(a) To be eligible to apply for a project for airport development with respect to a particular airport the following requirements must be met:
(1) Each sponsor must be a public agency authorized by law to submit the project application;
(2) If a sponsor is the holder of an airport operating certificate issued for the airport under part 139 of this chapter, it must be in compliance with the requirements of part 139.
(3) When any of the following agreements is applicable to an airport which the sponsor owns or controls, the sponsor must have complied with the agreement, or show to the satisfaction of the Administrator that it will comply or, for reasons beyond its control, cannot comply with the agreement:
(i) Each grant agreement made with it under the Federal Airport Act (49 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), or the AADA.
(ii) Each convenant in a conveyance to it under section 16 of the Federal Airport Act or section 23 of the AADA.
(iii) Each convenant in a conveyance to it of surplus airport property under section 13(a) of the Surplus Property Act (50 U.S.C. App 1622(g)) or under Regulation 16 of the War Assets Administration.
(4) The sponsor, in the case of a single sponsor, or one or more of the cosponsors must have, or be able to obtain -
(i) Funds to pay all estimated costs of the project that are not to be born by the United States; and
(ii) Satisfactory property interests in the lands to be developed or used as part of, or in connection with, the airport as it will be after the project is completed.
(b) Another public agency may act as agent of the public agency that is to own and operate the airport, for the purpose of channeling grant funds in accordance with state or local law, without becoming a sponsor.