Navigate Up
Roads & Airports Department Menu +
Home > Airport Information and Commissions

Airport Information and Commissions

Last modified: 4/2/2012 10:36 AM
Rear view Reid-Hillview Building 2

About Airports Administration

The County Airports Administration is authorized by the Santa Clara County Code (Section A13-13 (c)) to "Plan, design, construct, maintain and operate County airports."   The Board of Supervisors determines the level of service to be provided at the airports, and the Santa Clara County Airports Commission provides advice, studies, and recommendations to the Board on airport issues.

The daily operations of the County Airports are funded entirely by airport users fees and budgeted using the Airport Enterprise Fund.   The airport department is completely self-sufficient;    it does not use any General Fund tax dollars.   Some special projects receive additional funding from the FAA and Caltrans.

The County Airports Administration operates and maintains the County's three general aviation airports at  Reid-Hillview (RHV) in San Jose,  Palo Alto (PAO)  and  South County (E16) in San Martin -- comprised of  7 miles of runways and taxiways,  245 aircraft hangars,  648 aircraft tie-down storage spaces.

The County Board of Supervisors and the Airports Administration seek guidance from the following Commissions regarding airport operations and development: 

The Airports Commission.

The Airport Land Use Commission.

For the most recent information on the county airports, visit their website at