Airport Block Grant Program
The State of New Hampshire, through its Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics (Bureau), has been recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) New England Region to be a member of FAA's Airport Block Grant Program (Program). This Program has been in existence in the United States since Congress authorized the pilot program in 1990.
Airport Registration Program
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation/Bureau of Aeronautics is responsible for issuing appropriate registration certificates if it is satisfied that an airport conforms to minimum standards of safety and a safe air traffic pattern is identified. Registration certificates and renewal thereof may be issued subject to any conditions that the Department may deem necessary. It is important for all airport owners to consider registering their new airports with the Department. If for public-use, your airport could be eligible for state and/or federal grant funds for airport improvement projects and airport preservation efforts. Even if registered as a private-use airport, you may be protected from any future legislation passed by your local municipality against the operation of airports. In addition, per New Hampshire state law (RSA 422:28-VI), it is prohibited for any person to operate or permit operation of aircraft on or from any airport for compensation or hire, unless said area is registered with the Department of Transportation/Bureau of Aeronautics. Temporary heliports where commercial aircraft operations are intended, typically established at local events, also must be registered. There is no fee for registering an airport.
- Resource Order Form
Request a current listing of registered NH Commercial Aviation Operators and/or Airport/Heliport Development & Design Information Packets
- How to Register a New Airport, Heliport or Seaplane Base
Step by step directions on how to register airports, heliports or seaplane bases.
Please note that all proposed landing areas must comply with all applicable local zoning ordinances and regulations and shall not violate any local, state or federal laws or regulations in the development and construction of the heliport facilities. Any local, state, or federal permits necessary for the establishment and operation of these heliports are the responsibility of the airport sponsor.
- New Airport Registration & Site Certification Application
Applies to new airport development
- New Airport Registration Application Instructions
Assistance for the completion of the New Airport Registration Application
- Airport Registration Renewal Form
Applies to existing, registered airports; must be submitted annually
- Airport Registration Renewal Form Instructions
Assistance for the completion of the Airport Registration Renewal Form
- Temporary Heliport Application
For establishing a temporary commercial heliport
- FAA Airport Forms
Common forms for use by Airports and Airport Consulting Firms
Grants - Federal
NPIAS airports receive federal aid in the form of FAA grant funds. To learn more about applying for an FAA grant as a NPIAS airport, and for the latest forms and instructions, please visit our Airport Block Grant Program page.
Grants - Local
As valuable assets to our local and state economies and a benefit to the citzens of New Hampshire, the state of New Hampshire offers a grant program for those public-use airports throughout the state that do not receive federal funding for airport improvements. The Bureau of Aeronautics is pleased to provide procedures for the 50-50 Grant Program to assist in the request of state grant funds for the improvement of your airports. Step-by-step instructions from project inception through project completion are detailed and include applicable forms. For the latest information on proposed changes to this program, please view our News and Events page. As always, please contact us with any questions or for further information.
- Airport Eligibility & Grant Process
Minimum qualifications for airport eligibility and Step-by-Step outline of grant process.
- Eligible Projects & Project Chart
A listing of projects eligible for funds and Project Chart Tool
- Grant Application
Submittal for a Grant Application for State-Local Capital Improvements Projects
- Grant Payment Request
Submittal for a Grant Payment Request for State-Local Capital Improvement Projects
- Grant Payment Request Instructions
Assistance for completion of the Grant Payment Request for State-Local Projects form
- Grant Program Contacts
Support personnel within the Bureau of Aeronautics
The Aviation Users Advisory Board (AUAB) was created in 1986 by the NH Legislature to replace the Aeronautics Commission. The Board's function is to "regularly advise" the Director of the Division of Aeronautics, Rail and Transit on all matters related to the operation of the Bureau of Aeronautics.
AUAB Membership Roster (current as of April 8, 2015)
|Corporate Aviation Representative:||Lorri Badolato|
|Airport Management Representative:||K. William Hopper, AAE - Secretary|
|Aviation Association of New Hampshire Representative:||Gale Furey|
|Airport Authority Representative:||Ernest F. Loomis - Chairman|
|General Aviation Representative:||Garrett G. Miller|
|Airlines Representative:||Christopher F. Nevins - Vice Chairman|
AUAB 2016 Meeting Schedule:
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – Location: Nashua Airport, 81 Perimeter Road, Nashua, NH
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – Location: NH DOT, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – Location: NH DOT, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – Location: NH DOT, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH