Airport Development

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to register my airplane?

All aircraft based in Arizona must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Division. Registration must be accomplished within 60 days of purchase or lease of an aircraft or no more than 60 days after an aircraft is brought into the state. Aircraft registration must be renewed no later than the last day of February.

How many aircraft are registered in the state?

There are more than 6,539 registered aircraft based in the state and 17,986 licensed pilots.

Who is responsible for assuring flight safety and investigating allegations of unsafe flight?

The FAA's Flight Standards District Office is the regulatory agency for flight safety. The Scottsdale, Arizona office can be reached at 480.419.0111.

Whom do I contact about airline consumer issues?

The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees airline consumer issues such as denied boarding, lost baggage, overbooking, ticketing and statistics for on-time performance. This information, as well as information about shipping hazardous materials and other general travel-related questions are addressed at the USDOT's Aviation Consumer Protection Division website.


How many airports does Arizona have?

Arizona has 83 airports in the State System Plan: 58 publicly owned airports, 14 Native American airports and 11 privately owned airports.

Does ADOT provide funding for private airports?

We do not fund private airport development.

What funding is available for publicly owned airports?

ADOT provides funding to public airports to design and construct aviation facilities, to acquire land for airport purposes and to conduct planning and environmental studies. ADOT will fund 90 percent of a project to qualified public airports and 50 percent of an airport's local share of a federally funded airport development grant.

The Arizona Ombudsman – Citizens Aide helps you resolve ongoing issues with State Agencies.

Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad. Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.