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Aviation and Spaceports Office

Office Manager
Aaron N. Smith
State Aviation Manager

605 Suwannee Street
MS 46
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tel: 850-414-4500
Fax: 850-414-4508
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Welcome

Florida is fortunate to be served by one of the most comprehensive and progressive airport systems in the country. The Aviation and Spaceports Office develops the Florida Aviation System Plan, promotes the development and improvement of Florida’s airports and spaceports, regulates airports and protects airport approaches. Major activities include aviation system development, aviation grant program, airport regulation, intergovernmental coordination, aviation outreach and aviation emergency operations management.

News

United We Stand Specialty License Plate
Posted: Jan 6 2014
As you drive around Florida you will notice a variety of Florida license plate designs. In addition to the standard state license plate that is most common, Florida allows drivers to select from more than 120 unique license plates. Florida has license plates for a variety of family, environmental, charitable, and other causes. If you work in the aviation industry, enjoy recreational flying, or are concerned about our national security, you may want to consider purchasing the United We Stand specialty plate. (Created by an Act of the Florida Legislature in 2002 to support Secure Airports for Florida’s Economy.) Revenue goes to the Department of Transportation to fund security-related aviation projects pursuant to Chapter 332, Florida Statutes and to provide training related to airport security and management. Last year, security assessments were conducted at 86 airports and specific projects were funded at 10 airports as a result.

NextGen Transportation System
Posted: May 1 2013
The Next Generation Air Transportation System is a transformative change in the management and operation of how we fly. NextGen enhances safety, reduces delays, saves fuel and reduces aviation's adverse environmental impact. This comprehensive initiative, which is already providing benefits, integrates new and existing technologies, including satellite navigation and advanced digital communications. Airports and aircraft in the National Airspace System will be connected to NextGen's advanced infrastructure and will continually share real-time information to provide a better travel experience.

Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program
Posted: May 1 2013
During the past century, wildlife-aircraft strikes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives worldwide, as well as billions of dollars in aircraft damage. In 2009, US Airways flight 1549 collided with a flock of Canada geese shortly after departing from LaGuardia International Airport (LGA). That incident in particular increased public awareness of wildlife strikes and highlighted the many challenges associated with balancing of wildlife hazards and safe airports operations.

Airport Watch Program
Posted: May 1 2013
AOPA has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a nationwide Airport Watch Program that uses the more than 600,000 pilots as eyes and ears for observing and reporting suspicious activity. The Airport Watch Program includes warning signs for airports, informational literature, and a training video to teach pilots and airport employees how to enhance security at their airports.

2014 Aviation Award Winners
Posted: Novmember 25 2014
Aviation Professional- Theodore “Ted” Soliday
Distinguished Aviation Service- Peter Horton
General Aviation Airport – Clearwater Air Park
Commercial Service Airport- Sarasota / Bradenton
General Aviation Airport Project- Kissimmee Gateway, Aviation flight school, aircraft hangar
Commercial Service Airport Project- Southwest Florida, Apron expansion & associated Taxiways