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AVIATION

Last update: 2013-11-01


  • Aircraft: Title; Registration; Liens
  • Regulation Of Aircraft, Pilots, And Airports
  • Aviation And Aerospace Facilities And Commerce
    • Airports And Air Commerce (ss. 331.10-331.22)
    • Space Florida (ss. 331.301-331.370)
    • Spaceflight (s. 331.501)
  • Airports And Other Air Navigation Facilities
  • Airport Zoning
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Chapter 329

AIRCRAFT: TITLE; REGISTRATION; LIENS

329.01 - Recording instruments affecting civil aircraft

No instrument which affects the title to or interest in any civil aircraft of the United States, or any portion thereof, is valid in respect to such aircraft, or portion thereof, against any person, other than the person by whom the instrument is made or given, the person’s heirs or devisee, and any person having actual notice thereof, until such instrument is recorded in the office of the Federal Aviation Administrator of the United States, or such other office as is designated by the laws of the United States as the one in which such instruments should be filed. Every such instrument so recorded in such office is valid as to all persons without further recordation in any office of this state. Any instrument required to be recorded by the provisions of this section takes effect from the date of its recordation and not from the date of its execution.


History.- s. 1, ch. 22673, 1945; s. 1, ch. 84-259; s. 470, ch. 95-148.

329.10 - Aircraft registration

  • (1) It is unlawful for any person in this state to knowingly have in his or her possession an aircraft that is not registered in accordance with the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration contained in Title 14, chapter 1, parts 47-49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • (2) Any aircraft in or operated in this state that is found to be registered to a nonexistent person, firm, or corporation or to a firm, business, or corporation which is no longer a legal entity is in violation of this section. Any firm, business, or corporation that has no physical location or corporate officers or that has lapsed into an inactive state or been dissolved by order of the Secretary of State for a period of at least 90 days with no documented attempt to reinstate the firm, business, or corporation or to register its aircraft in the name of a real person or legal entity in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations is in violation of this section.

  • (3) A person who knowingly supplies false information to a governmental entity in regard to the name, address, business name, or business address of the owner of an aircraft in or operated in the state is in violation of this section.

  • (4) It is a violation of this section for any person or corporate entity to knowingly supply false information to any governmental entity in regard to ownership by it or another firm, business, or corporation of an aircraft in or operated in this state if it is determined that such corporate entity or other firm, business, or corporation:

    • (a) Is not, or has never been, a legal entity in this state;

    • (b) Is not, or has never been, a legal entity in any other state; or

    • (c) Has lapsed into a state of no longer being a legal entity in this state as defined in chapter 607 or s. 865.09, and no documented attempt has been made to correct such information with the governmental entity for a period of 90 days after the date on which such lapse took effect with the Secretary of State.

  • (5) This section does not apply to any aircraft registration or information supplied by a governmental entity in the course and scope of performing its lawful duties.

  • (6)(a) A violation of this section shall be deemed a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

    • (b) Any violation of this section shall constitute the aircraft to which it relates as contraband, and said aircraft may be seized as contraband by a law enforcement agency and shall be subject to forfeiture pursuant to ss. 932.701-932.704.

History.- s. 5, ch. 83-272; s. 2, ch. 84-259; s. 21, ch. 87-243; s. 471, ch. 95-148.

329.11 - Aircraft identification numbers; penalties

  • (1)(a) It is unlawful for any person, firm, association, or corporation to knowingly buy, sell, offer for sale, receive, dispose of, conceal, or have in his or her possession, or to endeavor to buy, sell, offer for sale, receive, dispose of, conceal, or possess, any aircraft or part thereof on which the assigned identification numbers do not meet the requirements of the federal aviation regulations.

    • (b) If any of the identification numbers required by this subsection have been knowingly omitted, altered, removed, destroyed, covered, or defaced, or the real identity of the aircraft cannot be determined due to an intentional act of the owner or possessor, the aircraft may be seized as contraband property by a law enforcement agency and shall be subject to forfeiture pursuant to ss. 932.701-932.704. Such aircraft may not be knowingly sold or operated from any airport, landing field, or other property or body of water where aircraft may land or take off in this state unless the Federal Aviation Administration has issued the aircraft a replacement identification number which shall thereafter be used for identification purposes.

    • (c) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly possess, manufacture, sell or exchange, offer to sell or exchange, supply in blank, or give away any counterfeit manufacturer’s aircraft identification number plate or decal used for the purpose of identification of any aircraft; to authorize, direct, aid in exchange, or give away such counterfeit manufacturer’s aircraft identification number plate or decal; or to conspire to do any of the foregoing.

    • (d) Any person who violates any provision of this subsection is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

  • (2) The failure to have aircraft identification numbers clearly displayed on the aircraft and in compliance with federal aviation regulations is probable cause for any law enforcement officer in this state to make further inspection of the aircraft in question to ascertain its true identity. A law enforcement officer is authorized to inspect an aircraft for identification numbers:

    • (a) When it is located on public property; or

    • (b) Upon consent of the owner of the private property on which the aircraft is stored.

History.- s. 3, ch. 83-272; s. 23, ch. 87-243; s. 33, ch. 91-221; s. 472, ch. 95-148.

329.40 - Airport facilities; lien for landing and other fees

  • (1) The governing body of a publicly owned and operated airport has a lien upon all aircraft landing upon any airport owned and operated by it for all fees and charges for the use of the facilities of such airport by any aircraft when payment of such charges and fees is not made immediately upon demand to the operator or owner of the aircraft by an authorized employee of the airport. The lien for the full amount of the charges and fees due attaches to any aircraft, at the airport, which is owned or operated by the person owing such charges and fees. Such lien may be enforced as provided by law for the enforcement of warehousemen’s liens.

  • (2) A person may not remove or attempt to remove from the airport any aircraft owned or operated by the person owing such charges or fees after service of notice of the lien upon the owner or operator or after the posting of such notice upon the aircraft. Any person who unlawfully removes or attempts to remove from the airport any aircraft owned or operated by a person owing such charges or fees after service or posting of the notice of lien and before payment of the amount due to the airport is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

History.- s. 1, ch. 83-272; s. 1, ch. 87-324.

329.41 - Lien for fuel furnished to aircraft

A person who has furnished fuel to an aircraft has a lien upon the aircraft for any unpaid fuel charges. The lien is enforceable in the same manner as provided in s. 329.51.


History.- s. 1, ch. 93-73.

329.51 - Liens for labor, services, fuel, or material expended upon aircraft; notice

Any lien claimed on an aircraft under s. 329.41 or s. 713.58 is enforceable when the lienor records a verified lien notice with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the aircraft was located at the time the labor, services, fuel, or material was last furnished. The lienor must record such lien notice within 90 days after the time the labor, services, fuel, or material was last furnished. The notice must state the name of the lienor; the name of the owner; a description of the aircraft upon which the lienor has expended labor, services, fuel, or material; the amount for which the lien is claimed; and the date the expenditure was completed. This section does not affect the priority of competing interests in any aircraft or the lienor’s obligation to record the lien under s. 329.01.


History.- s. 2, ch. 83-272; s. 3, ch. 84-259; s. 2, ch. 93-73; s. 473, ch. 95-148.

Chapter 330

REGULATION OF AIRCRAFT, PILOTS, AND AIRPORTS

330.04 - Possession of pilot’s license; inspection on demand

The pilot’s license required shall be kept in the personal possession of the licensee when he or she is operating aircraft within this state, and must be presented for inspection upon the demand of any passenger, any peace officer of this state, or any official, manager, or person in charge of any airport or landing field in this state upon which the licensee shall land.


History.- s. 4, ch. 14642, 1931; CGL 1936 Supp. 4109(4); s. 474, ch. 95-148.

330.27 - Definitions, when used in ss. 330.29-330.36, 330.38, 330.39

  • (1) “Aircraft” means a powered or unpowered machine or device capable of atmospheric flight, except a parachute or other such device used primarily as safety equipment.

  • (2) “Airport” means an area of land or water used for, or intended to be used for, landing and takeoff of aircraft, including appurtenant areas, buildings, facilities, or rights-of-way necessary to facilitate such use or intended use.

  • (3) “Department” means the Department of Transportation.

  • (4) “Limited airport” means any airport limited exclusively to the specific conditions stated on the site approval order or license.

  • (5) “Private airport” means an airport, publicly or privately owned, which is not open or available for use by the public, but may be made available to others by invitation of the owner or manager.

  • (6) “Public airport” means an airport, publicly or privately owned, which is open for use by the public.

  • (7) “Temporary airport” means any airport that will be used for a period of less than 30 days with no more than 10 operations per day.

  • (8) “Ultralight aircraft” means any aircraft meeting the criteria established by part 103 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

History.- s. 1, ch. 24046, 1947; s. 24, ch. 57-1; s. 2, ch. 65-178; ss. 23, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 103, ch. 71-377; s. 2, ch. 73-326; s. 1, ch. 75-16; s. 1, ch. 77-273; s. 1, ch. 84-205; s. 12, ch. 95-146; s. 475, ch. 95-148; s. 22, ch. 2003-286.

330.29 - Administration and enforcement; rules; requirements for airport sites and airports

It is the duty of the department to:
  • (1) Administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

  • (2) Establish requirements for airport site approval, licensure, and registration.

  • (3) Establish and maintain a state aviation facility data system to facilitate licensing and registration of all airports.

  • (4) Adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter.

History.- s. 3, ch. 24046, 1947; s. 11, ch. 25035, 1949; s. 2, ch. 65-178; ss. 10, 23, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 56, ch. 78-95; s. 2, ch. 84-205; s. 68, ch. 98-200; s. 23, ch. 2003-286.

330.30 - Approval of airport sites; registration and licensure of airports

  • (1) SITE APPROVALS; REQUIREMENTS, EFFECTIVE PERIOD, REVOCATION.-

    • (a) Except as provided in subsection (3), the owner or lessee of any proposed airport shall, prior to site acquisition or construction or establishment of the proposed airport, obtain approval of the airport site from the department. Applications for approval of a site shall be made in a form and manner prescribed by the department. The department shall grant the site approval if it is satisfied:

      • 1. That the site has adequate area allocated for the airport as proposed.

      • 2. That the proposed airport will conform to licensing or registration requirements and will comply with the applicable local government land development regulations or zoning requirements.

      • 3. That all affected airports, local governments, and property owners have been notified and any comments submitted by them have been given adequate consideration.

      • 4. That safe air-traffic patterns can be established for the proposed airport with all existing airports and approved airport sites in its vicinity.

    • (b) Site approval shall be granted for public airports only after a favorable department inspection of the proposed site.

    • (c) Site approval shall be granted for private airports only after receipt of documentation in a form and manner the department deems necessary to satisfy the conditions in paragraph (a).

    • (d) Site approval may be granted subject to any reasonable conditions the department deems necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.

    • (e) Approval shall remain valid for 2 years after the date of issue, unless revoked by the department or a public airport license is issued or private airport registration completed pursuant to subsection (2) prior to the expiration date.

    • (f) The department may extend a site approval for subsequent periods of 2 years per extension for good cause.

    • (g) The department may revoke a site approval if it determines:

      • 1. That the site has been abandoned as an airport site;

      • 2. That the site has not been developed as an airport within a reasonable time period or development does not comply with the conditions of the site approval;

      • 3. That, except as required for in-flight emergencies, aircraft have operated on the site; or

      • 4. That the site is no longer usable for aviation purposes due to physical or legal changes in conditions that were the subject of the approval granted.

  • (2) LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS; REQUIREMENTS, RENEWAL, REVOCATION.-

    • (a) Except as provided in subsection (3), the owner or lessee of any airport in this state shall have either a public airport license or private airport registration prior to the operation of aircraft to or from the facility. Application for a license or registration shall be made in a form and manner prescribed by the department. Upon granting site approval:

      • 1. For a public airport, the department shall issue a license after a final airport inspection finds the facility to be in compliance with all requirements for the license. The license may be subject to any reasonable conditions that the department may deem necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.

      • 2. For a private airport, the department shall provide controlled electronic access to the state aviation facility data system to permit the applicant to complete the registration process. Registration shall be completed upon self-certification by the registrant of operational and configuration data deemed necessary by the department.

    • (b) The department may license a public airport that does not meet standards only if it determines that such exception is justified by unusual circumstances or is in the interest of public convenience and does not endanger the public health, safety, or welfare. Such a license shall bear the designation “special” and shall state the conditions subject to which the license is granted.

    • (c) The department may license a public airport or a private airport may register as a temporary airport provided that the airport will not endanger the public health, safety, or welfare and the airport meets the temporary airport requirements established by the department. A temporary airport license or registration shall be valid for less than 30 days and is not renewable.


    • (d)1. Each public airport license shall expire no later than 1 year after the effective date of the license, except that the expiration date of a license may be adjusted to provide a maximum license period of 18 months to facilitate airport inspections, recognize seasonal airport operations, or improve administrative efficiency.

      • 2. Registration for private airports shall remain valid provided specific elements of airport data, established by the department, are periodically recertified by the airport registrant. The ability to recertify private airport registration data shall be available at all times by electronic submittal. A private airport registration that has not been recertified in the 24-month period following the last certification shall expire, unless the registration period has been adjusted by the department for purposes of informing private airport owners of their registration responsibilities or promoting administrative efficiency. The expiration date of the current registration period will be clearly identifiable from the state aviation facility data system.

      • 3. The effective date and expiration date shall be shown on public airport licenses. Upon receiving an application for renewal of an airport license in a form and manner prescribed by the department and receiving a favorable inspection report indicating compliance with all applicable requirements and conditions, the department shall renew the license, subject to any conditions deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.

      • 4. The department may require a new site approval for any airport if the license or registration has expired.

      • 5. If the renewal application for a public airport license has not been received by the department or no private airport registration recertification has been accomplished within 15 days after the date of expiration, the department may revoke the airport license or registration.

    • (e) The department may revoke, or refuse to allow or issue, any airport registration or recertification, or any license or license renewal, if it determines:

      • 1. That the site has been abandoned as an airport;

      • 2. That the airport does not comply with the conditions of the license, license renewal, or site approval;

      • 3. That the airport has become either unsafe or unusable for flight operation due to physical or legal changes in conditions that were the subject of approval; or

      • 4. That an airport required to file or update a security plan pursuant to paragraph (f) has failed to do so.


    • (f)1. After initial licensure, a license of a publicly or privately owned general aviation airport that is open to the public, that has at least one runway greater than 4,999 feet in length, and that does not host scheduled passenger-carrying commercial service operations regulated under 14 C.F.R. part 139 shall not be renewed or reissued unless an approved security plan has been filed with the department, except when the department determines that the airport is working in good faith toward completion and filing of the plan.

      • 2. Security plans required by this paragraph must be developed in accordance with the 2004 Security Planning for General Aviation Airports guidelines published by the Florida Airports Council. Certain administrative data from the approved security plan shall be submitted to the Department of Law Enforcement, in a format prescribed by the Department of Law Enforcement, for use in protecting critical infrastructure of the state.

      • 3. The department shall not approve a security plan for filing unless it is consistent with Florida Airports Council guidelines.

      • 4. An airport required to file a security plan pursuant to this paragraph shall update its plan at least once every 2 years after the initial filing date and file the updated plan with the department. The department shall review the updated plan prior to approving it for filing to determine whether it is consistent with Florida Airports Council guidelines. No renewal license shall be issued to the airport unless the department approves the updated security plan or determines that the airport is working in good faith to update it.

  • (3) EXEMPTIONS.- The provisions of this section do not apply to:

    • (a) An airport owned or operated by the United States.

    • (b) An ultralight aircraft landing area located more than 5 nautical miles from a public or military airport, except any ultralight landing area with more than 10 ultralight aircraft operating at the site.

    • (c) A helistop used solely in conjunction with a construction project undertaken pursuant to the performance of a state contract if the purpose of the helicopter operations at the site is to expedite construction.

    • (d) A helistop used by mosquito control or emergency services, not to include areas where permanent facilities are installed, such as hospital landing sites.

    • (e) An airport which meets the criteria of s. 330.27(7) used exclusively for aerial application or spraying of crops on a seasonal basis, not to include any licensed airport where permanent crop aerial application or spraying facilities are installed, if the period of operation does not exceed 30 days per calendar year. Such proposed airports, which will be located within 3 miles of existing airports or approved airport sites, shall establish safe air-traffic patterns with such existing airports or approved airport sites, by memorandums of understanding, or by letters of agreement between the parties representing the airports or sites.

    • (f) Any body of water used for the takeoff and landing of aircraft, including any land, building, structure, or any other contrivance that facilitates private use or intended private use.

  • (4) EXCEPTIONS.- Private airports with 10 or more based aircraft may request to be inspected and licensed by the department. Private airports licensed according to this subsection shall be considered private airports as defined in s. 330.27(5) in all other respects.

History.- s. 4, ch. 24046, 1947; s. 1, ch. 61-215; s. 2, ch. 65-178; ss. 23, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; s. 56, ch. 78-95; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 3, 9, 10, ch. 84-205; s. 24, ch. 86-243; s. 14, ch. 87-225; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 19, ch. 94-237; s. 15, ch. 95-257; s. 1, ch. 95-412; s. 1, ch. 98-17; s. 1, ch. 99-256; s. 9, ch. 2002-183; s. 24, ch. 2003-286; s. 1, ch. 2005-145.

330.31 - Federal-state joint hearings, reciprocal services

  • (1) JOINT HEARINGS.- The department is authorized to confer with or to hold joint hearings with any agency of the United States in connection with any matter arising under ss. 330.27-330.36, 330.38, and 330.39 or relating to the safe development of airports.

  • (2) RECIPROCAL SERVICES.- The department is authorized to avail itself of the cooperation, services, records, and facilities of the agencies of the United States as fully as may be practicable in the administration and enforcement of ss. 330.27-330.36, 330.38, and 330.39. The department shall furnish to the agencies of the United States its cooperation, services, records, and facilities, insofar as may be practicable.

History.- s. 5, ch. 24046, 1947; s. 2, ch. 65-178; s. 23, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 4, ch. 84-205.

330.325 - Injunctive relief

The department may institute a civil action for injunctive relief in the appropriate circuit court to prevent the violation of any provision of this chapter.


History.- s. 5, ch. 84-205.

330.33 - Penalties

Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or any of the rules or orders issued pursuant thereto is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.


History.- s. 7, ch. 24046, 1947; s. 230, ch. 71-136; s. 5, ch. 84-205.