Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department or Program

Public Administration


NewMyer, David A.


Southern Illinois Airport is a publicly used and operated airport that forecasts its airport activity for airport planning purposes. This research uses linear regression analysis to identify independent variables impacting based aircraft, local civilian operations and itinerant general aviation aircraft operations at Southern Illinois Airport between 2000 and 2010. Regression analysis is a Federal Aviation Administration approved method in determining relationships between airport activity factors and other variables, but is typically used in large scale airport system planning and not at general aviation airports such as Southern Illinois Airport. The results appear promising for future use in airport planning as the test did identify significant relationships between Southern Illinois Airport activity and independent variables.