Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 12-02. Legal Considerations for General Aviation (GA) Development at Airports

General aviation (GA) users that have leases with both commercial service and GA airports include aeronautical service providers (e.g., fixed-base operators (FBOs), flight schools), corporate flight departments and other aircraft owners, and other users (e.g., cargo, charter, and fuel farms). Common issues that arise in drafting and negotiating lease agreements for GA development include the following: standards for new construction, term, rent and fees, financing, escalation, maintenance, turnback standards, sublease and assignment, operating restrictions, environmental compliance, access, use for nonaeronautical purposes, insurance and indemnity, change in law, default and remedies, and subordination. The objective of this research is to prepare a Legal Research Digest (LRD) that is readable and accessible to airport managers, attorneys, and prospective tenants on the lease of airport property for GA development. The required elements of the digest include the following: short background on relevant legal issues (e.g., airport owner’s authority to contract, application of FAA Grant Assurances, and relationship to existing leases); inventory of issues that commonly arise in the drafting, negotiation, and administration of GA leases (presented as a checklist, table of contents and/or heads of terms); exemplar lease provisions where such model is available; and key differences in lease terms based on the type of agreement and user. The successful proposer will be responsible for presenting an outline and approach for organizing these subjects in a user-friendly and logical manner.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic 12-02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC    20024
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20210929
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01767982
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic 12-02
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2021 3:13PM