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Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP)

New England Region Airports Division

The ACIP is a 5-year perspective of an airport's needs and the financial planning to accomodate those needs.

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National Policy and Resources

The national Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) is an internal FAA document that serves as the primary planning tool for identifying and prioritizing critical airport development and associated capital needs for the National Airspace System. It also serves as the basis for the distribution of grant funds under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). ACIP guidance is available in the Formulation of the NPIAS and ACIP, Order 5090.5 (September 3, 2019).

The FAA Airport Improvement Program Branch prepares the national ACIP annually on the basis of nine Regional ACIPs. Each FAA Regional Airports Office prepares its Regional ACIP from information provided by individual airports or state airport planning agencies on anticipated development needs over the next 3 to 5 years.

Please contact the FAA Regional Airports Office responsible for your location with any questions.

Order 5090.5, Formulation of the NPIAS-ACIP

This Order establishes guidelines for managing and maintaining two federal plans that are essential to airport development: the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP). The Order also discusses the NPIAS project database that supports these plans and its use for preparing the Secretary of Transportation's biennial NPIAS Report. This new Order replaces both Order 5100.39A, Airports Capital Improvement Plan and Order 5090.3, Field Formulation of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

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