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Focusing on the future, WisDOT releases Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030

July 29, 2014

Governor Walker proclaims July 28 to August 3 Aviation Week

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) recently unveiled a draft long-range plan.  Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030, part of a continuous planning process, provides an inventory and evaluation of the 98 public-use airports that make up the Wisconsin Airport System. The plan defines a vision, develops and evaluates system goals and provides a framework to meet current and future needs of the state’s airport system.

Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030 objectives:

  • Improve safety of Wisconsin airports
  • Obtain a current inventory of the facilities and services of each airport in the system
  • Establish airport system goals, performance measures and benchmarks
  • Identify system and airport-specific deficiencies, adequacies and surpluses
  • Identify potential overlaps or gaps in the system
  • Address Federal Aviation Administration’s departure from ground-based navigational aids to a satellite-based system and its impact on Wisconsin
  • Develop cost alternatives to meet system goals and benchmarks
  • Establish a framework for future investments
  • Conduct a system environmental evaluation of the results of the system plan
  • Develop a method to monitor progress of system goals

A key component of this plan was the development of a Geographic Informational System (GIS) database of the Wisconsin Airport System. It allows BOA to continuously assess and monitor system-wide conditions and performance-related measures. In addition, GIS helps BOA uniformly evaluate improvements made to airports in the system.

Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030 has a 45-day review and comment period. Copies are available through August 29, 2014 at:

  • Online at the WisDOT website
  • WisDOT Hill Farms State Office Building, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue in Madison
  • WisDOT Region offices: Madison, Waukesha, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Superior, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids, and Green Bay
  • A cd copy of the plan is also available upon request

Public outreach meetings for the Draft Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    United Community Center of Milwaukee
    Conference Room 2
    1028 S. 9th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Urban League of Greater Madison
    Evjue B (102) Room
    2222 S. Park Street
    Madison, WI 53713
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    General Mitchell International Airport
    Sijan and Lovell Conference Rooms
    5300 S. Howell Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Outagamie County Regional Airport
    Lenss Conference Room
    W6390 Challenger Drive
    Appleton, WI 54914
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
    North End Passenger Seating Area
    3375 Airport Road
    Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    La Crosse Municipal Airport
    2nd Floor Conference Room
    2850 Airport Drive
    La Crosse, WI 54603

During this time the public can view information and provide feedback on the draft plan. If attendees require a Spanish or American Sign Language translator at the public meeting, they should notify WisDOT before August 1, 2014.

Comments may be submitted to:

Wisconsin State Airport System Plan 2030
WisDOT Division of Transportation Investment Management
Bureau of Aeronautics
PO Box 7914
Madison, WI 53707-7914

Phone: (608) 267-1223
Fax: (608) 267-6748

Governor Walker’s Aviation Week Proclamation is available online. Learn more about Wisconsin aviation by visiting WisDOT’s website.

For more information, contact:
Keith Gerard, WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
(608) 267-4492,



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