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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 2014 as General
Aviation Appreciation Month in order to recognize
their value to New Hampshire citizens and businesses.

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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

New ! Runway Rehabilitation Project Begins May 12, 2014
The Runway 2/20 Rehabilitation Project at the Keene Airport will begin on May 12. 2014.  During construction, the runway will be closed for an extended period (45 days).  Runway 14/32 will be available for use except when the intersection work is completed.  Please check the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) regularly for runway and taxiway closure information.  Please contact the Airport Director for additional project information at 603-357-9835.

The 2014 New Hampshire State Airport System Plan is getting underway. This will be an approximately 15-month study, so we will be placing documents on this website periodically throughout the study. As you read through the posts on the Bureau's website about the new plan or just have a thought you'd like to pass along, please feel free to send the Bureau a note at or call us at 603-271-2552.

Update !   On May 10, 2013, USDOT announced that the 149 federal contract towers originally scheduled for closure on June 15, 2013 will remain open and fully staffed until September 30, 2013 as a result of PL 113-9, Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013.  The cuts were originally put forth to address federal budget cuts required by PL 112-25, Budget Control Act of 2011 (a.k.a., sequestration).  The air traffic control tower at Nashua Airport (Boire Field) was originally included in these 149 tower closures.  Commissioner Clement has written a letter to FAA opposing the closure stating, “There are well over 100 businesses that use Nashua Airport to serve markets here in the United States and internationally in Europe.”

Nashua Airport Tower Closure

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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