§ 1-4-9. Jurisdiction of director.
(a) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the director has supervision over aeronautics within the state, including:
(1) The establishment, location, maintenance, operation, and use of airports, landing fields, air markings, air beacons, and other air navigation facilities; and
(2) The establishment, operation, management, and equipment, of all air schools, flying clubs, and other persons giving air instruction.
(b) All proposed airports, landing fields, and other air navigation facilities, shall be first approved by the director before they are used or operated. A political subdivision or person proposing to establish, alter, activate, or deactivate an airport or landing field shall make application to the chief aeronautics inspector, with a copy to the director, for a certificate of approval of the site selected and the general purpose or purposes for which the airport or landing field is to be established to insure that it shall conform to minimum standards or safety and shall serve public interest. A political subdivision or officer or employee, or any person shall not operate an airport, landing field, or other air navigation facility for which a certificate of approval has not been issued by the director.
(c) The director shall establish by rules and regulations, in accordance with chapter 35 of title 42, guidelines for making application for a certificate of approval, criteria for determining whether to issue a certificate of approval, and fees for processing the applications and each renewal of certificates of approval.
(P.L. 1940, ch. 851, § 11; G.L. 1956, § 1-4-9; P.L. 2000, ch. 371, § 3.)