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Minimum Standard Requirements


The Airport Department is responsible for the management and administration of the Airport which includes operation, maintenance, and capital improvement of aviation buildings and facilities.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) places the responsibility with the Airport operator to ensure that adequate aeronautical services and facilities are available on a fair and reasonable basis to all aviation users.

To encourage the safe and orderly development of the Airport and its operation, the FAA recommends that Minimum Standards for Commercial Aeronautical Activity be developed. Airport minimum standards establish the minimum requirements to be met by an entity as a condition for the privilege to conduct an aeronautical activity or provide a commercial aeronautical service at the Airport.


Minimum Standard Requirements Update

The Santa Barbara Airport staff and Aviation Management Consulting Group (AMCG) are in the process of updating the Minimum Standards for the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (Airport). This document is a component of the Airport’s Primary Management Compliance Documents (PMCDs). PMCDs include Rules and Regulations, Minimum Standards, and the City’s Municipal Code.

PMCDs are a comprised of ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and standards that govern the operation, management, and development of an airport. In combination, PMCDs are designed to: (1) contribute to the long-term financial health of an airport, (2) facilitate (foster) the orderly development of an airport, (3) encourage the provision of quality products, services, and facilities at an airport, (4) protect the health, safety, interest, and general welfare of the public, and (5) reduce the potential for conflict with tenants, consumers, and users.

Minimum Standards set forth the minimum requirements that need to be met (by an entity) as a condition for conducting commercial general aviation aeronautical activities at the Airport. The purpose of minimum standards is to provide a fair and reasonable opportunity to applicants who desire to qualify, or otherwise compete, to engage in authorized commercial aeronautical activities at the Airport.

The draft Minimum Standards are now available for public/stakeholder review. The public comment period is now over. 

Airport staff and AMCG will thoughtfully review and respond in writing to all comments and/or suggested additions, deletions and modifications received. Suggested revisions will be incorporated into the subsequent draft of the Minimum Standards when appropriate. The draft document will then undergo a final review by the City Attorney before being presented to the Airport Commission.