What is Aeronautics?

The mission of the Aeronautics Division is to promote aviation throughout the Commonwealth while establishing an efficient, integrated airport system that enhances airport safety, customer service, economic development, and environmental stewardship.

The Aeronautics Division has jurisdiction over the Commonwealth’s 35 public use airports and multiple heliports, private restricted landing areas, and seaplane bases. This includes all Massachusetts airports except for Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, and Hanscom Field in Bedford which are owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).

The division certifies airports and heliports, licenses airport managers, conducts annual airport inspections, and enforces safety and security regulations. The additional responsibilities of the Aeronautics Division include:

  • Overseeing the Statewide Airport Capital Improvement Program,
  • Developing statewide aviation safety programs,
  • Overseeing state-owned navigational aids (NAVAIDS),
  • Conducting statewide aviation planning studies,
  • Implementing statewide airport security initiatives, and
  • Promoting statewide aviation education



Performance Goal Performance Measure FY22 Performance FY21 Performance FY22 Target FY24 Target FY26 Target LT Targets
Customer Experience

Customer Experience

% of Aircraft Registered 84% 97% 85% 87% 87% 90%
% of Aircraft Registered Electronically 88% Context Only Context Only Context Only Context Only
# of Drone Missions 347 352 Context Only Context Only Context Only Context Only
# of Drone Flights 940 999 Context Only Context Only Context Only Context Only
# of Departments Utilizing Drones 15 18 Context Only Context Only Context Only Context Only


Airport Safety and Emergency Management Training Attendance Rate 90% 100% 75% 75% 75% 75%
Airport Safety Inspections Completed (CY21) 10 7 12 12 12 12
System Condition

System Condition

Pavement Condition (PCI) 71 70.8 70 72 72 72
Budget & Capital Performance

Budget & Capital Performance

Capital Budget Disbursement 100% 100% 95% 95% 95% 100%
Contracts completed on budget 93% 85% 90% 92% 92% 92%
Contracts completed on time 94% 82% 90% 92% 92% 92%