Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 03-02. Compilation of State Aviation Authorizing Legislation

Each state has enacted legislation creating and empowering governmental entities such as state agencies, municipalities, airport authorities, joint power organizations, etc. to plan, design, construct, operate, and protect public airports. As a result, there is a national patchwork of legislation pursuant to which these airports operate. There is also considerable diversity from state to state in the breadth and specificity of legislation empowering airport owners and operators. It would be useful for policy-makers, airport operators, and other practitioners to have available a convenient and synthesized resource of all states' airport-specific legislation. The objective of this research project is to compile, review and summarize in digest form, each state's airport-specific legislation, including, but not limited to, laws establishing, developing, operating, expanding, and funding airports. The compilation should be limited to legislation expressly applicable to public airports rather than legislation applicable to local governments generally. The report should also compare and contrast the legislation concerning specific categories of statutory powers and limitations, such as: (1) Zoning and land use; (2) Purchasing authority; (3) Commercial operations and permitted uses; (4) Ground transportation access; (5) Public access and use; (6) Funding & taxing authority; (7) Land acquisition and divestment (sale, lease or exchange); (8) Law enforcement; (9) Right to sue and be sued; and (10) Grant of immunities, including sovereign, antitrust, and tort immunities. The compilation should be sufficient to provide airport operators with a useful guide to the various state enacted approaches to specific subjects.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $35000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Durham, Jones & Pinegar

  • Principal Investigators:

    Howick, Jodi

  • Start Date: 20090801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110801
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29062

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01548815
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2014 1:00AM