Washington's aviation system is an economic asset. It connects Washington's communities, no matter how remote, providing critical links to people, goods, and services. WSDOT Aviation provides vital financial assistance to 132 public-use airports across the state in the form of airport development and maintenance grants and capital construction loans. The state's airports range in size from small airports to large commercial service airports. WSDOT Aviation is directly responsible for the management of 15 airports within the system. The agency is also responsible for the management of air search and rescue operations, as well as for providing education and training in relation to UAS operations, and the value and protection of public use airports.