General Aviation Airports
Commercial airlines serve only 27 of California’s public use airports. The remaining 216 airports are considered General Aviation airports. Though not particularly descriptive, the term “General Aviation” most commonly refers to all aviation activity that is neither military nor scheduled airline. Occasionally non-GA operations will take place at a predominantly GA airport, but overall, the generic term works for the discussion.
GA Airports in the National Plan of Integrated Airport System (NPIAS)
In 2011, 158 of California’s public use airports were included in the NPIAS. This does not mean that the 58 airports excluded had no value to the public. There are many possible reasons why they did not qualify. Perhaps they did not meet the minimum entry criteria, were located at inadequate sites, could not be expanded and improved to provide a safe and efficient airport, or were located within 20 miles of another NPIAS airport. In any situation, inclusion in the NPIAS remains a requirement to obtain funds through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.
California’s General Aviation Airports
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