The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) identifies nearly 3,400 existing and proposed airports that are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). It also includes estimates of the amount of AIP money needed to fund infrastructure development projects that will bring these airports up to current design standards and add capacity to congested airports. The FAA is required to provide Congress with a 5-year estimate of AIP eligible development every two years.

The NPIAS contains all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and selected general aviation airports.

Evaluating the Formulation of the NPIAS

This report was submitted to Congress by the Secretary of Transportation on November 4, 2015, in accordance with section 155 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-95. The FAA was directed to study the formulation of the NPIAS and evaluate six specific issues.

This report documents the findings and provides policy considerations for each issue. Each chapter of the report corresponds to a section in the legislation, with the exception of chapter 2, which addresses the matters identified in sections 155(b)(2) and (b)(3) of the FMRA. At the end of each chapter is a list of findings and policy considerations.

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