Welcome 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
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.
- Aircraft Emergency Response
- Airport Directory
- Aircraft Registration Frequently Asked Questions
- Support the New Hampshire State Aeronautical Fund
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 (www.seaplanes.org) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Previous 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 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp112:FLD010:@1(hr381). 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
By the Way …
Thank 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!