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Regional Aviation Performance Measures                

Performance measures are utilized by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to monitor the performance of the region’s
transportation system. Reports like the annual “Progress North Texas” offer insight into how North Central Texas’ transportation system is
operating to provide regional connectivity and seamless connections. 

NCTCOG tracks and monitors the performance of the 27 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) airports in the North Central
Texas region. The region has 2 commercial service, 11 reliever, and 14 general aviation airports. All 27 airports are owned by their respective
cities.

These airports were chosen because they are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the
Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Click below to expand each section to view charts and performance measure indicators for regional aviation transportation in 2011, then
click each image for a full page view.  

   North Central Texas Annual Airport Operations

Texas General Aviation Airports provide more than 56,000 jobs, with $3.1 billion in payroll and $14.6 billion in total economic output. Airport Operations includes the total number of arrivals and departures from a given airport. The annual airport operations in North Central Texas remained relatively stable in 2013, compared to the previous year. Total annual operations rose 1.2% with an increase in itinerant operations and a slight decrease in local operations.

Annual NPIAS Ops2013 Annual NPIAS Operations DFW Region

Regional Annual Airport Operations
The region had 2,101,866 operations from the 27 airports in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). NPIAS airports include all commercial service, all reliever, and selected general aviation airports.

These airports are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

  • Local Operations are performed by aircraft that remain in the local traffic pattern, execute simulated instrument approaches or low passes at the airport, and the operations to or from the airport and a designated practice area within a 20−mile radius.

  • Itinerant Operations are performed by an aircraft that lands at an airport, arriving from outside the airport area, or departs an airport and leaves the airport area.
   Regional Airport Inventory and Characteristics

An inventory was taken of the 27 airports in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) in the North Central Texas region.  The region has 2 commercial service, 11 reliever, and  14 general aviation airports.  All 27 airports are owned by their respective cities.

These airports are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Airports with Instrument Approaches

Airports with Instrument Approaches
93% of the airports in the region have an instrument approach, which aids pilots in landing during times of low visibility.

There are two main Instrument Approach Classifications:

  • Precision approaches utilize both lateral (localizer) and vertical (glide slope) information.
  • Non-precision approaches provide lateral course information only.

For aircraft that operate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), an instrument approach is a series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under instrument flight conditions from the beginning of the initial approach to a landing.

2013 Regional Airports with Air Traffic Control Towers

Airports with Air Traffic Control Towers
This federal “Contract Tower” program is effective in reducing the cost of providing ATC services so that many locations, which would have otherwise seen their ATC services eliminated, can continue to benefit from the services of an ATC tower facility.

Depending on the airport’s activity type and level, the FAA may fund some or all of the cost of operating the control tower. The airport sponsor is responsible for the remaining costs, if any.

Almost half of the regional general aviation airports operate with an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower. Of these, six towers operate under the Contract Tower Program.

Runways by Airport Type

Number of Runways by Airport Type
There are a total of 47 runways between all 27 NPIAS Airports in North Central Texas.  The 2 Commercial Service Airports, DFW and Love Field, account for nearly one quarter of all the runways in the region. 

Due to different operating requirements between small general aviation aircraft and large commercial aircraft, general aviation pilots often find it difficult to use a congested commercial service airport.

In recognition of this, the FAA has encouraged the development of high-capacity general aviation airports in major metropolitan areas. These specialized airports, called relievers, provide pilots with attractive alternatives to using congested hub airports. They also provide general aviation access to the surrounding area.

To be eligible for reliever designation, these airports must be open to the public, have 100 or more based aircraft, or have 25,000 annual itinerant operations.  There are 269 reliever airports nationwide with an average of 186 based aircraft, representing 22% of the Nation’s general aviation fleet.

Runway Conditions

Airport Runway Conditions
100% of the airports in the region have a runway condition of good or fair.

The FAA defines airport runway conditions as:

  • Good - All cracks and joints are sealed.
  • Fair - Mild surface cracking, unsealed joints, and slab edge spalling.
  • Poor - Large open cracks, surface and edge spalling, vegetation growing through cracks and joints.
   Based Aircraft by Type

The FAA defines a based aircraft as an aircraft at an airport that is operational and air worthy, which is typically based at the same airport for a majority of the year.  Note that 86% of the based jets are at Dallas Love Field, Addison, and Fort Worth Meacham.

North Central Texas Based Aircraft By Type

General Aviation Based Aircraft by Type

Based aircraft by type shows which airports cater to certain types of aircraft.  This can be determined by a variety of variables such as location, runway length, and services offered. Airports with based jets will tend to have higher fuel sales than one with more based single engines. 

When combined with Commercial Service Airports, aviation in Texas contributed to more than 771,000 jobs, $23.2 billion in payroll, and $59.5 billion in total economic output.  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the 4th busiest airport in the nation with more than 27 million passenger enplanements. 
(Source: TxDOT)

     Reliever Based Aircraft By Type

General Aviation Based Aircraft By Type

Commercial Service Based Aircraft By Type

                                                                             

  For a snapshot view of Aviation's Impact on North Texas, check out the
  Aviation Infographic
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                               aviation infographic

Subregional Profiles
Following completion of the regional aviation system plan, staff developed subregional
profiles as a resource to share information unique to the five subregions identified in the
system planning process.  

                      

 

 

                   WestWest Subregion

                        North

North Subregion

 

 

    East East Subregion

                      Central
Central Subregion

In addition to economic impact projections, each subregional profile contains
distinctive data including:

  • Unique Demographics
  • Operational Characteristics
  • Demand Capacity

                       South
          South Subregion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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