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Bureau of AeronauticsWelcome to the Bureau of Aeronautics!

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation's charge is to plan, construct and maintain the best possible transportation system and State facilities in the most efficient and economical manner utilizing quality management techniques consistent with available resources and mandated controls. The Department is committed to excellence, safety, innovation and the future. The Bureau of Aeronautics works with aviation agencies at the Federal, State and local levels to preserve and promote a system of airports necessary to guarantee the future of air transportation in New Hampshire.

Tricia Lambert, Administrator
Bureau of Aeronautics

general aviation month proclamation
New Hampshire's general aviation
airports play a critical role in supporting the state's
access to the National Airspace System. Governor
Hassan has proclaimed March 2015 as General
Aviation Appreciation Month in order to recognize
their value to New Hampshire citizens and businesses.

Quick Links

NH State Airport System Plan
2015 State Airport System Plan

New Hampshire Aviation Facts

The NHDOT/Bureau of Aeronautics collects many statistics regarding the aviation activities it monitors and regulates. For more information NH Aviation Facts 2014

News and Events

Seaplanes vs. Milfoil and Other Invasive Aquatic Plants

This is the time of year when minds turn to vacations, fun in the sun, and family time. Many will seek out trips to inland waters of NH. We've all seen the announcements of invasive aquatic plant species in some of NH's inland waters (namely milfoil) and to be careful so as not to transfer plants or plant parts from one waterbody to the next. Most seaplane pilots already know that the milfoil issue is not just a boat issue but also a seaplane issue. There's a fact sheet published by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Protection that does a great job of identifying the issue and what can be done about it. While it's a little easier to manage the spread of these plants from boats, the job is more difficult for seaplanes that may take off from one lake and land at another one and yet another one. Keeping NH's inland waters in good shape is a responsibility we all share. The Seaplane Pilots Association ( holds safety seminars at which they've distributed free CDs with best practices seaplane pilots can use for not transferring invasive aquatic species from one waterbody to another. Mr. Kenneth Costa is the NH Field Director for the Seaplane Pilots Association and can be reached at or 603-630-0076 for more information.

Alton Bay Ice Runway is Closed for the Season!
Seaplanes Welcome as Spring Approaches!

Alton Bay Ice Runway in Alton, NH is a unique experience for any aviator or aviation enthusiast. Alton Bay Ice Runway is the only plowed ice runway in the continental United States. The runway was open for 22 days throughout January through March this year and had a record number of visiting aircraft. Alton Bay's Airport Manager and Crew documented 366 aircraft as itinerant aircraft. Preparations are underway for open water and the ensuing Seaplane Season! Visit the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway Facebook page.

Focus on New Hampshire Aviation
A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation photography exhibit was inspired by the stories that make up New Hampshire's interesting aviation history and its bright aeronautical future. The goal of the project is to tell a photographic story about New Hampshire aviation based on the topic selected for the year. The photographs selected will be displayed in such a way as to depict the richness of New Hampshire aeronautics.

The Bureau of Aeronautics is working alongside the Aviation Museum of NH and New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) to make this an annual project and event in our state. NHIA is providing the photographers by encouraging the participating of current and past students, lead by NHIA Professor Gary Samson. The Aviation Museum of NH is providing the venue for the grand opening and reception which will be held December 5th, 2014, 5-7pm. The exhibit will then travel throughout New Hampshire, being displayed at a variety of venues in 2015:

  • The State Library in Concord - February 1st through February 25th
  • Daniel Webster College in Nashua – April 3rd through May 15th
  • Library Arts Center in Newport – August 14th through September 18th
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Terminal – TBD

Skyhaven Runway Rehabilitation Project Complete!
The Runway 15-33 Reconstruction and Extension Project at the Skyhaven Airport began on July 14th, 2014. The rehabilitation of this runway replaced the old pavement with new, extended the runway by 200', and an approach lighting system was added to assist pilots in inclement weather conditions.

Concord Taxiway Construction Project Complete!
This project constructed a new taxiway (Taxiway B) parallel to Runway 12-30 and associated stub taxiways at the Concord Municipal Airport. The new taxiway is marked, lighted, and signed as part of this project. A portion of this project will continue into 2015 as it evaluates and removes obstructions to the airport's approach surfaces in 2015.

Keene Runway Project Complete!
The Runway 02-20 Rehabilitation Project at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene is now complete! The project closed out on time and under budget and has provided a beautiful new runway for the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. Not only will this runway improve overall safety for the airport users but will also act as an attractant for new business and commerce for the region.

Berlin New Jet A Tank Installed!
This project replaced the aging Jet-A fuel facility with a new 12,000-gallon tank and associated equipment. Providing a crucial service for New Hampshire's airport system and rescue/medical flights, Berlin Regional Airport is the only airport north of the Lakes Region and the Upper Valley that provides Jet-A.

Update on Federally Contracted Control Towers!
Current language in the proposed FAA appropriations bills proposed by the U.S. House and Senate fully funds the contract tower program at current levels for FY 2015. The House bill (H.R. 4745) and the Senate bill (S. 2438) can be found at

New 4-Year FAA Reauthorization

On February 14 2012, the President signed into law HR 658, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This law is the culmination of 4½ years of work to issue multi-year FAA reauthorization. The final text of the law is not yet available, however, the Conference Report that merged the House and Senate bills into one document lists the details of the final bill that was signed by the President is at Highlights of the bill include:

  • 4-year reauthorization (FY 2012 through FY 2015)
  • AIP funded at $3.35B annually
  • FAA's share of AIP grants will be 90% for general aviation, non-hub, and small hub airports
  • grandfather clauses were added to allow some commercial service airports to keep their primary entitlement funding under certain circumstances
  • Essential Air Service has been preserved but with some modifications
  • Contract Tower Program has been preserved at $10.35M annually
  • new language has been added requiring FAA to establish a program to encourage all public-use airports to identify opportunities to increase their energy efficiency
  • no changes to the PFC caps
  • no changes to ARFF labor provisions

NH Aviation News and Events

By the Way …

AeronauticsThank you for visiting our Web site. The Bureau of Aeronautics is dedicated to the promotion of New Hampshire Airports and will be glad to include information on upcoming events or significant changes at your airports. Airport Sponsors are requested to submit pictures and a brief description of the activity. In an effort to be more effective, we welcome your feedback so please contact us with comments and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you!

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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