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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I get a list of Maine pilots?
A: On the Internet there are at least two sources: www.avantext.com or www.landings.com. Also, several vendors provide the information on CD ROM.
Q: How can I find information on aircraft accidents?
A: The Office of Passenger Transportation does not investigate Aircraft accidents. The responsible agency is the National Transportation Safety Board. Their telephone number for Public inquiry is 1-800-877-6799
Q: How can I get a GPS Approach for my airport?
A: GPS approaches are being developed by the FAA at a rate of 10 to 20 per year per state. The Office of Passenger Transportation determines priorities for approach development by looking at several factors for each airport including number of annual operation's, number of based aircraft and the type of operations conducted at the airport. Currently only airports with a paved runway, lighting, and with an existing instrument approach are being looked at for submittal.
Q: Do I need to be licensed to operate an airport?
A: No, but if you want to conduct commercial operations (i.e. flight training, aircraft repair, aircraft, hangar rental, etc.), the airport must be licensed by the state. If you want to operate an airport solely for your use, and the use of persons authorized by you, the airport need not be licensed.
Q: Do I need to get approval to have a private-use airport?
A: If the proposed airport is to be located within 5 miles of a public-use airport, you are required to notify and get approval from the Office of Passenger Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. Furthermore, federal law requires that airports which will be used for longer than one year file FAA form 7480-1, "Notice of Landing Area Proposal. "
Q: May I land my helicopter in my backyard?
A: First check local zoning regulations for permitted operations. If local zoning allows aircraft operations, and you are not going to use the landing site for more than ten operations per day, or for more than three days in any one week, and for no longer than a year, you can land your helicopter without any additional requirements. If you will exceed the one year period, or the number of daily operations, you are required to file FAA form 7480-1 (Notice of Landing Area Proposal).
Q: May I land a seaplane on any lake?
A: If there are no local zoning laws prohibiting motorized aircraft operations on the PUBLIC lake, you can land on it. Private lakes are considered private property and you will require prior permission from the owner. However, Baxter State Park is closed, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, which is restricted. Restrictions do not apply to aircraft on state business or in emergency. No exceptions in the Baxter State Park area. Seaplane landings in the Allagash are allowed at the following locations:
Q: Which Structures must be registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)?
A: Unless specifically exempted, FAA notification and FCC registration is required for:
Any construction or alteration that would be in an instrument approach area and available information indicates it might exceed an obstruction standard of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this case, the FAA would specifically ask you to file a notification -- you would then be required to register the structure.
The term SPECIFIED AIRPORT, in the context above, refers to:
The following types of antenna structures are specifically exempted from the FAA notification requirements and FCC requirements:
Q: How do I register a proposed antenna structure, or an altered antenna structure whose overall height has increased?
Use the FCC Form 854, "Application for Antenna Structure Registration" to register a structure. There is no registration fee. To obtain a copy of Form 854 from the following sources:
To obtain a FAA Form 7460-1:
This page last updated on 11/7/13
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