Aviation Manager and Sponsors

State funding programs

Overview

Iowa System PlanThe Office of Aviation administers two major categories of state aviation funding programs: the AIP and the General Aviation Airport Vertical Infrastructure Program (GAVI). Funding allocations for the programs and project selection are approved annually by the Iowa Transportation Commission. The AIP is funded through the State Aviation Fund, with revenues from aircraft registration fees and aircraft fuel taxes, and is used to support airport grants, on going aviation related services, special projects and statewide planning. The GAVI is funded through annual appropriations from the state legislature for general aviation and commercial air service airports.

Applications for safety related grant programs (operational emergencies, pavement maintenance and wildlife mitigation) are accepted on an ongoing, as needed basis while funds are available. Applications for airfield development, air service development, land use planning and vertical infrastructure grants are requested on an annual basis.

In addition to airport grant programs, the Office of Aviation also maintains the Iowa aviation weather system, manages the runway marking program, and provides windsocks to airports and heliports.


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Grant programs

Airport development and security

Airport Public-owned airport sponsors may apply for grants to assist in the preservation and development of the airfield and related infrastructure. Eligible projects are funded up to 85% and generally include planning and improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security and environmental concerns.

Applications are submitted as part of the annual application process. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria, and application process can be found in the
Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor's Guide to State Aviation Programmed Services (PDF)
.


Airport state funding application

General Aviation Vertical Infrastructure (GAVI) Program

HangerPublic owned general aviation airport sponsors may apply for General Aviation Vertical Infrastructure (GAVI) projects that include landside development and renovation of airport terminals, hangars, maintenance buildings, and fuel facilities. Routine maintenance of buildings and minor renovation projects are not eligible. Eligible projects may be funded up to 85 percent when funding is available for the program.

Applications are submitted as part of the annual application process. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria and application process can be found in the
Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor's Guide to State Aviation Programmed Services (PDF)
.

Airport state funding application

Commercial Air Service Vertical Infrastructure (CSVI) Program

The Commercial Service Vertical Infrastructure (CSVI) program provides funding for landside development and renovation of terminals, hangars, maintenance buildings, and fuel facilities at commercial service airports. Routine maintenance of buildings and minor renovation projects are not eligible.

Appropriated funds are distributed to the commercial service airports by a 50/40/10 formula. One half of the funds are allocated equally between each airport, 40 percent of the funds are allocated based on the percentage of enplaned passengers at each airport versus the total number of enplaned passengers in the state, and 10 percent of the funds are allocated based on the percentage of the air cargo tonnage at each airport versus the total tonnage in the state. Commercial service airports are required to submit applications for specific projects for approval by the Transportation Commission. No local match is required.

Applications are submitted as part of the annual application process. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria, and application process can be found in the
Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor Guide (PDF).


Airport state funding application

Air Service Development Program

Air Service Development The Air Service Development (ASD) program provides assistance to commercial service airports in Iowa to maintain and enhance passenger air service in the state. Targeted funding is used to attract and retain air service based on the particular needs and circumstances of the airport’s passenger air service market. The Air Service Development Program includes two types of grants: Sustainment and Enhancement.

Air Service Sustainment grants provide assistance to commercial service airports in Iowa to maintain and/or increase passenger enplanements in a market area through ongoing marketing and education programs. Commercial service airports apply for the grants on an annual basis.

Air Service Enhancement grants provide financial assistance when opportunities arise that may require financial incentives or market entry support. Airport sponsors may apply for this special grant at any time.

Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria, and application process can be found in the Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor Guide (PDF).

Land Use Planning and Zoning

Land Use Planning and Zoning The Land Use Planning and Zoning program encourages airport sponsors, cities, and counties to enact airport zoning that protects compatible land use near airports. Airport sponsors are also encouraged to work with city and county comprehensive plans to include compatible land use protection for airports. Airport sponsors interested in funding for this purpose must first work with the Office of Aviation to develop a scope of work and sign an agreement. No reimbursement for the project will occur until the zoning or comprehensive plan has been adopted by the appropriate parties.

Applications for funding are accepted throughout the year or as part of the annual application process. An agreement must be signed prior to beginning the planning study. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria, and application process can be found in the Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor Guide (PDF).

Land Use Planning Application form

Immediate Safety Enhancement Program

Emergency Operational Repairs The Immediate Safety Enhancement (ISE) program is intended to assist airports with safety related repairs to existing equipment that may malfunction, as well as infrastructure that may be damaged, outside the typical grant application process. Safety-related issues identified by the airport inspector as needing immediate attention may also be included. This program includes emergency repair to communication and navigational equipment, runway blow-ups, lighting and other safety-related issues. Pavement maintenance and other safety issues may be included if identified by the airport inspector as needing immediate attention.

Applications for funding are accepted throughout the year. An agreement must be signed prior to beginning the repair. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria and the application process can be found in the Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor Guide (PDF).

Immediate Safety Enhancement Application

Pavement Maintenance

Pavement MaintenanceAirports should establish routine pavement maintenance to maximize the life of airfield pavements. The Office of Aviation coordinates periodic pavement inspections at airports eligible for federal funds to provide airport sponsors with tools to maximize the life of airfield pavements. Airport sponsors are encouraged to use the pavement management reports to conduct routine inspections and schedule routine maintenance to prolong the life of pavements. Applications for routine maintenance such as joint filling and sealing, surface treatment, and slab replacement should be submitted through the annual state airport improvement funding application process.

Funding may be available throughout the year for immediate pavement issues such as runway blow-ups or other pavement safety issues identified by the airport inspector as needing immediate attention through the ISE Program.

Airport Wildlife Hazard Mitigation

Wildlife MitigationThe Wildlife Mitigation Program provides assistance to airport sponsors in mitigating and removing wildlife from airports to reduce the potential for wildlife strikes. The Iowa DOT Office of Aviation coordinates agreements with USDA Wildlife Services to perform year long wildlife studies or mitigation activity at airports, provide resources and training for airports to conduct their own mitigation, and coordinate deer depredation efforts with the Iowa DNR. Activities eligible at an airport will reflect findings from initial consultations with the USDA Wildlife Services biologists.

Applications for funding are accepted throughout the year. An agreement must be signed between the airport sponsor and the Iowa DOT prior to Wildlife Services beginning the work. Additional information on project eligibility, selection criteria, and application process can be found in the Iowa Airport Manager and Sponsor Guide (PDF).

Wildlife Mitigation Application form   

Bidding/Consultant information

All projects meeting the definition of public improvements must follow the competitive bid and competitive quotation procedures for vertical infrastructure defined in Iowa Code Chapter 26.

Bid and quotation thresholds

The Iowa DOT prequalifies consultants for work under various categories. See the following links below to find consultants that have been prequalified for aviation related services.




Iowa DOT Office of Aviation | 800 Lincoln Way | Ames, IA 50010
515-239-1691 | Fax: 515-233-7983
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