Aviation Reports

Advanced Aerial Mobility

Advanced Aerial Mobility is a newly emerging industry that aims to develop and operate new air vehicles potentially capable of safe, reliable, and low-noise vertical flight. The world has seen a recent increase in the adoption of electric vertical lift aircraft for urban, suburban and rural operations. These new innovations and technologies change the way that we move cargo and people, affecting industries across the economy. These changes will challenge today's airspace monitoring systems and regulatory environment. The U.S. government and its regulatory agencies need technical guidance to facilitate the development of these technologies, and to create the regulatory framework to foster the growth of this vertical flight industry to the benefit of the aviation industry.
Advanced Air Mobility, or AAM, is a concept that introduces new and innovative ways to move people and cargo within and between places underserved by aviation.
AAM aims to integrate emerging aircraft technology like eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and other remotely piloted vehicles with existing flight operations.
In the U.S., AAM is championed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the aerospace industry.
Advancing Aerial Mobility evaluates the potential benefits and challenges associated with this emerging industry. This report provides recommendations that seek to foster an environment in which the nation can maintain its leading position in developing, deploying, and embracing these new technologies. This publication presents a national vision for Advanced Aerial Mobility, market evolution, and safety and security management.
Click on this link to go to the National Academies website and sign up for emails on the subject: National Academies

Nevada County Airport

The Nevada County Airport in Grass Valley is owned and operated by the County of Nevada. It provides service to local aircraft and their owners; transient aircraft, including aircraft flying business people to/from Nevada County; the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF); U. S. Forest Service (USFS); safety and service providers; law enforcement personnel; and County residents.

Nevada County Airport web site

The Nevada County Airport Land Use Commission (NCALUC) serves as the land use planning agency for the Nevada County Airport.  Members are Commissioners from the Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC).

The Nevada County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (NCALUCP) is a document the Commission uses in fulfilling its duty to review airport and adjacent land use development proposals.  The plan sets compatibility criteria applicable to local agencies in their preparation or amendment of land use plans and ordinances and to land owners in their design of new development.  The influence area extends 1.7 miles from the airport's runway.  The plan is used by the ALUC staff to define compatibility for noise, safety, airspace protection, and overflight as it pertains to newly proposed projects.  It was adopted by the Nevada County ALUC on September 21, 2011.

Nevada County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan 
  Prepared by Mead & Hunt, Inc.

        Nevada County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan
        Table of Contents
        Chapter 1 - Introduction
        Chapter 2 - Policies
        Chapter 3 - Background Data         
Attachment A - Adopting Resolution
                Attachment B - Notice of Determination
                Attachment C - CEQA Initial Study
                Attachment D - Div. of Aeronautics Approval Letter

Truckee Tahoe Airport

The Truckee Tahoe Airport is an "intercounty airport", with its runways and safety zones bisected by the Nevada-Placer County line. The airport provides high-quality aviation facilities and services to meet local needs and strives for low impact on its neighbors. The airport hosts more than 35,000 takeoffs and landings each year.
Truckee Tahoe Airport website
Truckee Tahoe Airport financials

The Truckee Tahoe Airport Land Use Commission (TTALUC) serves as the land use planning agency for the Truckee Tahoe Airport.  This special Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) consists of representatives from Nevada and Placer Counties, rather than have to look to each counties' ALUC when land use reviews are needed.  The Nevada County Transportation Commission authorized its staff on May 19, 2010 to support the new Commission by adopting Resolution 10-30 (click here to link to the ALUC portion of our website). 

The Truckee Tahoe Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (TTALUCP) is a document referred to by the Commission and individuals seeking to review standards for land use planning in the vicinity of the airport.  The plan defines compatible land uses for noise, safety, airspace protection, and overflight.  The ALUC performs consistency determinations for proposed projects in the area covered by the Compatibility Plan as needed.  
The UPDATED TTALUCP AND NEGATIVE DECLARATION WERE ADOPTED ON OCTOBER 27, 2016.  The "Final" of the TTALUCP was prepared by our consultant, Mead & Hunt, and is posted below along with the CEQA Study and Negative Declaration.  
Chapter 1 - Introduction
        Chapter 2 - Policies
            Table 2A - Basic Compatibility Criteria
            Table 2B - Compatibility Zone Delineation
            Map 2A - Compatibility Policy Map, Truckee Tahoe Airport
            Map 2B - Airport Layout Plan, Truckee Tahoe Airport        
        Chapter 3 - Background Data: Truckee Tahoe Airport and Environ
            Exhibit 3-1 - Airport Features Summary
            Exhibit 3-2 - Airport Layout Plan
            Exhibit 3-3 - Airport Activity Data Summary
            Exhibit 3-4 - Compatibility Factors:  Noise & Safety
            Exhibit 3-5 - Compatibility Factors:  Overflight & Airspace
            Exhibit 3-6 - Airport Environs Information
            Exhibit 3-7 - Nevada & Placer County General Plan Land Uses
            Exhibit 3-8 - Town of Truckee General Plan Land Uses
            Appendix A
- State Laws
            Appendix B - Federal Aviation Regulations Part 77
            Appendix C - Methods for Determining Concentrations of People
            Appendix D - Compatibility Guidelines for Specific Land Uses
            Appendix E - Project Referral Form
            Appendix F - General Plan Consistency Checklist
            Appendix G - Sample Implementation Documents (Avigation Easement & Overflight Easement)
            Appendix H - Glossary of Terms
CEQA Initial Study and Negative Declaration