2003 -- S 0717 SUBSTITUTE A
RELATING TO AERONAUTICS
Introduced By: Senator John C. Revens
Date Introduced: February 26, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1-4 of the General Laws entitled "Uniform Aeronautical
Regulatory Act" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
1-4-10.2. Prohibitions. – It shall be unlawful:
(a) For any person to operate or authorize the operation of any civil aircraft which is not
possessed of a valid identification mark assigned by the federal government.
(b) For any resident to own or authorize the operation of any civil aircraft owned by him
or her which does not have a currently effective Rhode Island state registration certificate, and for
which the aircraft operating fee, if required, has not been paid.
(c) For any nonresident to own or authorize the operation of any civil aircraft owned by
him or her and located in Rhode Island for more than ninety (90) days cumulatively during a
registration year, which does not have a currently effective Rhode Island state registration
certificate, and for which the aircraft operating fee, if required, has not been paid.
(d) For any person to own or to operate an aircraft which fails to display the currently
effective registration decal or other identifier as required by regulations adopted under section 1-
4-10 by the director.
(e) For any person to operate or authorize the operation of any civil aircraft in air
commerce within the state which does not have a currently effective airworthiness certificate and
a state registration certificate and having paid the aircraft operating fee, if required.
(f) For any person to operate or permit operation of aircraft on or from any airport for
compensation or hire, unless said area is registered with the department.
(g) For any person to operate or authorize the operation of aircraft in violation of any
other rule or regulation, or in violation of the terms of any certificate, issued under the authority
of this chapter.
(h) For any person to operate or attempt to operate an aircraft on the ground, on the
public waters, or in the air while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or of any controlled
drug which affects a person’s ability to operate an aircraft in a safe manner or while having 4/100
percent or more by weight alcohol in his or her blood.
(i) For any owner or operator of an aircraft having knowledge of an aircraft accident or
aircraft incident to fail to report facts concerning the accident or incident to the department or a
law enforcement officer within seven (7) days of the occurrence of the event, unless incapacitated
by death or injury.
(j) For any person to touch any part of aircraft wreckage at an aircraft accident scene,
except for rescue of persons and/or classified materials, without specific approval of the federal
or state official responsible for the accident scene.
(k) For any person to operate any ground vehicle which is unrelated to aircraft operations
or servicing, or airport operations and maintenance, within the boundaries of any public airport
without the express consent of the airport manager. This subsection does not prohibit the
operation of a ground vehicle upon a road laid out in the airport to provide access to or egress
from the airport.
(l) For any person to make or cause to be made an intentional false light, signal, or report
of an aircraft accident, or missing aircraft, or, in an emergency situation, to use any device or
equipment to initiate or to have others initiate an emergency response by any public or private
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.