FAQ - Airport Development


Do I have to register my airplane?

All aircraft based in Arizona must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Division. Registration must be accomplished within 60 days of purchase or lease of an aircraft or no more than 60 days after an aircraft is brought into the state. Aircraft registration must be renewed no later than the last day of February.

How many aircraft are registered in the state?

There are more than 6,539 registered aircraft based in the state and 17,986 licensed pilots.

Who is responsible for assuring flight safety and investigating allegations of unsafe flight?

The FAA's Flight Standards District Office is the regulatory agency for flight safety. The Scottsdale, Arizona office can be reached at 480.419.0111.

FAA-Flight Standards District

whom do I contact about airline consumer issues?

The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees airline consumer issues such as denied boarding, lost baggage, overbooking, ticketing and statistics for on-time performance. This information, as well as information about shipping hazardous materials and other general travel-related questions are addressed at the USDOT's Aviation Consumer Protection Division website.

An aircraft was flying low over my house. What can I do?

Here is a fact sheet about the FAA and filing Low-Flying Aircraft Complaints.

For more information on Aircraft Registration, visit the Aircraft Services and Aircraft Registration FAQ pages.


How many airports does Arizona have?

Arizona has 83 airports in the State System Plan: 58 publicly owned airports, 14 Native American airports and 11 privately owned airports.

Does ADOT provide funding for private airports?

We do not fund private airport development.

What funding is available for publicly owned airports?

ADOT provides funding to public airports to design and construct aviation facilities, to acquire land for airport purposes and to conduct planning and environmental studies. ADOT will fund 90 percent of a project to qualified public airports, and 95% for GA-Basic airports, and 50 percent of an airport's local share of a federally funded airport development grant.