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Overview


The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) fosters the development of an efficient air transportation system that responds to the needs of its users and the public.

NJDOT, through its Division of Aeronautics, has general oversight of 43 public use airports and almost 400 restricted use facilities, including airstrips, heliports and balloonports. The Department promotes aviation safety. It gives information about aviation grants, relevant forms and how to obtain them online, and explains regulations to 14,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed aviators and the general public.

The Department keeps pilots and the public informed of aviation news and events, about individual airports and its employees answer questions daily about licensing and registration of public use airports and heliports.

Scheduled Service Airports

While the majority of New Jersey's airports strictly support the operation of general aviation aircraft, New Jersey hosts three airports which offer commercial flight operations: In addition, there are eight advanced service airports which support corporate/executive and private-use general aviation activities:

There are 31 other public use airports and one sea plane base that serve New Jersey's airport system.

History

Although the history of aviation in New Jersey follows the national story, the Division of Aeronautics joined NJDOT only in 1966 when the Highway Department officially became the Department of Transportation.
The State Legislature had originally created the State Department of Aviation, the State Aviation Commission and the Office of the State Director of Aviation in 1931 due to the increasing popularity of the airplane in New Jersey.

Some of the state’s earlier airports and the dates they opened are: In 1948 the Legislature transferred the Department of Aviation from a stand-alone department to a part of the Department of Conservation and Economic Development.

By 1950 there were 82 public use and general aviation airports in the state.

Today there are 43 public use airports in New Jersey that base about 4,700 aircraft.


 
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  Last Updated:  April 15, 2013