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Aviation - General Information 

Missouri boasts nearly 500 aviation facilities, including both public and privately owned airports, heliports, seaplane bases, and grass landing strips. Of those, 123 are publicly owned.

Thousands of pilots and those employed by the Missouri aviation industry depend on MoDOT to administer funds and oversee projects which include airport and runway construction and maintenance, and runway additions and expansions.

Millions of passengers use commercial service airports, including Lambert St. Louis International and Kansas City International as well as Springfield, Joplin, Branson, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Kirksville and Fort Leonard Wood. More than 190,000 tons of cargo are transported by air in Missouri each year.

2014 Missouri Pavement Condition Index Study

Executive Summary (pdf)

Full Study

2012 Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study


airplane on runway

Multimodal Operations division of MoDOT includes the Aviation team. This team administers state and federal funding for airport maintenance and capital improvement projects. Other duties include airport safety inspections, maintaining a state airport system plan, providing airfield safety equipment and promoting aviation education.

Statutory Authority
Chapter 305 of the Missouri Revised Statutes establishes state law related to Aircraft and Airports. It also includes specific guidelines concerning MoDOT administration and eligibility for state and federal aviation grants.  http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/ChaptersIndex/chaptIndex305.html

Aviation Advisory Committee
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission formed an Aviation Advisory Committee in 1987 to advise them on aviation matters. The committee is made up of eleven members representing pilot groups, airport management, aviation education, business owners and aviation consulting firms. The committee meets regularly to discuss and is involved in state aviation legislation, airport funding, tall towers, safety and aviation education issues.


2016 International Aviation Art Contest for Missouri School Children

Winners from St. James School and Iberia Elementary School


Aspiring art students across Missouri were asked to create a piece illustrating the theme “Air Sports in Harmony with Nature” for the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest.


The contest challenges young people ages 6 to 17 to illustrate the importance of aviation through art.  The U.S. portion of the art contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), managed by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sponsored by many other national aviation organizations. 

Entries from Missouri youth have been evaluated. Out of the entire state, students from St. James Catholic School in St. Joseph won eight of the nine place awards including two of the first place categories. The winning student in the intermediate category is from the Iberia Elementary School in Iberia.

For more information, call (573) 751-2589, send an email to s.hall@modot.mo.gov or visit the national sponsor’s site, LINK.

2016 First Place Junior Category

First Place, Junior Category

Bradyn Hayes

2016 First Place Intermediate Category

First Place, Intermediate Category

Ethan Wracher

2016 First Place Senior Category

First Place, Senior Category

Michael Straham

MoDOT Aviation Project Managers and Area Engineers
Contact Information:

Aviation Phone Number
(573) 751-2589

Fax Number
(573) 526-4709

Mailing Address
MoDOT Aviation Section
P.O. Box 270
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Delivery Address
MoDOT Aviation Section
105 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101

E-mail MoDOT Aviation



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