Welcome to Aviation Office
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 27, 2022
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.
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.
FDOT Advanced Air Mobility
Oct 31, 2022
What is AAM? Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is defined by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as “an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible. ” More...
2022 FDOT Aviation Award Recipients
August 4, 2022
The 2022 FDOT Aviation Awards was announced at the 53rd Annual Florida Airports Council Conference is Orlando. The recipients were chosen for outstanding contributions to Florida Airports. The recipients include:
Aviation Professional of the Year: Nina MacPherson - North Perry Airport
Distinguished Aviation Service: Edmund Henke - Lee County Port Authority Stephen Borowski - Valkaria Airport
Commercial Service Airport of the Year: Sarasota / Bradenton International Airport
General Aviation Airport of the Year: Vero Beach Regional Airport
Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year: Tampa International Airport - Blue Curbside Expansion Project
General Aviation Airport Project of the Year: Ocala International - Jim Taylor Field - New General Aviation Terminal.
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.
|Apalachicola Regional Airport-Cleve Randolph Field||$67,270||Miami Homestead General Aviation||$187,967|
|Bartow Executive||$168,000||Northeast Florida Regional||$125,000|
|Boca Raton||$305,780||Palm Beach County Park||$1,709|
|Dade-Collier Training and Transitional||$108,000||Perry-Foley||$22,451|
|Fernandina Beach Municipal||$150,000||Pompano Beach Airpark||$135,200|
|Fort Lauderdale Executive||$122,800||Punta Gorda Airport||$100,000|
|Gainesville Regional||$58,591||Quincy Municipal||$65,000|
|Key West International||$590,240||Sebastian Municipal||$6,084|
|Keystone Heights||$401,735||Suwannee County||$325,190|
|Lakeland Linder International||$288,000||The Florida Keys Marathon International||$52,896|
|Marianna Municipal||$402,332||Treasure Coast International||$80,204|
|Miami Executive||$48,000||Williston Municipal||$559,628|
Florida Aviation Safety Fast Facts
June 28, 2022
Did you know that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) completed over 26,000 aeronautical studies for proposed potential construction in the State of Florida in 2021. That is an average of over 70 cases per day! These and other
Safety Fast Facts are in the new Florida Aviation Safety Fast Facts
State Aviation Manager
Aaron N. Smith
605 Suwannee St Tallahassee, FL 32399