Airport tower constructionThe Nation's airports are an indispensable part of the airspace system. To meet the current and future needs of these facilities, the FAA administers a grant program that allocates funds on a cost-sharing basis.

Fire truckThe grants assist public-use airports with a wide variety of improvements. Examples of eligible projects include runway construction and upgrading, purchase of rescue and firefighting equipment, installation of lighting, and noise-abatement measures.

The FAA maintains a national plan of airport requirements, evaluates the environmental impact of development plans, and administers a noise-compatibility program. The agency provides standards and technical guidance on airport planning, design, safety, and operations. The FAA certificates the safety of airports served by air carriers.