Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 08-02. Legal Risks of Operating a Public Airport

Aircraft accidents occur for many reasons and several theories have been advanced for airport liability. Some cases have alleged, for example, airports were liable for not maintaining a "safe flight environment" as defined by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance requirements or for noncompliance with State and local licensing regulations. Other cases have alleged liability for noncompliance with zoning ordinances to protect "navigable airspace." Failure to issue appropriate NOTAMs, wildlife hazard and management, fueling operations, FOD, and snow and ice control are among the types of situations that can generate claims of liability. Airport owners and operators may be unaware of the existence of these cases and theories that have supported liability when accidents occur at their airports.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • 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
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20150421
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39486

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01560691
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2015 1:01AM