11.03.04.06

.06 Airports: General.

A. Public Safety. The Administration may not issue or renew an airport license or registration if operations conducted at the airport seriously impair public safety.

B. License or Registration Required.

(1) A person may not operate an airport without an airport license or registration unless exempted by:

(a) The Transportation Article, §5-302(a), Annotated Code of Maryland; or

(b) Regulation .09, Airports: Specific Exemptions.

(2) A person may not operate a public-use airport without a public-use airport license. See Table I: Airport Standards.

(3) A person may not operate a private-use, commercial-use airport without a commercial-use airport license. See Table I: Airport Standards.

(4) A person may not operate a private-use, noncommercial-use airport without an airport registration. See Table I: Airport Standards.

TABLE I: Airport Standards
Commercial Use Noncommercial Use
Public Use (1) Public-use license required. (1) Public-use required.
(2) Must meet or exceed the public-use minimum standards and comply with any restrictions imposed by the Administration. (2) Must meet or exceed the public-use minimum standards and comply with any restrictions imposed by the Administration.
Private Use (1) Commercial-use license required. (1) Registration required.
(2) Must meet or exceed the commercial use minimum standards and comply with any restrictions imposed by the Administration. (2) Must comply with any restrictions imposed by the Administration.

C. Approval of Local Governing Body. A person may not operate an airport without land use approval from the local governing body if that body has an airport zoning ordinance.

D. Approval of FAA. An airport may not be licensed or registered without airspace approval by the FAA.

E. Depiction on Aeronautical Charts. Public use airports shall be shown on aeronautical charts and listed in airport directories. Private use airports may be shown on aeronautical charts and listed in airports' directories if they carry the notation "Private" or a symbol conveying the same meaning. Private use airports may be listed or shown only to provide information to aid aircraft in distress.

F. Tampering with Airport Property. A person may not tamper with any airport property.

G. Administration Testimony. The Administration, upon request by the local governing body, may provide, at its discretion, expert testimony as to the safety of any particular airport. Nothing in these regulations waives the rights granted by the Transportation Article, §5-211, Annotated Code of Maryland.