Private Pilot Flying in Idaho

April 1st, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Flying the back country in the Rocky Mountains as a private pilot offers an aviation experience one will long remember for the remainder of their aviation lives.

The State offers over seventy-five (75) airports to include state managed and operated airports. In addition numerous private airports are available for exploring when one obtains landing and use permission.

The managing, care and maintenance of back country airports is a cooperative effort between numerous organizations. Organizations that promote flying within the State are; The Idaho Aviation Association, Idaho Airstrip Network and Eastern Chapter of the Airstrip Network.

Idaho Aviation Association

The Idaho Aviation Association was organized in 1989 to give Idaho a general aviation voice locally and nationally. Their mission is to represent members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; to inform members about aviation issues; to work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and to promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.

Idaho Airstrip Network

The Idaho Airstrip Network is a group of airstrip owners including the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Division of Aeronautics and a few private owners, along with several nonprofit aviation groups including the Idaho Aviation Association, Idaho Aviation Foundation and the Recreational Aviation Foundation, and other entities that have an interest in aviation such as Idaho Outfitters and Guides and the Idaho Department of Commerce. The group is held together by a Memorandum of Understanding and is managed by a steering committee and a part-time coordinator.

Eastern Idaho Chapter of the Airstrip Network

On February 17th, 2012 local aviators from various Eastern Idaho cities including Aberdeen, Ammon, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Rigby filled a small room at Idaho Falls Regional Airport (KIDA) and officially formed the Eastern Idaho Chapter of the IAA. Mike Hart is chapter chair with James Hoff as co-chair. Members volunteered at the Aviation Trade show Idaho on May 18th & 19th, 2012. Also, members volunteered to perform airstrip maintenance work during the summer.

State of Idaho

The State of Idaho has a total land base of 53,530, 880 acres. Sixty-three (63) percent of Idaho is public land, managed by the federal government, thirty-one (31) percent of Idaho land is privately owned. The public land breakdown is forest service percentage, thirty-eight (38%) percent and BLM twenty-two (22%) percent of available Idaho land mass. The partnership with the U.S. government has been a successful marriage.

Aviation in Idaho offers access to remote cabins, hunting grounds, resort properties, fishing, camping and water recreation. A pilot may view remote airport weather and activity on selected web cams. Idaho publishes a State aeronautical chart and airport facility directory.


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