The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have undertaken an airport master plan for Talkeetna Airport. The purpose of the Talkeetna Airport Master Plan is to identify Talkeetna's long-term aviation needs, and to ensure that airport development occurs in compliance with FAA standards and Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP) guidelines.
Aviation is a significant economic factor at Talkeetna Airport. The airport is used as the base for air operations within Denali National Park and Preserve (DNPP), including Mt. McKinley, and for other tourism-related business. This master plan is tailored to meet the specific needs of Talkeetna, while adhering to the airport design standards established by the FAA in Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13, Airport Design, and consistent with AASP guidelines.