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Military Airport Program


As an authorizing agency, the FAA manages surplus property transfers for airports, military base conversions, and the promotion of joint-use of existing military air bases. It also administers the Military Airport Program (MAP).

What is the Military Airport Program?

The Military Airport Program (MAP) is a grant set-aside from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Through this program, FAA awards grant funds to the civil sponsor of a military airfield for the development of aviation facilities for the public. This program also assists new sponsors in converting former military airfields to public use to add system capacity and reduce congestion at existing airports experiencing significant delays. In addition, the MAP provides financial assistance to the civilian sponsors who are converting, or have already converted, military airfields to civilian or joint military/civilian use.

To aid in this process, MAP grants may be used for projects not generally funded by the AIP, such as building or rehabilitating surface parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, and cargo buildings.

The FAA administers the MAP in accordance with FAA Order 5100.38D Change 1, Airport Improvement Program Handbook.

Applying for the Military Airport Program (MAP) in Fiscal Year 2021

Beginning in FY 2021, the FAA will no longer announce MAP criteria and application procedures using a Federal Record Notice (FRN). Instead, the FAA will announce the application period with a News & Updates story on See the FY 2021 MAP update.

Under the MAP, the FAA may designate up to 15 joint-use or former military airports to participate each fiscal year. Three of the 15 airports may be general aviation (GA) airports and the remaining 12 must be commercial service or reliever airports. Selected airports may be designated for a period of 1 to 5 fiscal years. Previously designated airports may apply for redesignation for an additional term.

See the Criteria and Application Procedures for the Military Airport Program (MAP) for Fiscal Year 2021 below for complete eligibility requirements.

In FY 2021, there are two GA slots and 10 commercial service/reliever slots available in the program. Newly designated airports will be awarded grants beginning in FY 2022 to allow time to complete the required pre-grant actions described in the AIP Handbook, Chapter 5.

The FAA estimates $8.5 million will be available for MAP grants in FY 2021.

Designation to MAP is a highly competitive process. In determining new entrants, the FAA must consider anticipated funding and projects for current MAP participants who will be within their terms in FY 2021.

How to Apply?

To apply:

  1. Read the Criteria and Application Procedures for the Military Airport Program (MAP) for Fiscal Year 2021 (PDF)
  2. Complete the Military Airport Program (MAP) Application (PDF)
  3. Submit the Application and supporting designation to the appropriate Airports District Office (ADO) (or Regional Office (RO) if there is no ADO) only during the open application period. The FY 2021 application deadline is December 17, 2020.

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