There is now a newly-completed and extensive collection of searchable/downloadable PDFs with valuable information on U.S. airports. All data was collected from online sources, either FAA or vendors who do outsource work for FAA.
Many of the tables are grouped by state and ranked by a factor such as enplanements. Alaska is top of the list, and a huge aviation state, so be sure to scroll down a few pages to see Alabama and the other states where NextGen abuses are causing so many problems (Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Washington are good studies).
Here is a short index, with links:
- FAA Enplanement Data 2004-2016 — Ranked listing of all 844 Airports with 100+ enplanements in 2016; shows enplanement figures for each airport, for each year available online-2016 (45p)
- ATADS Compilation — All key data for each ATADS airport (those with FAA-ATC, contract-ATC, and some military-staffed); one page per airport shows a table for each year, from 1991-2017; also shows decline from Peak Years (533 airports)
- Cargo Tonnage — FAA Tonnage Data by year, for 2003-2016, for each of 107 ranked Airports (11p)
- Ranked list of all 3,322 NPIAS Airports — mostly public airports; from the Form 5010 database (98p)
- Ranked list of all 16,325 Non-NPIAS Airports — mostly private airports, and includes huge lists of heliports; from the Form 5010 database (352p)
- NPIAS 2017-2021 Development Estimates — listed by state, with each airport ranked by enplanements; shows how FAA and airport authorities spend $3Billion+ per year, (132p)
- AIP Grants 2005-2017 — compiled per year and per airport (859p)
- Consolidated Airport Data for 844 Airports, including 2018 FAA-ATC staffing — Shows ranking for enplanements, cargo, operations, and tonnage. Includes ATC staffing levels (for those airports with FAA towers), making it possible to study how FAA’s budget grows while operations have declined so substantially in the past two decades. (30p)
- Compiled ATCT FAA staffing by year 2007-2018 — data from FAA’s annual CWP reports; 2013 and 2018 data not available; covers 263 FAA-staffed towers (88p)
Much more will follow, as these resources make it easier to expose how deeply FAA is captured, in service of industry players. Readers are encouraged to spend some time studying parts of this data collection; if you see something that really jumps out (for waste, abuse of authority or outright fraud by FAA) please share it on.