P.O. BOX 129
GROSSE ILE, MI 48138
FIGURE 1: AIRCRAFT TRAFFIC PATTERNS
CHAPTER 800 – RESERVED FOR FUTURE HOMELAND SECURITY PROVISIONS
The following definitions shall apply to these Rules and Regulations:
I. Non-Movement Area means the portion of the Airport not used for taxiing of aircraft to the runways; see section 700.1.
J. Preventative Maintenance means simple or minor preservation, operation and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex systems.
K. Rules and Regulations means the established operating guidelines for operations at the Grosse Ile Municipal Airport, as enacted by the Grosse Ile Airport Commission, hereinafter referred to as "Rules."
Above Ground Level
These Rules are established and adopted as a supplement to the FAR's and the Michigan Aeronautics Code, which govern the operation of the Airport.
User shall be governed by, and is responsible for compliance with these Rules and any supplementary documents pertinent to specific operations, as well as any codes and/or statutes adopted hereby, referenced and the same as they may be amended.
The Township, its agents and employees operating the Airport, assume no responsibility for damage, loss or injury to Users, by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, jet blast or turbulence, wind, flood, earthquake, faulty construction practice, design errors or omissions, or other natural causes.
User agrees to indemnify, save, protect and hold harmless the Township, its agents and employees operating the Airport from and against any and all actions, suits, claims, damages and charges caused by any act or omission, fault or negligence of the User, or anyone acting on his behalf.
User involved in any accident or incident occurring on the Airport that results in injury to any User or damage to property shall immediately notify the Manager. This does not eliminate any obligation a User has to report accidents or incidents to any other agency.
The Township reserves the right to amend, add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify these Airport Rules and Regulations at its discretion in the interest of the public or due to changing business conditions by resolution with a majority vote of the Grosse Ile Township Board.
User shall not be or become intoxicated or be under the influence of any toxic substance, or commit any disorderly, obscene, indecent act, an act of nuisance or engage in any form of illegal gambling on the Airport.
User shall not dispose of garbage, papers, refuse, or other material on the Airport. Restrooms shall be used in a clean and sanitary manner.
User shall not destroy, injure, deface or disturb in any way any property or facility of the Airport.
No User except peace officers, duly authorized Post Office employees, Airport employees, members of the armed forces of the United States on official duty, or persons with current concealed weapon permits, shall carry any weapon or explosive material on the Airport. Properly cased sporting guns may be carried for transshipment.
User shall not interfere or tamper with any aircraft or put in motion the engine of such aircraft or use any aircraft, aircraft parts, instruments, or tools without permission of the owner or by specific direction of the Manager.
User shall not allow personal pets in any building or other areas of the Airport without the approval of the Manager, with the exception of service dogs.
User shall not loiter on any part of the Airport or in any building on the Airport. Failure to comply with a proper request to leave the premises shall be regarded as trespassing. Proximity of Users to the landing areas shall be regarded as trespassing.
User shall not smoke on the aprons, fuel storage areas, or in any building, room, or place on the Airport where smoking is specifically prohibited or within 50 feet of any fueling or de-fueling operation.
User shall dispose of trash and garbage only in designated containers.
User shall immediately notify the Manager or Fire Department of any leak or spill involving oil, gas, grease or other chemical, petroleum or paint product. User responsible for a leak or spill shall immediately clean up the leak or spill. All spilled material shall be prevented from entering any section of the storm drain system. Any material allowed to enter the storm drain system will be cleaned up at the cost of the responsible party.
User shall not dump or dispose of fuels, dopes, paints, solvents, acids or other liquids on the Airport. User may dispose of oils and lubricating materials in the designated Waste Oil Disposal Tank.
User shall be held fully responsible for all damage or injury to any real or personal property of the Airport, including leased property, whether caused by intentional action or negligence of the User, User’s lessee, tenant, employee or guest.
User shall not place on Airport property any signs without prior permission and authorization from the Commerce Park Commission and receipt of proper permits from the Township Community Development Department.
User shall not engage in a commercial activity at the Airport without an operating agreement from the Manager.
User shall not schedule air meets, aerial demonstrations, banner towing, or other special activities to be held at the Airport unless prior permission is obtained from the Manager.
The International Building Code (IBC 2003) and the International Fire Code (IFC 2003) and all National Fire Protection Associations NFPA Codes, Standards and Guides currently adopted by Grosse Ile Township mandates that the primary use of all Hangars and T-hangars shall be storage of aircraft and aircraft related parts, supplies and appropriate tools. Aircraft hangars and T-hangars are classified as (IBC) S-2 structures.
Additional motorized items stored in a T-hangar shall be limited to a maximum of one automobile and one boat (or any combination not exceeding two). Storage of fishing boats, personal watercraft, and motorcycles is allowed, provided that the stored items are in a “winterized condition” (the battery has been removed and the permanently installed fuel tanks are full). Storage of one of these recreational items counts against the two allowed vehicle or boat limit. Storage of one recreational camper is permitted, but cannot exceed the maximum of two of any combination. Camper shall not be plugged into any electrical outlet and shall not be used for any purpose while being stored in a T-hanger.
Portable fuel tanks for boats or personal watercraft must be completely empty.
Except as identified above, no other non-aircraft (i.e. personal, household or commercial) items may be stored in a T-hangar unless approved by the airport manager. If no plane is housed in the T-hangar, storage of above items will not be allowed.
Items stored in addition to the aircraft shall be placed such that movement within the hangar is not restricted. Passageways and access paths for hangar or aircraft use and egress shall not be restricted or encumbered.
Parking of tenant vehicle in the hangar is permitted while the aircraft is removed for flight.
Storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids shall meet the following requirements:
A. A maximum of 2.5 gallons of gasoline may be stored in an Underwriter Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approved Type I safety container when needed to operate the following:
· Gasoline powered tug or tractor.
· Gasoline powered towing device.
· Snow blower.
B. Up to forty-eight (48) unopened quart containers of aviation oil may be stored.
Storage of waste oil/hydraulic fluids is prohibited. Oils and lubricating materials shall be disposed of in the designated waste oil disposal tank. Waste oil, used oil filters, used fuel filters, cleaning liquids, oily rags and other used fluids and flammables shall not be stored overnight. Such items and materials shall promptly be removed from the hangar for proper disposal as Hazardous Material.
Spray painting inside of a T-hangar is prohibited. The use of flammable cleaners is prohibited inside the hangars. No paint thinners, solvents, or other flammable liquids may be stored in a hangar unless in an approved flammable liquid safety cabinet.
Smoking is not permitted in any hangar. Open flames, flame-producing devices and other sources of ignition shall not be permitted in hangars.
Exception: Approved propane-fired engine heaters may be used only when the main hangar door is in a fully open position. Propane may not be stored in hangar.
No open-flame space heating devices may be stored or used in a hangar (i.e. kerosene turbo space heaters and propane fueled space heaters).
Approved electrical devices for heating aircraft engines (i.e. engine block heaters) may be left operational in a hangar when not attended as long as the device is directly connected to one approved grounded extension cord directly connected to wall outlet provided. Power strips and multi-tap outlets are not permitted. Use of electrical heat tape for engine pre-heating is not permitted.
Storage and use of UL or FM approved electrical extension cords is permitted provided the cord is disconnected and stored when the tenant is not present; however, use of an electrical extension cord for an operating pre-heater or battery charger is permitted. The extension cord shall be disconnected and stored when the pre-heater or battery charger is not operating. Electrical devices requiring more than a maximum of 15 amps shall not be plugged into electrical receptacles. Service cords shall match requirements. No extension cords may be fastened or routed through hangars walls or framing. Temporary wiring is prohibited.
Use of light bulbs for heating aircraft interiors is prohibited.
The use of electrical space heaters for heating aircraft interiors shall meet the following requirements:
Aircraft maintenance is permitted in the hangar provided the area is kept neat, orderly and clean.
An operational refrigerator may be maintained in a hangar for the tenant’s convenience, if it is connected to a wall outlet. No extension cords allowed in conjunction with refrigerator.
No wooden lofts or permanent wooden shelving are allowed in a hangar. Furniture to be used for a lounge area will be permitted only if inspected and approved by the Fire Department.
The aircraft operating area (AOA) and related areas shall be kept free from combustible debris at all times.
All buildings are subject to regular and/or unannounced inspection by the Grosse Ile Fire Marshall (or his designee) for Fire Code Compliance with the Michigan Fire Prevention Code PA 207, as amended, the International Fire Code section 104, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 Standard for Aircraft Hangars (NFPA) 407 Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing and (NFPA) 410 Standard on Aircraft Maintenance. Except for emergencies, Fire Department inspector shall be accompanied by the Airport Manger (or his designee).
All aeronautical activities at the Airport and all flight operations in the airspace above the Airport shall be conducted in conformity with the current applicable rules and regulations of the FAA, the MAC, and the Township.
The Airport cleaning area is available on a first come first served basis. Cleaning materials shall be biodegradable and nontoxic. Violators of this provision shall be financially responsible for cleanup of the storm water system. User clean up of the area and disposal of all materials and debris must be complete and thorough.
SECTION 300.7 – SPECIAL EVENTS
The Township may schedule special events on the airport property. Pilots are reminded of their responsibility to monitor AWOS and observe any restrictions that these activities may impose.
The procedures outlined in this chapter are recommendations that shall be followed in every case except emergency conditions.
Aircraft entering the traffic pattern shall exercise caution and courtesy so as not to cause aircraft already in the pattern to deviate from their course. Pattern altitude for all runways is 1600 ft. MSL.
Pilots of rotary wing aircraft may follow fixed wing traffic pattern procedures or use traffic pattern procedures specific for rotary wing aircraft.
Rotary wing patterns have been established to contribute to safe operating procedures while mixing with fixed wing and ultralight aircraft. All routes are based on weather permitting.
A. Route 1. Approach and departure shall be made to and from the center of the Airport, passing overhead of Celeron Island and Horse Island at a minimum of 1,500 feet MSL.
B. Route 2. Approach and departure shall be made to and from the center of the Airport, passing west of Meridian Elementary School at a minimum of 1,500 feet MSL and on a heading of approximately 3550.
C. Route 3. Approach and departure shall be made to and from the center of the Airport passing overhead of Stoney Island and the shoreline north of Elba Island at a minimum of 1,500 feet MSL.
Ultralight patterns have been established to contribute to the safe operating procedures while mixing with fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. All routes are based on weather permitting.
Ultra-light operators shall conduct operations in the area described in FIGURE 3. Entry / Exit shall be conducted through and below the Base and Crosswind legs of fixed and rotary wing aircraft in the pattern,
C. Arrivals and departures shall be to the north of the Airport following Meridian Road at a height of no more than 200 feet AGL while south of Meridian Elementary School.
D. Ultralight traffic shall avoid low altitude flight over hangars and residential areas.
E. Powered parachutes and powered para-gliders shall not use or fly over runways.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ULTRALIGHT FLIGHT
A. Any aircraft, (including ultralight aircraft) that are utilizing runways or the traffic
pattern at Grosse Ile Municipal airport shall be required to have and utilize a two-way radio that meets FAA standards for two-way communication on common aviation frequencies. Exception by prior request to the Airport Manger.
B. Pilots of aircraft arriving, departing or operating in vicinity of the airport and equipped with two-way radios shall maintain communications with other aircraft by monitoring and reporting on the Airport CTAF (123.0).
C. Pilots operating aircraft in conflict with the runway in use shall declare their intent on the CTAF (123.0) and maintain two-way radio communications with other aircraft in vicinity of the Airport.
Noise abatement is an important responsibility of Airport users. Noise abatement is achieved through predetermined flight patterns as outlined in FIGURE 1, FIGURE 2 and FIGURE 3 and techniques described in this chapter. Although noise intensity is reduced by the prescribed flight patterns, maximum use of over-water flight and procedures will reduce the noise heard by residents.
Rotary wing pilots shall climb within airport boundaries before crossing populated areas and to continue climb until the aircraft has attained an altitude of at least 1,500 feet MSL.
SECTION 500.5 – ULTRALIGHT PROCEDURES
Ultra vehicle flight shall not pass over residences adjacent to the airport or fly along the airport property boundaries.
All fueling and defueling operations shall conform to the provisions of NFPA 407 Standards for Aircraft Fueling Servicing, NFPA 410 Standard on Aircraft Maintenance and the following:
A. During the fueling of any aircraft:
1. Aircraft shall not be fueled while in a hangar or enclosed space.
2. Aircraft fueling shall begin only after the grounding cable has been connected between the aircraft and the fuel dispensing system.
3. Fueling shall cease if the grounding cable becomes disconnected.
4. User shall ensure there is no smoking within fifty feet of fueling.
5. User shall not operate any radio (including cell phone) or operate any electrical appliance in or near aircraft being fueled.
6. User shall not use any material or equipment that is likely to cause a spark or ignition.
7. User engaged in fueling shall have a suitable fire extinguisher available.
8. Unless authorized by the FAA, an aircraft engine shall not be started, running, or warmed by application of exterior heat during fueling.
9. Unless authorized by the FAA, persons shall not be in an aircraft while it is being fueled.
B. During the defueling of any aircraft, ALL above safety restrictions apply, including:
1. Prior to defueling an aircraft, the User shall inform the Airport Manager and the Grosse Ile Fire Department.
2. User shall provide the time, location, and estimated amount to be defueled.
non-movement area consists of the parking areas, loading ramps, and maintenance
area. The majority of vehicle operations on the AOA occur in this area
and most drivers on the AOA are authorized to operate only in the non-movement
area. Generally, Users in this area include hangar tenants, tie down
tenants, passengers, mechanics, flight instructors, student pilots, invited
guests, and visitors.
The movement area consists of the taxiways and runways. Vehicle operators approved to be in this area shall make themselves familiar with the procedures and information outlined in Chapter 700. Police, Fire and Airport Personnel vehicles are exempt from seeking approval for each incident. Other Users shall obtain a one-time approval from the manager for each incident of driving in the movement area.
SECTION 800 – RESERVED FOR FUTURE HOMELAND SECURITY REQUIREMENTS