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Caltrans Division of Aeronautics. Gary Cathey, Chief September 13, 2013. Hot Topics. Aeronautics Organization and Budget Grants and Loans Programs Aviation Legislation Office Updates: Airports, Planning, and Technical Services Outreach: Aeronautics Newsletter and Website Update.

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Caltrans Division of Aeronautics

Gary Cathey, Chief

September 13, 2013


Hot Topics

  • Aeronautics Organization and Budget
  • Grants and Loans Programs
  • Aviation Legislation
  • Office Updates: Airports, Planning, and Technical Services
  • Outreach: Aeronautics Newsletter and Website Update

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aeronautics organizational chart
Aeronautics Organizational Chart

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Aeronautics Budget FY 2012-13

  • FY 2012-2013 revenues decreased approximately 25%, and $4.0 million was transferred from the State Aeronautics Account to the State General Fund in FY 2009-2010.
  • Grant funding is limited, but as many grants as possible will be funded. Please check funding status at: Click the link to “Airport Funding Status”.
  • We WILL be able to fund 100% of Annual Grants, and will fund as many AIP Matching Grants as funds allow (estimating about $500,000), but do not anticipate funding any new A&D grants this FY.

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Aeronautics Funding Projection



2013/14 FY


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Airport Loan Program

  • Loan Eligibility:
    • Cities, counties, and airport districts
    • Most projects that benefit the airport are eligible, especially revenue-generating
    • Local Match for FAA AIP grants is eligible
  • Loan Approval Considerations:
    • Economic feasibility is a major factor for revenue-generating projects such as hangars and fueling facilities
    • Sponsor’s overall financial status
    • Sponsor’s repayment history on previously funded loans

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Airport Loan Program (con’t)

  • Loan Process
    • Submit completed application to Department:Go to; click the Grants and Loans tab for complete information
    • Department conducts public and internal hearings
    • Loan agreement is prepared by Department
    • State Controller’s Office prepares loan payment for disbursement 6-8 weeks after the loan is approved
    • Total time is 2-3 months to process loan

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Airport Loan Program (con’t)

  • Loan Conditions
    • First payment on loan is due one year from the date the warrant was issued by the SCO
    • Loan terms vary from 8 to 17 years
    • Simple interest is charged. Current rate is 3.789%
    • Loans may fund 100%; a local match is not required
    • Loans are subject to audit

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State Dollars for Your Airport

  • State Dollars for Your Airport is on our website: The document can be found under “Publications and Forms”.
  • This is a “How to…” manual for airport managers, sponsoring agencies, and ALUC’s to better understand the funding programs and application procedures.

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State Aviation Legislation

  • AB 867, Assembly Member Yamada-Davis
  • This bill requires a Meteorological Evaluation Tower (MET) to be marked with a flashing light, and would require the tower to comply with these marking requirements by January 1, 2015, and require a database to be maintained depicting the locations of all meteorological towers.
  • Status: Hearing for testimony only on April 23rd. No activity since. Still active and in committee process.

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State Aviation Legislation

  • AB 1058, Assembly Member Chavez
  • This bill increases the duties of local officials, and would imposes a State-mandated local program. It would authorize the authority to adopt a comprehensive plan on the future development of San Diego's Regional International Airport.
  • Status: Enrolled and presented to and approved by the Governor; approved on August 12th; Chaptered by the Secretary of State – Chapter 83, Statutes of 2013 on August 12th. Does not modify PUC Section 21001 et seq.

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state aviation legislation
State Aviation Legislation

AB 1327, Assembly Member Gorell

  • This bill prohibits public agencies from using an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies. Any state agency using a UAS or contracting for the use of an UAS must provide an annual report to the Governor that includes the agency's acquisitions, purchases, rentals, or leases of a UAS.
  • Status: Hearing postponed by committee on May 24th. Bill is still active and in committee process. No recent activity.

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State Aviation Legislation

SB 15, Assembly Member Padilla

  • This bill stipulates that a “constructive invasion of privacy” would occur through use of a device affixed to or contained within an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and amends criminal prohibitions relating to eavesdropping and privacy to include the use of devices affixed to or contained within a UAS; and it prohibits any UAS from being equipped with a weapon.
  • Status: Failed passage in committee on August 13th. Reconsideration granted on August 27th.

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State Aviation Legislation

SB 758, Senate Member Block

  • This bill postpones preparation of an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for the City of Coronado and the US Naval Air Station North Island by the San Diego Regional Airport Authority as the Airport Land Use Commission until a joint land use study is completed. It provides that this extension remains in effect only until

JAN 1, 2019, or 540 days after an amendment to the ALUCP, and as of that date is repealed.

  • Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor at on September 6th. This bill will modify the Aeronautics PUC under Section 21675 – Land Use Plan.

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Office of Airports

  • In CY 2012, Aviation Safety Officers inspected 184 Public-Use Airports and 113 Hospital Heliports (>73%).
  • Updated “5010” Airport Master Records for 164 airports (>100% of FAA contract)
  • Evaluated 10 school & State building sites
  • Continue to work with airport and heliport managers and sponsors to improve safety and meet standards

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Wildlife Hazard Assessment

  • $1.3M FAA grant to conduct WHA studies at 10 GA airports in Southern California, 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Contract with Meade & Hunt
  • Aeronautics POC: Bob Fiore
  • (916)-654-5314

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Airport Economic Study

  • Grant from FHWA to study the socio-economic value of the State’s airport functional classification system.
  • Study will also evaluate the system with and without the inclusion of smart growth elements.
  • Contract with Cambridge Associates
  • Aero POC: Derek Kantar (916) 651-0597

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Disaster Recovery and

Resiliency Study

  • Two-year project evaluates airports’ roles in disaster recovery & resiliency planning for San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Advisory panel consists of State & federal disaster planning agencies and commercial and general aviation airports.
  • Estimated completion date: July 31, 2014
  • Aeronautics POC: Colette Armao
  • (916) 654-5346

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office of technical services staff
Office of Technical Services Staff

Lee Provost, OTS Chief, Senior Transportation Engineer

Parvin Bijani, Airport Engineer

Patrick Kyo, Airport Engineer

Danny Uppal, Airport Engineer

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office of technical services programs
Office of Technical Services & Programs
  • Provide engineering assistance (internal and external).
  • Review and manage State Acquisition & Development (A&D) grants.
  • Develop the 3 Year Aeronautics Program based on our Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
  • Prepare School Site Evaluation Maps and AutoCAD drawings for Airports.
  • FAA Contract Administration and Management.

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2013 capital improvement plan cip 2 91 billion 1 986 projects
2013 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) $2.91 Billion 1,986 projects

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project delivery
Project Delivery
  • Acquisition and Development Project Grants (90% State match)
  • 2006 and 2008 Aeronautics Program: 10 Projects (allocated) $1.2 million
  • 2010 Aeronautics Program : 42 projects (programmed) $5.7 million
  • 2012 Aeronautics Program : 18 projects (programmed) $3.1 million
  • All projects in the 2012 Aeronautics Program will be subject to the California Transportation Commission’s 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Timely Use of Funds (TUF) policy.
    • All projects not allocated (encumbered) for FY 12/13 and beyond are currently on hold due to budget restrictions.

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proposed school site evaluations airport safety zones map
Proposed School Site EvaluationsAirport Safety Zones Map

Depicts safety zones around a runway & air traffic pattern

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Airport Pavement Maintenance System (APMS)- Recently Surveyed 85

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CalAERO Newsletter

  • New quarterly
  • Division of Aeronautics publication
  • First edition published January 2010
  • Past and current editions available online

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airports website update
“Airports” Website Update
  • Default view on Aero homepage
  • Provides clearer info on Permitting, Site Eval, & HLA steps & processes
  • Provides excerpts from PUC & CCR to help determine applicable requirements

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Upcoming Conferences /Events

  • SWAAAE Meeting, January 2013, Monterey, CA

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Thank you!

Questions and Answers?

Please visit the Aeronautics website at:

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New Jerusalem AirportPerimeter Fencing Project

After After

The project was completed in April 2013 at a State cost of $164,093.

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