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Airport Improvement Program

AIP
Number: 20.106
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
20.106 Airport Improvement Program
Federal Agency (030):
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation
Authorization (040):
Airport Improvement Act, Subtitle VII of Title 49 United States Code, PART B-Airport Development and Noise, Public Law 103-272.
Objectives (050):
To assist sponsors, owners, or operators of public-use airports in the development of a nationwide system of airports adequate to meet the needs of civil aeronautics. The purpose of the law includes the investment in transportation, environmental protection, and airport infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
Types of Assistance (060):
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Grants can be made for integrated airport system planning in a specific area; and airport master planning, construction, or rehabilitation at a public-use airport or portion thereof. Authorizing legislation refers to an airport as any area of land or water used or intended to be used for the landing or taking off of aircraft and includes, within the five categories of airports listed below, special types of facilities such as seaplane bases and heliports. The statute further defines airports by categories which include commercial service, primary, cargo service, reliever, and general aviation airports. They are defined as follows: Commercial Service Airports are publicly owned airports that have at least 2,500 passengers boarding each year and receive scheduled passenger service. Passenger boarding refer to revenue passenger boarding on an aircraft in service in air commerce. The definition also includes passengers who continue on an aircraft in international flight that stops at an airport in any of the 50 states for a non-traffic purpose. Passenger boardings at airports that receive scheduled passenger service are also referred to as Enplanements. Nonprimary Commercial Service Airports are Commercial Service Airports that have at least 2,500 and no more than 10,000 passenger boardings each year. Primary Airports are Commercial Service Airports that have more than 10,000 passenger boardings each year. These airports are further categorized as Hub Airports, based on the level of passenger boardings. Hub categories for Primary Airports are defined as a percentage of total passenger boardings in the most current calendar year ending before the start of the current fiscal year. The definition and formulae used for designating Primary Airports by Hub Type and percentage of annual passenger boardings are: Large 1 percent or more; Medium - at least 0.25 percent, but less than 1 percent; Small - at least 0.05 percent, but less than 0.25 percent; and Non hub - more than 10,000, but less than 0.05 percent. Cargo Service Airports are airports that, in addition to any other air transportation services that may be available, are served by aircraft providing air transportation of only cargo with a total annual landed weight of more than 100 million pounds. Reliever airports are airports designated by the FAA to relieve congestion at a Commercial Service Airports and to provide more general aviation access to the overall community. The remaining airports, are referred to as general aviation (GA) Airports and are defined as a public airport that is located in a State that, as determined by the Secretary does not have scheduled service or has scheduled service with less than 2,500 passengers boarding each year. General aviation airports comprise the largest single group of airports in the U.S. airport system. Eligible work at airports consists of: (1) airport master plans; (2) airport noise compatibility plans; (3) land acquisition; (4) site preparation; (5) construction, alteration, and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, and certain roads within airport boundaries; (6) construction and installation of airfield lighting, navigational aids, and certain offsite work; (7) safety equipment required for certification of airport facility; (8) security equipment required of the sponsor by the Secretary of Transportation by rule or regulation for the safety and security of persons and property on the airport; (9) snow-removal equipment; (10) terminal development; (11) aviation-related weather reporting equipment; (12) equipment to measure runway surface friction; (13) burn area training structures and land for that purpose, on or off airport; (14) agency-approved noise compatibility projects; (15) relocation of air traffic control towers and navigational aids (including radar) if they impede other projects funded under AIP; (16) land, paving, drainage, aircraft deicing equipment and structures for centralized deicing areas; and (17) projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Clean Air Act, and Federal Water Pollution Control. Under limited criteria construction of hangars and automobile parking are eligible. Grants for hangars and parking facilities are available on a limited basis. Grants may not be, made for buildings not related to the safety of persons on the airport, decorative landscaping or artwork, or routine maintenance and repair. Technical advisory services are also provided. Formula funds are available to primary commercial service airports and to cargo service airports. Discretionary funds may be used at any eligible facility and allocation is based on established criteria. The percentage of fund varies each fiscal year.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
States, counties, municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, other public agencies including an Indian tribe or pueblo, the republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia, are eligible for airport development grants if the airport on which the development is required is listed in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Certain units of local government may be eligible for grants to implement noise compatibility projects. Private owners of public-use reliever airports or airports having at least 2,500 passenger boarding annually and receiving scheduled passenger aircraft service are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
States, counties, municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, and other public agencies including an Indian tribe or pueblo, the republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau, The Federated States of Micronesia, and private owners of reliever airports or airports having at least 2,500 passenger boarding annually and receiving scheduled passenger aircraft service.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Sponsors must submit information establishing financial capability and legal authority to accomplish the project and to operate the airport. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Preapplication for Federal Assistance, SF 424, Part I (facesheet) filed with FAA field office, reviewed by the regional office and/or Washington office for program approval, as appropriate. For master plans (may be combined as part of development project), noise compatibility plans, and system plans, SF-424 and Parts II through V of FAA Form 5100-101, Application for Federal Assistance, must be submitted to FAA field offices. Level of approval is dependent on the type of airport and amount of FAA monies requested. No State plan is required.
Award Procedure (093):
Upon program approval for development projects, applicant submits project application, SF 424, Part I (facesheet) and remaining parts of FAA Form 5100-100 to FAA field office. Master, noise compatibility, and system plan grant applications are submitted to FAA field offices and upon approval, grant offers are made by FAA field offices. Either the district or regional office prepares Grant Offer, FAA Form 5100-37, for planning and development for execution by FAA applicant.
Deadlines (094):
Oct 01, 2012 to Sep 30, 2013 Primary airport sponsors must notify FAA by May 1 or another date specified in the Federal Register of their intent to apply for funds to which they are entitled under Section 47102 of Title 49, United States Code. A reminder is published annually in the Federal Register. Other sponsors are encouraged to submit early in the fiscal year and to contact the appropriate FAA Regional or Airports District Offices for any local deadlines. Sponsors must formally accept grant offers no later than September 30 for grant funds appropriated in that fiscal year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. If the project is challenged on environmental grounds, approval may take longer.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The local match is 10% to 25%.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
No set period of time. Projects are expected to be completed as expeditiously as possible. Most within one to two years from grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awarded by lump sum. Assistance is released upon application for reimbursement of expenses or by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
During the project, the sponsor monitors performance to ensure that time schedules are being met. Periodic reports, as required, are forwarded to FAA. SF-270. The recipient periodically submits form 5370-1, Construction Progress and Inspection Reports. SF-425. Project performance monitoring is conducted through site visits and reports.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Sponsors' records are required to be made available for inspection by FAA, OIG/DOT and the General Accounting Office. An airport layout plan must be kept up to date and available as long as the grant agreement lasts, ordinarily a period of 20 years. Accounting records reflecting all project costs, books, documents, and records pertinent to grants are to be retained for 3 years after date of submission of final expenditure report.
Grant recipients shall submit periodic reports containing the following information:
1. The number of projects that have been put out to bid under the grant and the amount of Federal funds associated with each project.
2. The number of projects for which contracts have been awarded and the amount of Federal funds associated with each project.
3. The number of projects for which work has begun under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with each contract.
4. The number of projects for which work has been completed under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with each contract.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Salaries) FY 12 $3,288,884,453; FY 13 est $3,343,300; and FY 14 est $3,350,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
AIP Grants) $9,335 to $70,000,000. Average: $1,712,960 for FY 2012.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Federal Aviation Administration Order and Advisory Circulars (FAA Order 5100.38C, Airport Improvement Program Handbook, and FAA Advisory Circulars in the l50/5100 series).
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Persons are encouraged to contact the Federal Aviation Administration Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Airport Planning and Programming, Airports Financial Assistance Division, APP-500, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591. Telephone: (202) 267-3831.
Web Site Address: http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/airports/.
Headquarters Office (152):
Kendall Ball, P.E. 800 Independence Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20591 Email: kendall.ball@FAA.gov Phone: (202) 267-7436.
Website Address (153):
http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/AIP/.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: : (1) airport master plans; (2) airport noise compatibility plans; (3) land acquisition; (4) site preparation; (5) construction, alteration, and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, and certain roads within airport boundaries; (6) construction and installation of airfield lighting, navigational aids, and certain offsite work; (7) safety equipment required for certification of airport facility; (8) security equipment required of the sponsor by the Secretary of Transportation by rule or regulation for the safety and security of persons and property on the airport; (9) snow-removal equipment; (10) terminal development; (11) aviation-related weather reporting equipment; (12) equipment to measure runway surface friction; (13) burn area training structures and land for that purpose, on or off airport; (14) agency-approved noise compatibility projects; (15) relocation of air traffic control towers and navigational aids (including radar) if they impede other projects funded under AIP; (16) land, paving, drainage, aircraft deicing equipment and structures for centralized deicing areas; and (17) projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Clean Air Act, and Federal Water Pollution Control. Under limited criteria construction of hangars and automobile parking lots. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Only those Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects considered by the FAA Administrator to be necessary to provide for a safe and efficient airport system and to meet the current and projected growth of civil aeronautics will be considered for selection. The airports at which AIP projects are proposed must be included in the National Plan of Integrated Airports Systems (NPIAS).