Chapter 7.130
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Sections:

7.130.010    Statement of policy.

7.130.020    Application information.

7.130.030    Minimum standards for (lessee’s) fixed base operators (FBO).

7.130.035    Minimum standards for (lessee’s) personal hangar.

7.130.040    Minimum standards for (nonlessee’s) commercial businesses and organizations.

7.130.050    Through the fence operations.

7.130.010 Statement of policy.

The city of Palmer, as the owner and operator of the Palmer Municipal Airport, hereby gives notice of the following as a statement of minimum operating procedures for aeronautical services, commercial operations and personal hangars at the airport.

These standards are intended to be the threshold entry requirements for those wishing to provide aeronautical services or other services to the public or have a personal hangar at the airport and to ensure that those who have undertaken to provide aeronautical services or other services are not exposed to unfair or irresponsible competition and aeronautical operations. These minimum standards were developed taking into consideration the aviation role of the airport, the future development of the airport, and the city’s obligations as an airport improvement sponsor under 14 CFR Part 152. The uniform application of these minimum standards relates primarily to the public interest and discourages the offering of substandard services to users of the airport. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)

7.130.020 Application information.

Persons interested in operating a business or service on the Palmer Municipal Airport grounds should contact the airport superintendent. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)

7.130.030 Minimum standards for (lessee’s) fixed base operators (FBO).

A. Approved lease on file with the city.

B. Leases shall be for a term determined upon the basis of the applicant’s proposed financial investment in permanent improvements on the premises to be leased.

C. An applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the city that the applicant has sufficient experience, knowledge, certifications, and licensing to be reasonably capable of lawfully and successfully operating the aeronautical service proposed by the applicant.

D. An applicant must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the city, that the applicant has adequate resources to complete the construction of the proposed improvements on the proposed premises and to successfully operate the proposed FBO business.

E. The applicant shall lease, at a minimum, sufficient land to provide adequate space as determined by the city to accommodate the applicant’s proposed building, aircraft parking, customer vehicle parking, and employee parking needs.

F. As a condition of the lease, the applicant must:

1. Invest $100,000 in buildings and other permanent improvements on the premises in support of the applicant’s proposed FBO business.

2. Comply with all zoning and building code regulations for the city.

3. Operate the proposed FBO business on a continuous basis throughout the term of the lease, uninterrupted by any period of closure over 15 consecutive days or 24 aggregate days within any 12-month period without permission of the airport superintendent, unless the business is by nature seasonal.

4. Have personnel in attendance on the premises during all operating hours who are qualified to perform the service offered by the proposed FBO business.

5. Indemnify and defend the city and maintain insurance coverage, as required under the lease.

6. Make all lease payments timely, when due without undue collection efforts on behalf of the city. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)

7.130.035 Minimum standards for (lessee’s) personal hangar.

A. Approved lease on file with the city.

B. Leases shall be for a term determined upon the basis of the applicant’s proposed financial investment in permanent improvements on the premises to be leased.

C. An applicant must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the city, that the applicant has adequate resources to complete the construction of the proposed improvements on the proposed premises.

D. The applicant shall lease, at a minimum, sufficient land to provide adequate space as determined by the city to accommodate the applicant’s proposed building, aircraft parking, and vehicle parking needs.

E. As a condition of the lease, the applicant must:

1. Invest $75,000 in buildings and other permanent improvements on the premises in support of the applicant’s proposed hangar.

2. Comply with all zoning and building code regulations for the city.

3. Indemnify and defend the city and maintain insurance coverage, as required under the lease.

4. Make all lease payments timely, when due without undue collection efforts on behalf of the city. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)

7.130.040 Minimum standards for (nonlessee’s) commercial businesses and organizations.

A. Approved commercial operating agreement to conduct business on airport grounds.

B. An applicant must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the city, that the applicant has sufficient experience, knowledge, certifications, and licensing to be reasonably capable of lawfully and successfully operating the aeronautical service proposed by the applicant.

C. The applicant shall rent or sublease, at a minimum, sufficient land to provide adequate space as determined by the city to accommodate the applicant’s proposed business, aircraft parking, customer vehicle parking, and employee parking needs.

D. As a condition of operating a business on airport grounds, the applicant must:

1. Invest sufficient funds in support of the applicant’s proposed business.

2. Indemnify and defend the city and maintain insurance coverage, as required under the operating agreement.

3. Pay all user airport user fees timely, when due without undue collection efforts on behalf of the city. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)

7.130.050 Through the fence operations.

A. Agreement for through the fence airport access on file with the city.

B. Written agreement with the city for access from the applicant’s property, and applicant will meet all requirements for on field operations for insurance, safety, personnel and equipment.

C. Such written agreement shall include provision for payment of an access fee, as applicable, as established for such type activity by the airport.

An access fee ensures that those commercial activities that are using the airport to conduct their business to earn a profit are participating in the cost of maintaining the airport. The written agreement also ensures they are maintaining safe operations and minimum standards while using the airport. (Ord. 17-003 § 4, 2017)