California Aviation System Plan

The Latest

Initial research for the CASP Project (Project) has been completed in the subject areas of Policy and Infrastructure and Safety. Reviewing regulatory/policy matters and how the State and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) view funding priorities for airport support will help guide research into the other subject areas of this year’s CASP: Mobility/Access, Land Use/Sustainability, Funding, and Future Needs/Trends.

What's Next

Division of Aeronautics staff are engaged with the Focused Steering Committee (FSC), the Project’s advisory group, to review current research findings. Future meetings will review the later stages of research and initial draft reports. FSC input on behalf of stakeholder interests continues to help ensure that the CASP not only meets the State’s aviation needs, but also contributes effectively to the California Transportation Plan (CTP) update for 2050.


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 the California Department of Transportation (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 the benefit of 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.