Process

The NAHSP and AEIS are being conducted simultaneously, with data collection efforts combined for efficiency purposes. The following depicts
the intersection of the two separate efforts and the overall process. For more detailed discussion of each task, see the descriptions below:

NAHSP Task Descriptions

System Goals and Performance Measurements: The NAHSP will include the same goals as the OneNevada state transportation plan. By using these same goals, the NAHSP will be able to feed into the overall state plan. Along with these goals, the project team will also create performance measures as a way to track and analyze the path to achieving the goals set in place.

Public Consultation: Public consultation is critical to gathering relevant and pertinent information and ensuring widespread opportunities for input and feedback. The NAHSP will incorporate public feedback through stakeholder interviews; participation of a wide audience in the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC); and through the continued maintenance of this project website.

Inventory of System Condition and Performance: A system-wide inventory will be conducted to collect data pertaining to each airport in the study. Data collection will be amassed from existing data sources as well as from primary data collected on-site and virtually throughout the study. Primary on-site data will be collected from airport managers, airport tenants, and affiliated or impacted businesses.

State, Regional, and Local Airport Issues: The NAHSP will cover numerous issues facing the Nevada aviation industry Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and/or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
  • Helicopter use, access, and needs
  • Tourism and special events
  • Fire attack/wildland firefighting

Role Analysis: The FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) identifies nearly 3,400 existing and proposed U.S. airports that are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Nevada has 30 NPIAS airports and over 130 more airports not in the NPIAS that are both publicly and privately owned and operated. As part of the NAHSP, Nevada airports and heliports will be analyzed and categorized considering their function in the state system.

Aviation Forecasts: The NAHSP will analyze user demand and the associated needs to serve the demand. The forecasting process in the NAHSP will focus on developing long-term projections that reflect the future need for aviation facilities in terms of based aircraft and operations.

Airport Regional Value (ARV): The ARV is a way to quantifiably evaluate an airport within the Nevada aviation system. Each airport will be evaluated for factors such as location/access, airport protection, community support, land use, and future capital projects. The ARV will serve as a basis for evaluating potential projects needed at each airport and provide guidance on increasing each airport’s opportunities for growth.

System Adequacy and Evolution of ARV: The system’s adequacy is determined by evaluating performance, starting with existing conditions. While most of the analysis focuses on performance measures and potentially system indicators, additional analyses of service areas, general mobility, and accessibility also factor into evaluating the adequacy of Nevada’s Airport and Heliport System. GIS maps of service areas, population, and other factors will be developed to evaluate how the current system is positioned to meet current needs.

Summary of Recommendations: The culmination of all NAHSP task analyses will be documented in terms of system needs and associated recommendations. The recommendations will include projects necessary for facilities to meet performance measures; recommendations stemming from the state, regional, and local issues; facilities needed to meet objectives; and future studies to be conducted that will provide the Department and/or airports with additional tools.

Deliverables: The NAHSP is intended to have multiple deliverables that can be used by a variety of audiences to understand the analysis, findings, recommendations, and next steps to continue planning and monitoring the Nevada system’s needs. Specific deliverables to be provided include the following:

  • Technical Report
  • Executive Summary Brochure
  • Individual airport reports including report cards and ARV for NPIAS airports
  • PowerPoint presentation

The NAHSP will compile all prior chapters and assembling them into a full draft document that also includes the AEIS which will be a single document within the overall deliverable.

AEIS Task Descriptions

Data Collection: Information needed to complete the AEIS will be requested in concert with the NAHSP data. A combination of surveys, calls to airports, and in person site visits will be used to collect the data. The surveys will be used to collect information related to the activity at each airport that contributes to Nevada’s economy and to identify how businesses across the state rely on services provided at Nevada’s public airports.

Economic Impact Modeling: Using primary data and the IMPLAN model calibrated to regions and to the State of Nevada, the indirect and induced impacts will be calculated for each airport.  Direct + indirect + induced effects equal total impacts on a regional and statewide basis.

Tax Impacts: The AEIS will illustrate local and state tax revenues based on direct effects from the system of Nevada airports.