TDOT’s Aeronautics Division administers funding for the
comprehensive Airport Capital Improvement Plan.
There are three primary areas covered by the plan.
TDOT Aeronautics Division oversees several statewide programs
developed to enhance aviation safety and education. Four of the five
programs deal directly with aviation safety related items, including,
trimming/clearing of trees and other issues within the runway approach
surfaces, airport maintenance assistance which assists the operation and
upkeep of facilities, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) which completes search
and rescue missions for missing and/or downed aircraft and
maintenance/repair services for our Automated Weather Observation System
(AWOS). The AWOS units provide up-to-minute weather information for
pilots and airport personnel. The fifth area includes the Safety and
Education programs which support teacher aviation workshops and aviation
education programs for the flying public.
Funding administered in this area is used to enhance and maintain
various facilities on Tennessee’s six air carrier airports.
- Statewide General Aviation (GA)
Included in the GA program are Major Capacity Enhancement Projects.
These involve airport improvement projects such as runway extensions,
aircraft parking aprons and terminal area expansions.
Maintenance and preservation projects also fall into this category.
They encompass airport improvements such as airfield pavement overlays
and pavement crack sealing and runway marking projects.
Safety and security projects for GA airports are included in this
section as well. Improvement projects such as improving Runway Safety
Areas, installing fencing and controlled access gates, as well as runway
lighting projects are funded through this program.
For more information on TDOT’s Aeronautics program please visit