A state airport system plan is a representation of the aviation facilities required to meet the immediate and future air transportation needs of the state and to achieve the overall transportation goals of the state. The Plan covers a 20-year period in three phases. A five-year (1978-1982) short-range period is the basis for definitive programming; a five-year (1983-1987) intermediate-range period requires continuous planning coordination to be viable; a 10-year (1988-1997) long-range period requires continuous review and flexible programming to guide future development. The plan formulated in this document is an update of the Iowa State Airport System Plan Update which was prepared in 1976 for the Iowa Department of Transportation by the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) of the Iowa State University. Much of the inventory work and forecast methodology developed by the ERI for the 1976 update was used in this effort. The recommended system includes the limited number of airports at which scheduled air carrier service is available since these afford essential passenger and cargo access to a national network of air carrier airports. Other airports serving general aviation exclusively were evaluated for inclusion in the system using a formula which judged each airport's relative importance to the state system based on: existing and forecasted based aircraft; existing and forecasted total annual operations; existing and forecasted community population; county population growth trend, 1950-1970; county employment growth trend, 1950-1970; community interest; distance to nearest alternative system airport, and primary runway (paved or turf). Airports are classified according to proposed short-range development. The system is composed of 80 airports. System airports are eligible for all types of state airport funds, including development, planning and safety project funds. An additional 35 publicly owned airports and 6 proposed new airports are considered "system candidate" airports and are eligible for planning and safety project funds. The estimated cost to develop the 80 system airports to meet aviation demand over the twenty year period are: Short-range, $109,293,900; intermediate-range, $27,641,500; long-range, $45,732,700; total, $182,668,100. Short-range costs are particularly high in comparison to the costs associated with the remainder of the twenty-year period due to the immediacy or "back log" of needs that exists today.

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 93 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00178731
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM