A state aviation system plan provides agencies with an important planning tool to optimize overall system performance. FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-7, The Airport System Planning Process, outlines the basic elements of a system plan, yet it does not address specific components that may be unique to individual states. While the advisory circular provides a good base from which to work, research is needed to guide practitioners on how system plans can better reflect emerging trends, optimize increasingly limited resources, identify roles and responsibilities in managing state aviation systems, and scope system plans that meet the unique needs of each state.
The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for scoping, developing, and implementing state aviation system plans. The guidebook should build on FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-7 and allow states and practitioners to tailor their plans to meet their specific needs and governance structures.