"The Department shall have general supervision over aeronautics within this State. It shall encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aeronautics in this State and encourage the establishment of airports and other
air navigation facilities ."
The Office of Aeronautics has the responsibility to develop a system plan that provides reasonable access to airport facilities for all areas of the state. "Reasonable Access" is defined by a maximum 30-minute drive to reach an airport (any public-use airport/heliport). In support of this goal, the Department is authorized to support the creation and maintenance of public use airports.