National Airport System
The national aviation system plays a key role in the success, strength, and growth of the U.S. economy. Approximately 590,000 active pilots, 232,000 general aviation aircraft, and 4,520 air carrier jets utilize 19,734 landing areas consisting of 5,179 public-use (open to the public) and 14,555 private use (closed to the public) facilities. This includes 13,477 airports, 5,576 heliports, 495 seaplane bases, 35 glider ports, 13 balloon ports, and 138 ultra light parks.
The Federal Aviation Administration, in concert with State aviation agencies and local planning organizations, identifies public-use airports that are important to the system for inclusion in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Sixty-four percent (3,332) of the 5,179 existing public-use airports are included in the NPIAS.
All primary and commercial service airports, all general aviation airports currently designated as reliever airports by FAA, and selected general aviation airports are included in the NPIAS.
California’s Airport System
CalTrans Division of Aeronautics is tasked with overseeing the California State Airport System and assuring it integrates with the national plan. This video provides an excellent introduction to the California airport system and the importance of maintaining these links to vitality.
California’s General Aviation Airports
“Links to Vitality”