Chapter 5501:1-1 Airports, Landing Fields, and Landing Areas
In accordance with section 4561.11 of the Revised Code, all airports, heliports, seaplane bases, landing fields, and landing areas shall first be approved by the office of aviation before being used for commercial purposes.
A temporary commercial operating certificate may be issued, however, such certificate will only be issued on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the administrator, for a period not to exceed thirty days.
"Commercial purposes" means airports, heliports, and seaplane bases having repeated or successive flights for compensation, student training for hire, or offering to the general public any other services pertaining to aircraft or aviation for compensation.
Any political subdivision, corporation, association or person desiring or planning to construct or establish an airport, heliport, seaplane base, landing field or landing area for commercial purposes shall, submit an application for approval to the office of aviation prior to the acquisition of the site or prior to the construction or establishment of the proposed airport, heliport, seaplane base, landing field or landing area.
All applications shall include a complete airport master plan including an airport drawing with certified coordinates and complete written description of the project, showing the location in respect to the surrounding topography. The standards prescribed by the federal aviation administration for airport design in advisory circular 150/5300 (series) and 14 CFR 77 (FAR part 77) may be applied in considering the approval of all certificates.
An application for a commercial operating certificate may be presented Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excepting legal holidays, by regular mail, electronically, or in person to:
"The Ohio Department of Transportation
Office of Aviation
2829 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235"
Upon completion of a review of the application, the administrator shall, in writing, notify the applicant of the approval, conditional approval, or denial of the application. Conditional approval may be given where the administrator determines that additional things need to be done before final approval can be issued. Such conditional approval shall set forth the reasons therefor, the requirements to be met before such approval will be given and provide a reasonable time in which to satisfy such requirements.
If a certificate is denied, the order shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested and shall inform the applicant of their right to request a hearing. Any request for a hearing must be filed with the administrator within thirty days of the receipt of the written notice. If a hearing is requested, it shall be conducted in accordance with sections 119.01 to 119.13 of the Revised Code.
All commercial airports shall be certified for commercial operations once every three years by the office of aviation. In order to be certified airports shall meet the following minimum requirements in addition to such other special requirements as the office of aviation may deem necessary in the interest of safety.
(A) General requirements
(1) The entire runway must be maintained for safe operation of aircraft under normal weather conditions.
(2) The landing area must be in such condition that two aircraft at rest on the same runway shall be visible to each other except on airports where traffic control exists and is exercised.
(3) Turf runways shall be marked with runway markers and runway threshold markers visible from one thousand feet above ground level. Hard surface runways shall be marked with runway numbers and runway threshold markings visible from one thousand feet above ground level.
(4) All airports must be equipped with an operating wind indicator.
(5) Airports constructed after January 1, 1998 must meet the requirements set forth in federal aviation regulations (FAR) part 77 and federal aviation administration airport design advisory circular 150/5300-13 (series).
(6) Airports constructed before January 1, 1998 will be certificated in accordance with the standards set forth during original construction. Airports not meeting current commercial operating certificate requirements will receive a conditional commercial operating certificate stipulating areas of non-compliance with current airport standards.
(7) Airports must provide public access to a telephone during normal hours of operation.
(8) The landing area shall not be less than eighteen hundred feet usable length by fifty feet width turf or hard surface.
(B) Aircraft inventory. For the purpose of inventory of aircraft in the state of Ohio, the airport sponsor shall furnish the department of transportation a complete list of all aircraft stored, based, parked, hangared or otherwise located at the airport. The list shall include the make and model of aircraft and the name and address of the owner or owners of such aircraft. Such information shall be furnished via medium deemed acceptable by the department no later than the fifteenth day of January of each year.
Airports of this type are for the personal use of the owner. No specifications or restrictions apply except that the owner shall be required to register the airport with the office of aviation biennially on the forms provided.