Chapter 9.69
LAUNCHING AND LANDING AIRCRAFT AT PLACES OTHER THAN AIRPORTS

Sections:

9.69.010  Declared hazard.

9.69.020  Prohibited – Exception.

9.69.030  Parachute landings.

9.69.040  Violation – Penalty.

9.69.010  Declared hazard.

The city council finds that the launching, take-off or landing of any airplane, helicopter, balloon, rocket, or other machine or device designed for propulsion into or navigation within air space which is subject to federal law or regulation pertaining to air navigation, in any place within the city limits not zoned or specifically set apart for use as an airport or launching or landing pad under the zoning ordinance or other governmental regulations for the control and safety of such place, is a hazard to the safety of people living, working and traveling within the city limits and an annoyance to persons who live in and otherwise occupy property within the city. This chapter does not extend to any toy, model aircraft, toy balloon, or other device not designed for carrying persons or cargo into air space. (Ord. 81-2 § 1(a), 1981).

9.69.020  Prohibited – Exception.

Except for emergency landings reasonably calculated to preserve life or property in the case of airborne craft or instrumentalities in distress situations, no person shall land an airplane, helicopter, balloon or any other craft or instrumentality described in SMC 9.69.010 at any place within the limits of the city not specifically designed by governmental authority as an airport, heliport, launching or landing pad, or similar place specifically designed for the activity in question. (Ord. 81-2 § 1(b), 1981).

9.69.030  Parachute landings.

No person shall intentionally land within the city limits by parachute, except in emergency in the escape from disabled or distressed aircraft, or except in a place specifically designated for such activity, or pursuant to special permit issued under the authority of law. (Ord. 81-2 § 1(c), 1981).

9.69.040  Violation – Penalty.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter intentionally is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable as provided in SMC 1.12.010. (Ord. 81-2 § 1(d), 1981).