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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

UAS/Drone Operations

NHDOT Bureau of Aeronautics encourages operators to refer to these online resources to learn more about responsible and safe flying in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Please contact the airport directly to advise of operations in vicinity of the airport.


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 2015

News and Events

A Focus on Aviation: Photography Contest & Exhibit

Share with us and other aviation enthusiasts what you love about aviation! The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight New Hampshire Aviation and express through photographs the impact that aviation has on our lives and our state.
There are 3 categories for submission: Collegiate (currently enrolled college student), Amateur, and Professional. This is a juried event. The first, second, and third winners from each category along with a "People's Choice" winner will be printed for an exhibit that will be showcased at Daniel Webster College, The Shepard-McAuliffe Discovery Center, and the Aviation Museum of NH.
The event starts March 1st and winners will be selected by March 31st. Photos must be taken in New Hampshire. Your photo just might inspire the next pilot or aviation enthusiast!
For more information, and to register go to:

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 [email protected] or 603-630-0076 for more information.

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.

Inaugural Pilot and Drivers Golf Tournament Deemed a Success!
A fundraising effort by the Granite State Airport Management Association was deemed a complete success by its participants. The tournament hosted at the Laconia Country Club had 60 golfers enjoying the beautiful weather and immaculate course to show their support of Aviation and STEM education in NH. The tournament raised over $6000. These funds will be used to support aviation facilities and programs that provide aviation education and outreach programs as a way to get kids interested and excited about STEM education and careers.

FAA Reauthorization
On Wednesday September 30th President Obama signed into a law a bill to extend federal aviation funding, which had been set to expire, until March 2016.The bill known as the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 3614) was approved by House on Monday and Senate on Tuesday in an effort to prevent an interruption in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) funding.Supporters have said the six-month reauthorization buys Congress time to negotiate a long-term FAA measure.

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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