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Existing Conditions

The first segment of an airport master plan is the inventory and existing conditions chapter. Most data gathering for an airport master plan study takes place when planners evaluate existing conditions.

Typical broad categories of information collected include the following: the history of the airport; physical facilities on the airport; the regional setting of the airport and surrounding land uses; the environmental setting of the airport; socio-economic and demographic data for the airport service area; historical aviation activity; and airport business affairs. 

The collected information usually is categorized in sections that discuss airfield and airspace configurations; passenger, cargo and general aviation facilities; air navigation aids; auto access and parking; and support facilities.  The inventory section also can include a description of the airport’s regional land use, an environmental overview, and a brief financial review as appropriate.
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