The FAA has developed a set of assumptions and forecasts consistent with the emerging trends and structural changes taking place within the aviation industry. The purpose of the forecasts is to accurately predict future demand. FAA develops the commercial aviation forecasts and assumptions from statistical (econometric) models that explain and incorporate emerging trends for the different segments of the industry.
Terminal area forecast (TAF)
The Terminal Area Forecasts (TAF) are prepared to meet the budget and planning needs of the FAA and provide information for use by state and local authorities, the aviation industry, and the public.