To manage and maintain the significant federal and state investment in Michigan’s commercial and general aviation airports and facilitate continuing enhancement of Michigan’s aviation system, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics (AERO) is developing the 2017 Michigan Aviation System Plan (MASP). The MASP was last updated in 2008. In order to guide future development and funding, the plan establishes a desired level of infrastructure consistent with MDOT’s vision, mission and goals, identify aviation needs and make recommendations on the future of the state’s aviation system.
In conjunction with the MASP update, AERO is developing a Michigan Aviation Economic Impact Study to measure both the direct and in-direct economic impacts of individual airports. Impacts include but are not limited to: on-airport activities, air cargo, aviation-related businesses, construction activities, and visitor spending. A statewide report will be generated as well as individual airport reports for the 94 National Plan of Integrated Airports System (NPIAS) airports in Michigan. This information is critical in competing for and justifying future aviation funding in Michigan as well as demonstrating to individual communities the benefit of their airports.