The Airports Team
The Airports Team works closely with the FAA, individual airports, engineer of records, local communities, and partner organizations to advance the vision and mission of the Division.
firstname.lastname@example.org Craig Ide, PE
System Planner | Economic Development
email@example.com Matt Maass
Unmanned Aircraft Systems | Advanced Air Mobility
firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Damron
Workforce and Communications Manager
email@example.com Scott Romney
firstname.lastname@example.org Amber Pace
Airport Capital Improvement Program Life Cycle
Project Life Cycle
Long Range Planning
A healthy aviation system thrives in a true multi-modal transportation ecosystem. A transportation system that is integrated with aviation will produce unique opportunities for all modes; therefore, integrated aviation requires collaborative interdisciplinary planning. The product of this planning effort will inform short- and long-range planning efforts to ensure capital improvement decisions will achieve maximum return-on-investment. The primary tool used to facilitate comprehensive planning for the aviation system is the Utah Aviation Development Strategy. Within this strategy, the statewide airport system plan establishes a system-wide vision, baseline infrastructure and service requirements for a variety of Utah-specific airport roles, a gap analysis, and calculated capital improvement project recommendations to improve the overall health of the system. As a part of the Utah Aviation Development Strategy, an economic impact study of Utah’s airports serves as a guide to measuring the performance of our capital improvement decisions. Finally, a study of aviation-enabled economic development opportunities serves as a comprehensive source of information to local decision-makers to understand how off-airport economic development decisions may exploit aviation benefits in new and innovative ways. Updates or addendums to the Utah Aviation Development Strategy should be conducted every two years to evolve in our ever-changing economic environment continuously.
Individual Airport Master Plans and Airport Layout Plans (ALP) are also essential planning documents to guide local decisions and inform short-term planning decisions within the State Airport Capital Improvement Program. Master Plans and ALPs provide each airport with short-term needs assessments and long-term goals. Updates to Airport Layout Plans shall be updated per FAA grant assurances or every five years. Updates to Airport Master Plans should be conducted every 10-20 years to reflect the desired goals of the community and the statewide airport system plan.
Aviation Development Strategy POC – Clint Harper
Airport Capital Improvement Program
Airport Capital Improvement Program POC – Matt Swapp
POC – Craig Ide
Airport Master Record - 5010
UAS Imaging and Mapping
POC – Paul Wheeler
POC – Clint Harper
Aviation Development Strategy – Economic Impact Study
To guide the Utah airport system and measure how airports contribute to the economy, the Utah Division of Aeronautics recently completed the Aviation Development Strategy. Included is a Statewide Aviation System Plan and Statewide Economic Impact Study for 46 public airports. This report provides a summary of important findings and highlights the economic contribution that the airport system generates for the state economy. The airport roles and a summary of the investment required for each airport to fulfill its needs and objectives is provided. All economic impacts estimated in this study reflect pre-COVID conditions.