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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.

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.

Grants - Other

Funding assistance opportunities exist other than the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and the state of New Hampshire’s State-Local Airport Grant Program that airport sponsors should also consider. As an example, the federal government has over 2,300 grant programs fulfilling various organizational needs from operations and maintenance to capital improvements and sustainability planning and everything in between. Non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and charitable foundations also offer funding assistance that may only be available locally thereby narrowing the possible field of eligible applicants. The Bureau of Aeronautics has begun an effort to list funding assistance opportunities that may be of interest to New Hampshire’s airports. This a work in progress and we welcome your feedback to make this resource even more helpful. The one-page introductory information and the more detailed spreadsheet are intended to be used together. To help improve these documents, please e-mail program information to Grant Possibilities - One Page. Grant Possibility Spreadsheet.

RSA 21-L:8 Aviation Users Advisory Board

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 November 22, 2017)

Corporate Aviation Representative: Lorri Badolato - Secretary
Airport Management Representative: Thomas J. Malafronte
Aviation Association of New Hampshire Representative: Gale Furey
Airport Authority Representative: William J. Moran Jr.
General Aviation Representative: Garrett G. Miller
Airlines Representative: Christopher F. Nevins - Acting Chairman

AUAB 2018 Meeting Schedule:

Friday, March 30, 2018, 10 am in the conference room at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. (Please note the meeting date has changed.)
Friday, June 15, 2018, 10 am at the Laconia Airport.
Friday, September 21, 2018 - Location to be determined.
Friday, December 21, 2018 - Location to be determined.

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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