Florida is fortunate to be served by one of the most comprehensive and progressive airport systems in the country. The Aviation Office develops the Florida Aviation System Plan, promotes the development and improvement of Florida’s airports,
regulates airports, and protects airport approaches. Major activities include aviation system development, aviation grant program, airport regulation, intergovernmental coordination, aviation outreach and aviation emergency operations management.
Office Mission Statement
The Aviation Office guides and implements aviation system investments through:
- Program and project management to ensure a safe, secure, and reliable air transportation system
- Coordination of policy, public assets, and federal resources to enable the mobility of people and goods
- Advancement of innovation to preserve the quality of our environment and communities
Newly Published Aviation Office 411 Guide
July 13, 2021
The Aviation Office 411 Guide provides introductory information about a variety of FDOT aviation related resources in one place with links to access online content with ease on any device. Included are links, QR codes, descriptions, and summaries for these key publications and trainings produced by the Aviation Office.
Newly Published: 2020 FDOT Statewide Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual
July 8, 2021
As part of the annual Airfield Pavement Inspection and Airfield Pavement Distress Repair training, the Florida Department of Transportation has recently updated the Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual. This manual is intended
to be used by airport personnel to assist them with daily, monthly, and yearly pavement inspections as required by the FAA.
The 2020 Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual has been updated with the latest information from the FAA and the ASTM D5340-12 and was developed by the FDOT to assist Florida airport owner/operators to comply with the FAA Airfield pavement inspection requirements. Periodic and systematic airfield pavement inspections serve to enhance and extend the useful pavement service life and provide for the safe use of various airfield pavements throughout the airport. The various illustrations, charts and supporting information descriptions are presented to aid in the identification, severity, location, extent, and probable cause of pavement distress for both flexible and rigid airfield pavement types.
Newly Published: 2020 FDOT Statewide Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual
July 8, 2021
As part of the annual Airfield Pavement Inspection and Airfield Pavement Distress Repair training, the Florida Department of Transportation has recently updated the Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual and Distress Repair
Manual. This manual is intended to be used by airport personnel to assist them in performing basic repairs on the pavement at their airports.
The 2020 Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual has been updated with the latest information from the FAA and the ASTM D5340-12. This manual was developed by the FDOT to provide airport owners/operators general guidance for the maintenance and minor repair of pavements in accordance with the FAA AC150/5380-6C Guidelines and Procedures for Maintenance of Airport Pavements. The various illustrations, charts, and supporting information descriptions are presented to aid in identifying the probable cause of pavement distress, appropriate repairs, and how to perform repairs for both flexible and rigid airfield pavement types.
Newly Published: 2021 FDOT Aviation Emergency Response Guidebook
July 7, 2021
The Florida Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Florida airports, recently updated the Aviation Emergency Response Guidebook to serve as resources for emergency responders, both on and off Florida’s airports. This
guidebook is a tool for airport directors and staff to use when developing, evaluating, updating, or exercising an Airport Emergency Plan.
The Aviation Emergency Response Guidebook includes a catalog of emergency types, a summary of agencies involved in emergency response, and a description of specialized equipment used during aviation emergencies. The “Best Management Practices” section of the guidebook provides procedures, policies, and ideas identified by airports in Florida that may be useful to staff at other public-use airports. The “General Information Specific to Airport Operations” section will be useful to emergency responders who are not familiar with aviation facilities. The guidebook includes templates that will help airport staff develop, evaluate, or update an airport’s emergency plan.
Newly Published: 2021 FDOT Basic Aircraft Guide for Emergency Responders
July 7, 2021
The Florida Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Florida airports, recently updated the Basic Aircraft Guide for Emergency Responders to serve as resources for emergency responders, both on and off Florida’s airports.
This guidebook is a tool to inform emergency responders who are not experienced with airport operations or airport emergencies.
The Basic Aircraft Guide for Emergency Responders includes basic terminology, aircraft photos and information, and basic airport signage. The guide is a tool to help first responders identify certain critical details about different makes and models of aircraft, such as fuel tank locations, fuel line locations, fuel capacity, battery locations, passenger capacity, the presence of ballistic recovery parachutes, and the presence of seatbelt airbags. The guide includes diagrams illustrating fuel and electrical shutdown procedures, manufacturer recommendations for fire suppression, and basic communication procedures.
Airport Data Information Portal Update
July 23, 2020
In September of 2019, the FAA rolled out a new module inside the Airport Data Information Portal (ADIP) website to collect airport and aeronautical data. That module inside the FAA’s ADIP website is the Airport Master Record (AMR) Module. This module will be the primary means of making changes electronically to an airport’s FAA Form 5010 Airport Master Record and airports are strongly encouraged to use this portal. The goal is to streamline the data or information that the FAA gathers from airport sponsors and to expedite changes to FAA publications.
Airport managers are considered a key link in the information chain and the flow of information to the FAA. Airport managers will need to register a new account for the FAA’s ADIP website at: https://adip.faa.gov/agis/public/#/publicOnce registered, airports can access the AMR Module in order to make any needed changes. FDOT encourages airports to review and update their 5010 at least once annually.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Article
November 22, 2021
During the 2021 Florida Legislative session HB 77 was passed and signed into law as Chapter 2021-61, LOF, creating Section 330.401, F.S.. This statute requires public airports to require a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) safety mitigation and exclusion plan for certain fixed-base operators (FBOs) and for these plans to be made available during Florida Department of Transportation
Pursuant to Section 330.401(3), F.S., FDOT held a workgroup of public airport representatives on October 5th, 2021, to develop uniform industry standards based upon the requirements of Section 330.401(1)(b), F.S. In addition to these Statutory requirements, airports should refer to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Operational Best Practice (OBP) 36 when creating DEF safety mitigation and exclusion plans. Following these industry best practices will help ensure that DEF plans meet statutory requirements. OBP-36 was recently updated and can be found here: National Air Transportation Association | Preventing FSII Contamination with DEF (nata.aero).
About NATA: For more than seven decades, NATA has contributed significantly to the prosperity of aviation service companies and has been a catalyst for improvement within the aviation industry. Founded in 1940, NATA is the national association of aviation business service providers. Our mission is empowering our members to be safe and successful aviation businesses. NATA is the leading national trade association representing the business interests of general aviation service companies on legislative and regulatory matters at the federal level, while also providing education, services, and benefits to our members to help ensure their long-term economic success.
United We Stand Specialty License Plate
May 19, 2022
As you drive around Florida you will notice a variety of Florida license plate designs. In addition to the most common standard state license plate, Florida allows drivers to select from more than 120 unique license plates. Florida has license plates for a variety of family, environmental, charitable, and other causes. If you work in the aviation industry, enjoy recreational flying, or are concerned about our national security, you may want to consider purchasing the United We Stand specialty plate. (Created by an Act of the Florida Legislature in 2002 to support Secure Airports for Florida’s Economy.) Revenue goes to FDOT to fund security-related aviation projects pursuant to Chapter 332, Florida Statutes and to provide training related to airport security and management. In 2018, security assessments were conducted at 84 airports and specific projects were funded at 25 airports as a result.