California Aviation System Plan

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) completed the procurement process this summer to select a consultant for a project that will update the California Aviation System Plan (CASP).  After legal reviews by Caltrans and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were completed, the CASP Project (Project) was launched in September with help from Mead & Hunt in Sacramento. 

What’s Next

Division of Aeronautics staff is reviewing suitable dates to arrange a conference call with the Focused Steering Committee (FSC), the Project’s advisory group, to discuss comments on the Scope of Work (SOW).  The SOW is approved by the FAA and cannot be changed; however, FSC input on behalf of stakeholder interests will assist the Project’s responsiveness to the State’s aviation needs.

What to keep in mind

Caltrans seeks to apply the California Transportation Plan (CTP) across rail, road, and air transportation.  The CASP will examine and express aviation’s contribution to the State’s multi-modal goals as detailed in the CTP.


The CASP was first introduced in 1989 when codified in California Public Utilities Code section 21702 but has not kept pace with California transportation planning.  Likewise, FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-7, The Airport System Planning Process, has evolved without an updated approach in California.  The purpose for updating the CASP is to better align aviation planning from the perspectives of both the FAA and Caltrans to positively demonstrate that aviation is an integral part of California’s multimodal transportation system.


The Project will create a vision document that integrates FAA and Caltrans’ priorities for aviation in a manner that aligns with the CTP.

Federal and State Goals that Need to be Achieved

From alignment with the CTP, the Project will seek to align federal and State airport funding sources and examine future trends for integrated responsiveness with other modes of transportation.

Future Meetings

Public meetings for reviewing a draft Project report are anticipated for dates to be determined in 2020.