The 2012 Military Airport Program (MAP) uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian use and supports joint-use airports. MAP funding, a set-aside of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), provides a boost to civilian aviation capacity by upgrading former military airports. The type of projects that compete for MAP funding include building or rehabilitating parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield projects. The 2012 Reauthorization Act increased the number of general airports that could participate in the program from one to three.
Under the fiscal year 2012 selections, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected six airports to participate in the MAP: Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Valpariso, FL; Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, Wichita Falls, TX; March Inland Port/March ARB, Riverside, CA; Kaleaeloa/John Rodgers Field, Kapolei, HI; Griffiss International, Oneida County, CA; and Castle Airport, Merced County, CA.
Five of the airports selected this year have participated in the program before and remain committed to ensuring that critical airports projects are completed so their respective airports can operate safely and efficiently as civilian or joint military-civilian use facilities. The sixth airport, Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, is a joint-use airport that is applying to the MAP for the first time.
Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, Wichita Falls, TX, a joint-use commercial service airport, is being designated for the first time to the MAP for a period of two years. The projects include the rehabilitation of their terminal access road, parking lot, and terminal construction. These are just three projects of a very comprehensive terminal area modernization program.
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, FL, a joint-use commercial service airport, will participate in the program for an additional five years. The MAP funds will allow the airport sponsor to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting facility, rehabilitate their North parking lot, acquire land, and complete the build out of their terminal facilities. These projects will permit the sponsor to meet their Part 139 requirements and complete the construction of their terminal.
March Inland Port/March ARB, Riverside, CA, a joint-use reliever, is in the program again for two years. The redesignation will permit the construction of a terminal, apron, taxiway and rehabilitation of the fuel farm.
Kaleaeloa/John Rodgers Field, Kapolei, HI, a reliever airport, is being redesignated for five years. MAP funding is needed to rehabilitate Hangar 110. Rehabilitation will include roofing, exterior walls, utilities, fire suppression system, and doors and windows.
Griffiss International Airport, Rome, NY, a general aviation airport, will participate in the program again for another five years. The redesignation of Griffiss will allow the airport to complete the rehabilitation of nose dock hangars (784 & 785) that were not able to be completed in the previous designation.
Castle Airport, Atwater, CA, a general aviation airport, is being designated for a period of five years. MAP funding is needed to rehabilitate aging military infrastructure and to continue the conversion to civilian use. The projects include the design and installation of apron lighting, removal of Air Force pavement markings and repainting, rehabilitation of approach lighting, preliminary engineering for airfield lighting projects, electrical equipment rehabilitation, terminal parking lot rehabilitation and perimeter fencing and gates.
A total of 15 airports may participate in the program at any one time, including three general aviation airports. Airports may be selected or reselected to receive financial assistance for up to five years.
Since 1990, the FAA has provided airport sponsors approximately $638 million for a variety of projects such as building or rehabilitating surface parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield needs. Many of these projects are not normally eligible for AIP funding, but projects for MAP-designated airports have unique eligibility rules to convert the airports to civilian or joint use.
Airports Already Participating in the Program Include:
Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport at Roosevelt Roads, Ceiba, PR
Sacramento Mather Field, Sacramento, CA
A.B.Won Pat International Airport, Agana, GU
Waynesville/St. Robert Regional Airport at Forney Field, Waynesville, MO
Plattsburgh International, Plattsburgh, NY
Brunswick Executive, Brunswick, ME
Chippewa County International, Sault St. Marie, MI