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Bureau of aeronautics

Director's office

  • Manages statewide aeronautics coordination and liaison activities with federal, state and local governments, consultants, the construction industry, aviation businesses, other state aviation agencies and other WisDOT offices.
  • Manages the planning and delivery of internal and external products and services through three sections within the bureau.
  • Sets priorities and develops bureau goals in support of the bureau mission.
  • Monitors and provides consultation and representation for the department in legislative, congressional, regulatory and other aviation related matters.
  • Outreach services:
    • Provides all administrative and program support activities critical to the bureau such as telephone, reception, mail services and communication needs.
    • Assists in statewide educational seminars.
    • Coordinates the bureau's work in strategic, business and annual work plans.

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Aeronautical and technical services section

  • Provides products and services that support airport development program standards and processes.
  • Provides technical expertise and support in developing the Airport Information Management System, the bureau's web page, project management software, the bureau's computer data bases, software and hardware needs.
  • Manages the regulatory programs for tall structure permits and airport site approvals.
  • Conducts airport facility safety inspections.
  • Publishes the Wisconsin Airport Directory and the Wisconsin Aeronautical Chart.
  • Facilitates airport grant compliance.
  • Provides technical expertise to the state's 600 airports and heliports to help improve operational safety and efficiency. Provides airport security consultation.
  • Conducts aviation education and safety seminars for pilots, airport managers and administrators.
  • Oversees the Aviation Career Education program.
  • Manages the state's airport weather system network.

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Airport engineering section

  • Administers the planning, design and construction of approximately $100 million a year in airport improvement projects statewide. Projects include airfield pavements, electronic navigation equipment, heavy equipment such as trucks and rescue vehicles, terminal buildings, maintenance buildings and specialized electrical work.
  • Coordinates all phases of projects from early planning to final inspection.
  • Provides all Computer Aid Drafting Design.
  • Manages the statewide Airport Sealcoat and Crack Fill Program and the Pavement Marking Program.
  • Maintains the aviation weather observation systems for the bureau.
  • Administers the airport projects bidding and contract award process.
  • Develops and maintains airport construction specifications.
  • Provides expertise to federal, state and local governments and airport engineering consultants.
  • Develops and manages the Airport Pavement Management Program.

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Airport program section

  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of the state airport system plan with the WisDOT Bureau of Planning.
  • Prepares the bureau's state budget to assure continued development and operation of a safe and efficient state air transportation system.
  • Develops the department's Five-Year Airport Improvement Program which integrates federal state and local funding to meet the air transportation needs of the state.
  • Administers the financial accounting for projects and operating budgets.
  • Manages real estate activities necessary for airport project development.
  • Develops policies and procedures that guide the bureau in making sound and consistent decisions on aviation issues.

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Last modified: December 16, 2009

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