
Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office: Federal Aviation
Administration, Office of Airport Planning and Programming, Airports Financial
Assistance Division, APP-500, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC
20591. Telephone: (202) 267-3831.
Web Site Address: http://www.faa.gov.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Construct new public airports; improve and rehabilitate existing public
airports; extend runways at existing public airports; purchase fire fighting,
rescue, security, snow removal and noise suppressing equipment; acquire land;
and install navigation aids. Planning at individual airports includes
demand/capacity analysis, airport noise control and land use compatibility
analysis, environmental studies, and system plans for states, regions, and
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Only those Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects considered by the FAA
Administrator to be necessary to provide for a safe and efficient airport
system and to meet the current and projected growth of civil aeronautics will
be considered for selection. The airports at which AIP projects are proposed
must be included in the National Plan of Integrated Airports Systems (NPIAS).