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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 L. Schoeneck Lambert, Administrator
Bureau of Aeronautics



Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aeronautics sponsors the Aviation Art Contest to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state. The annual contest offers all children who live in or attend school in NH the chance to explore different aspects of aviation.

The contest theme for 2020 is "Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow."

All entries must be postmarked by January 17, 2020. Click here for complete contest rules. We look forward to seeing some great artwork! If you have any questions, please contact:

Danielle R. Plant, Aeronautics Program Supervisor
603-271-1094 or




Any questions should be directed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at 603-271-2552.
Registration contacts:

Danielle R. Plant, Aeronautics Program Supervisor
603-271-1094 or

Kathy Schmitt, Aeronautics Program Assistant
603-271-1456 or

In accordance with New Hampshire statutes RSA Chapter 422 and Code of Administrative Rules Chapter Tra 900, all aircraft owned by New Hampshire residents and/or businesses must be registered annually with the Bureau of Aeronautics regardless of whether the aircraft is in flyable condition or is based or physically located in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Aircraft Registration is independent from the FAA Aircraft Registration.

Aircraft registrations are non-transferrable.




Did you know that Aviation makes an interesting topic to research for students of any age?

Recently, two students found our NHDOT-Aeronautics website in their research of NH aviation.  Liam L. is working on a school project about airplanes and Trevor is working towards a Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge with his troop Lake Jennings BSA Troop 325.

In their research, both boys discovered an additional link for our Aviation Education Links page: History of Aviation

This website has a wealth of information and many additional resources to assist others in their research. 

Thank you Liam and Trevor!  We appreciate your contribution to our education webpage. 

Keep on exploring the exciting and rewarding field of aviation in New Hampshire!


NH Legislation changes Aircraft Registration fees

Senate Bill (SB) 565-FN was signed into law on June 21, 2018 which states in part the following:

287:2 Repeal. The following are repealed:
I. RSA 422:31, I-II, relative to aircraft registration fees.
II. RSA 422:32, III, relative to operating fees for operation of antique aircraft.

287:3 Aircraft Operating Fee. RSA 422:31, III is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
III. An aircraft operating fee for each aircraft for which a state registration certificate is required. The amount of the fee for an antique aircraft, glider, or experimental aircraft shall be $100. The amount of the fee for all other aircraft shall be based on the maximum certificated gross weight of the aircraft, as follows:

0-3,000 lbs. $100
3,001-8,000 lbs. $250
8,001-12,500 lbs. $2,500
more than 12,500 lbs. $3,500

287:6 Applicability
II. Effective July 1, 2018, the operating fee for an aircraft not previously registered in this state or an aircraft due for registration renewal after September 1, 2018 shall be the fee in RSA 422:31, III, as amended by section 3 of this act and there shall be no state registration fee for such aircraft.

Aircraft not previously registered in New Hampshire shall take effect with the repealed and reenacted fee scale July 1, 2018.

Aircraft previously registered (renewals) in New Hampshire shall take effect with the new fee scale January 1, 2019.

Please contact the Bureau of Aeronautics at 603-271-2552 if you have questions regarding your aircraft registration fees. Thank you.

NH Legislation requiring open to the public airports to report based aircraft

Senate Bill (SB) 565-FN was signed into law on June 21, 2018 which states in part the following:

422:20-a Reporting by Airport. The owner of each airport open for public use shall submit to the department quarterly a list of all aircraft, including the federal registration number for each aircraft that are based at that airport.

Quarters are defined as the following:

Quarter 1 = January 1st to March 31st
Quarter 2 = April 1st to June 30th
Quarter 3 = July 1st to September 30th
Quarter 4 = October 1st to December 31st

Please be advised the quarterly reporting needs to be submitted to the Bureau of Aeronautics, attention Danielle R. Plant, Aeronautics Program Supervisor, no later than 30 calendar days from the end of each quarter. The report may be mailed or emailed as a PDF. Quarterly Report form (fillable)

Please feel free to contact the Bureau of Aeronautics at 603-271-2552 with any questions or concerns.


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
Sununu has proclaimed March 2018 as General
Aviation Appreciation Month in order to recognize
their value to New Hampshire citizens and businesses.


Quick Links

UAS/Drone Operations

FAA is requesting feedback on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relative to proposed remote identification of unmanned aircraft system in the U.S. This Notice is posted in the Federal Register at Comments are due no later than March 2, 2020.

FAA Video Stresses Holiday Drone Safety

November 25 2016 - If you’re one of the lucky people who gets a drone as a holiday present, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to know how to fly it safely. The agency has released a video reminding everyone of the rules and regulations that safe drone pilots must follow.

As the video shows, before you fly your drone outdoors, the first thing to do is register it at If you’re going to operate according to the model aircraft rules, you’ll receive one identification number to apply to all your drones. Non-modelers must register each of their drones individually.

  • The video also stresses that whether you fly your drone for recreation or business, safety is everybody’s responsibility. And that means following the rules:
  • Don't fly near other aircraft or in restricted airspace, such as "No Drone Zones".

The video also tells you how to get the FAA's B4UFLY smartphone app that provides the latest information about airspace restrictions wherever you intend to fly your drone.

The bottom line: Safe flying is what smart drone pilots do.

Check out the holiday video.

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 2018

News and Events

New Hampshire Airport Improvement and Maintenance Program

NHDOT/Bureau of Aeronautics began the New Hampshire Airport Improvement and Maintenance grant program in 2019 for use by all public-use airports in New Hampshire. Funding for this program is made possible from the proceeds from the aviation fuel tax (aka Airway Tolls). Details of this new program are available on the Aeronautics’ Aviation Programs webpage.

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed HR 302 into law (PL 115-254) that included the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 ( This law authorizes FAA and their grant funding programs for FY 2018 through FY 2023. The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) is authorized at $3.35B each year of the law. Only FY 2018 AIP has had approved appropriations of $3.35B. FY 2019 through FY 2023 appropriations of the AIP are forthcoming.

Seaplanes vs. Milfoil and Other Invasive Aquatic Plants

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. 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.

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!

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