Airport Regulations



It is the Port’s policy to operate the airport for the use and benefit of the public and to eliminate potential hazards to aircraft and persons using the airport.  The Commissioners of the Port of Lopez have adopted basic regulations to enhance safety, security and of airport operations. Updated, 2018.

  1. Use of Airport Facilities:
    1. It shall be the responsibility of users of Port facilities to protect the safety of all persons and to notify proper authorities of apparent unauthorized activities.
    2. Pedestrian access to waiting planes is located at the Airport Building.
    3. No person shall walk across the “Runway”, “Taxiway A” or “grass areas” adjacent to the runways without permission from proper authorities.
    4. No person shall engage in any “on-going” business or “long-term” commercial activity on airport property unless officially approved by the Port.
    5. No person shall dispose of yard or household waste of any kind at the airport. RCW 9.A56.020 “Theft of services”.
    6. The Port has authorized a standing reward of $2,500 leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone tampering with an aircraft or destroying Port property.
    7. Failure to pay fees when due or to follow Airport and/or FAA Regulations may result in forfeiture of the lease /rental and loss of airport access and privileges.

2.  Aircraft and Hangar Fire Safety Practices to Follow:

Static electricity caused an airplane to catch fire in Ellensberg destroying two hangars and four airplanes. An aircraft was being defueled and a rag used to wipe up fuel was dropped and when it was picked up static electricity from the movement caught the fuel on fire. By the time someone could bring a fire extinguisher from another hangar it was too late. The two chief problems regarding fire hazards are gasoline fumes and static electricity.

A. Fuel and Defuel aircraft outdoors when possible, otherwise always have hangar doors fully open when transferring fuel.

B.  Ground aircraft when transferring fuel.

C. Bond fuel container to aircraft when transferring fuel. (Free falling fuel creates a static build up. A conducting bond will reduce static charges).

D. Minimize the distance between the container and the aircraft when transferring fuel. (Making direct contact between the container and the aircraft is best).

F. Keep Class B fire extinguisher(s) charged and accessible near the door of the hangar and have a water hose on hand that will reach the nearest hydrant.

G. Store and transfer fuel in gasoline approved containers.

H. Eliminate potential sources of ignition such as: operation of electrical devices, turn master off, clothing that may promote static electricity such as nylon or synthetic material and of course no open flames.

I. Fix fuel leaks, wipe up small fuel spills and wash out large fuel spills with water.

J. Dry fuel soaked rags outside of hangar or in a fire safe container, fuel soaked rags give off fumes and/or may spontaneous combust

  1. Vehicles – General Requirements:
    1. Only authorized vehicles are permitted on the airport.
    2. All vehicles on Port property are restricted to a ten-mile per hour speed limit and are to be operated under applicable County and State regulations..
    3. Taxing aircraft have the right-of-way over other moving vehicles except responding emergency vehicles.
    4. Vehicles are not permitted on the “Runway” or “Taxiway A” unless specificly authorized by the Port.
    5. Vehicles and persons using hangar or rental facilities are to use gates 2 (east gate) and 3 (north gate).
    6. Access through the Main Gate is limited; the apron area in front of the Port building is provided for emergencies and commercial vehicles.
    7. Operators of planes are permitted autombile access to load or unload their planes on the ramp, but are to immediately return their car to a designated parking area after loading.
  2. Vehicles – Parking:
    1. Motor vehicles of the”general public” shall be parked in either the short-term or the long-term parking lots.
    2. Short-term (72 hours) parking is provided for meetings, drop-off, transient and emergency vehicles and is located adjacent to the Port building.
    3. Vehicles left longer than 72 hours in the short-term space may be towed or impounded at owner’s expense.
    4. Long term (fee) parking is located approximately 100 feet east of the Port building.
    5. Abandoned, junked, unlicensed vehicles or aircraft are not to be left on Port property. Such aircraft and vehicles may be towed or impounded at owner’s expense. If such vehicle or aircraft is not claimed or redeemed within thirty days, said vehicle or aircraft may by sold or junked by the Port without further notice to the owner. Unlicensed vehicles may be reported to the County Sheriff.
    6. The Port reserves the right to move any vehicles or aircraft for safety purposes, convenience or those in violation of Port regulations.
  1. Emergencies – Accidents:
    1. Any person involved in an accident on airport property or witness thereto, shall report the accident as soon as possible to the San Juan County Sheriff, the Port Manager and, if required to the FAA.
    2. Emergency vehicles and sheriff patrol cars are authorized admittance at all times and may use force to enter through any access point they deem necessary to carry out their duties.
    3. If an airport emergency affects flight operations, an FAA NOTAM report shall be posted to alert aviators.
  2. Aircraft Operations:
    1. No person shall operate, service, maintain or repair an aircraft other than in conformance with current FAA and Port regulations.
    2. It is the responsibility of the aircraft operator to secure their aircraft while parked at the airport. The Port assumes no responsibility for the condition, maintenance or upkeep of tie-down ropes or chocks.
    3. The maximum allowable weight limit of aircraft shall be 12,500 pounds, per single wheel.
    4. Aircraft operators are authorized to take-off and land on the paved runway.

3.   FAA Standards requires hangars to be used for aeronautical activities, including:

  1. Storage of active aircraft and related equipment.
  2. Non-commercial construction of amateur-built or kit-built aircraft. The Port may incorporate construction progress targets in the lease to ensure that the hangar will be used for operational aircraft within reasonable term.
  3. Short-term storage of a non-operational aircraft for purposes of maintenance, repair, or refurbishment of aircraft, but not the indefinite storage of nonoperational aircraft.
  4. The FAA will generally not consider items to interfere with the aeronautical use of the hangar unless the items: – Impede the movement of the aircraft in and out of the hangar or impede access to aircraft or other aeronautical contents out of the hangar. or displace the aeronautical contents out of the hangar.
  5. A vehicle parked at the hangar while the vehicle owner is using the aircraft will not be considered to displace the aircraft.
  6. Hangars may not be used as a residence.
  7. In limited circumstances the Port may request FAA approval for interim use of a hangar for non-aeronautical purposes with assurances that the hangar will be returned to aeronautical activities.
  8. Permitting non-aeronautical items in hangars could inhibit the sponsor’s ability to meet obligations associated with FAA grant assurances.