A primary objective of the Massachusetts Statewide Airport System Plan is to capture an appropriate level of data that will ultimately be utilized to help the Aeronautics Division make informed decisions related to planning and developing the state airport system. To achieve this objective, as well as to establish parameters for the data collected, the Aeronautics Division must first establish a long-term vision for the Massachusetts public-use airport system through the system planning effort. Subsequent to this, specific and individual system goals must also be established by the Aeronautics Division to help measure and direct the state airport system's progress with respect to that established vision. The combination of the system vision and system goals forms the basis for meeting that primary objective of data collection.
Project Vision and Goals
The following represents the "vision" for the Massachusetts statewide airport system as established by the Aeronautics Division for the purposes of this system planning project.
Provide a safe and efficient airport system that accommodates demand, supports economic and transportation needs, and maximizes funding resources
The following goals were identified by the Aeronautics Division to define this vision for achieving an adequate airport system:
- Standards - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be served by a system of airports that are safe, secure, and meet applicable FAA design standards that will satisfy the current and future needs of aviation.
- Environmental Compliance & Stewardship - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be served by a system of airports that complies with all federal, state, and local environmental regulatory requirements.
- Economic - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should identify the economic impact of the Massachusetts' system airports and the economic benefit of incremental investment in the aviation system.
- Preservation - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be served by an efficient airport system with sufficient facilities and services to maintain the state airport system and address the current/future needs of the aviation community.
- Public Outreach - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be served by a system of airports that promote and support aviation educational programs and community outreach programs.
- Transportation Integration & Accessibility - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be served by a system of airports that is easily accessible from both the ground and the air, and supports integration with other modes of transportation.
(Note that performance measures were developed as a quantitative means to measure system performance for achieving these goals. These measures were considered for establishing the parameters of the data collection effort.)