Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 55.06 - Conditions of state aid

Current through March 28, 2022

(a) An airport owner shall maintain good title to the airport and may not dispose of or encumber its fee title or other property interests as shown on the exhibit "A", or airport property map, for the duration of these conditions without the written approval of the secretary. Ordinary airport tenant leases for direct, supportive or complementary aviation activities are not considered an encumbrance by the secretary and not subject to review.
(b) An airport owner may dispose of land when it is no longer needed for airport purposes, after receiving approval from the secretary. The airport owner shall dispose of the land at fair market value. The secretary may authorize that portion of the proceeds, which is proportionate to the state's share of the cost of acquisition of such land, shall be invested in an airport improvement project or be paid to the secretary for deposit in the transportation fund. Disposition of land shall be subject to the retention or reservation of an interest or right necessary to ensure that the land shall only be used for purposes which are compatible with the operation of the airport.
(a) An airport owner shall safely operate and maintain all airport facilities which are necessary to serve the aeronautical users of the airport, other than facilities owned or controlled by the United States.
(b) An airport owner may not permit an activity on airport property that would interfere with air transportation provided that nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to require that an airport be operated during temporary periods when snow, flood or other conditions beyond the control of the owner prevent its use.
(c) An airport owner shall promptly notify pilots of conditions affecting the safe aeronautical use of the airport.
(d) An airport owner shall establish and maintain a program of both preventative and remedial pavement maintenance. The program shall contain, as a minimum, all of the following:
1. An inventory of pavements.
2. A pavement inspection schedule.
3. A systematic repair schedule to maintain performance and extend pavement life.
4. A budget sufficient to accomplish the repair schedule.
(e) An airport owner shall operate the following minimum airfield lighting during periods of darkness, when such facilities exist at the airport:
1. Low-intensity lighting on one runway.
2. Airport beacon.
3. Windsock lighting.
4. Obstruction lighting.
(a) An airport owner shall maintain clear and safe runway protection zones as described in FAA advisory circular 150/5300-13, Airport Design, as amended, except for runway lighting fixtures, markers and metrological instruments whose locations are fixed by their functional purposes or a structure approved by the FAA. The owner shall establish positive control of the runway protection zones through the acquisition of fee title or avigation easement. The owner shall prevent the erection or creation of a structure or place of public assembly in the runway protection zone.

Note: The FAA advisory circular may be obtained from the United States Department of Transportation, Distribution Unit, T AB 443.1, Washington, D.C. 20590, and is on file with the Attorney General's office and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

(b) An airport owner shall adequately clear and protect the aerial approaches to the airport by removing, lowering, relocating, marking, or lighting or otherwise mitigating existing airport hazards and by preventing the establishment or creation of future airport hazards.
(a) A public airport owner shall adopt the following ordinances within 6 months after receipt of a sample ordinance from the secretary:
1. A height limitation zoning ordinance adequately restricting the height of objects near the airport in accordance with s. 114.136, Stats.
2. An ordinance to provide for the control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the surface of the airport.
(b) A private airport owner shall:
1. Adopt and enforce a rule to provide for the control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the surface of the airport.
2. Make application for and pursue the passage and acceptance of a compatible ordinance using s. 114.136, Stats., as the primary guide.
(5) SURVEYS. An airport owner shall cooperate with the secretary in surveys which may be conducted on topics that include the following:
(a) Airport rates and charges.
(b) Airport operations.
(c) Based aircraft.
(6) PUBLIC ACCESS. An airport owner shall provide suitable aircraft parking areas so that aircraft and passengers, scheduled and general aviation, have reasonable access to the airport facilities consistent with security requirements.
(7) LEGAL RELATIONS. An airport owner shall indemnify and hold harmless the state and all its officers, employes, and agents from and against a suit, cause, action, claims costs, and expenses, including legal fees, and the state's attorneys fees, in connection with bodily injury to a person or damage to property caused directly or indirectly by failure, malfunction, lack of maintenance, or construction of the airport and its facilities.
(8) AIRPORT LAYOUT PLAN. An airport owner shall maintain a current layout plan showing all of the following:
(a) The boundaries of the airport and all proposed additions, together with the boundaries of all off-site areas owned or controlled by the airport owner for airport purposes and proposed additions.
(b) The location and nature of all existing and proposed airport facilities and structures, such as runways, taxiways, aprons, terminal buildings, hangars and roads, including all proposed extensions and reductions of existing airport facilities.
(c) The airport layout plan and each amendment, revision or modification to the plan shall be subject to the approval of the secretary, which approval shall be evidenced by the signature of a duly authorized representative of the secretary on the face of the airport layout plan. The airport owner may not make or permit a change or alteration in the airport or in any of its facilities other than in conformity with the airport layout plan as approved by the secretary if the changes or alterations might adversely affect the safety, utility or efficiency of the airport.
(a) An airport owner may not enter into transactions which would deprive it of the rights and powers necessary to perform these conditions without the written approval of the secretary. The owner shall act to acquire, extinguish or modify outstanding rights or claims of the right or rights of others which would interfere with such performance by the airport owner.
(b) The obligation to perform these conditions may be assumed by another public agency found by the secretary to be eligible to assume such obligations and having the power, authority, and financial resources to carry out all such obligations. If an arrangement is made for management or operation of the airport by an agency or person other than the airport owner or an employe of the owner, the owner shall reserve sufficient rights and authority to ensure that the airport shall be operated and maintained in accordance with these conditions.
(10) SPECIAL CONDITIONS. In addition to the conditions under this section, the secretary may establish, by written agreement, special conditions in the public interest where required by specific project or airport site circumstances.


Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 55.06
Cr. Register, May, 1997, No. 497, eff. 6-1-97.

The following state regulations pages link to this page.

State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.