PO Box 200507, Helena, MT 59620-0507
The Montana Aeronautics Division has two bureaus: Safety and Education and Airport/Airways. These bureaus are responsible for providing for the protection and promotion of safety in aeronautics. The Division facilitates the maintenance of airports and the various components of airport infrastructure, including visual and electronic navigational facilities and flying aids. Efforts to foster, promote, and supervise aviation and aviation safety are coordinated through educational efforts and programs, registering aircraft and pilots in accordance with Montana laws and regulations; and coordination and supervision of aerial search and rescue operations. In accordance with the maintenance and safety aspects of the Division's overall mission, it administers a loan and grant program to municipal governments to fund airport development and improvement projects.
The Airport/Airways Bureau oversees all aspects concerning state involvement in the public and private airport and airways system in Montana. The bureau owns, operates and maintains 15 public use airports, 23 Non-directional Beacons (NDBs) for navigation, and 68 air-to-ground radios in the state. Additionally, the bureau inspects all public use airports, creates an aeronautical chart and directory, and provides individual and communities with engineering and technical assistance/advice. The Bureau owns and operates the Yellowstone Airport located at West Yellowstone. This seasonal airport receives scheduled air service (presently by SkyWest Airlines) from June 1 through September 30. The airport is the base for the U.S. Forest Service Interagency Fire Control Center which provides smokejumpers and retardant aircraft for land surrounding the Park and southwestern Montana.
Chief, Airport/Airways Bureau
Safety and Education Bureau
The Safety and Education Bureau develops, promotes and administers the state's aviation safety and education programs including, the annual college-accredited Aviation Teacher Workshop, the Aviation Career Academy, and state aviation education programs. The Bureau also coordinates the statewide air search and rescue program, trains the program volunteers and coordinators, and maintains an aviation resource library. Additionally, the Bureau administers the statewide aircraft and pilot registration program, conducts and promotes the annual winter survival clinic, the flight instructor refresher clinic, and the mountain search pilot clinic.