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1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Purpose and Scope

The purpose of these General Aviation Minimum Standards is to encourage, promote, and ensure (1) the delivery of high quality general aviation products, services, and facilities to Airport users; (2) the design and development of quality general aviation improvements and facilities at Ryan Airfield; (3) safety and security; (4) the economic health of general aviation Airport businesses; and (5) the orderly development of Airport property.

1.2 Applicability

These Minimum Standards specify the standards and requirements that must be met by any entity desiring to engage in one or more general aviation aeronautical activities at the Airport.

Any activities for which there are no specific minimum standards set forth herein shall be subject to such standards and provisions as are developed by TAA on a case-by-case basis and are set forth in such operator's written lease or operating agreement with TAA.

1.3 Grounds for Denial

Any application for lease or operating agreement that does not meet the intent of all qualifications, standards and requirements established by TAA is subject to denial.

1.4 Definitions

Terms used herein, whether or not capitalized, shall be given the same meaning as contained in the definitions set forth in the Rules and Regulations for Ryan Airfield.

2. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

2.1 Introduction

All operators engaging in aeronautical activities at the Airport shall meet or exceed the requirements of this section and of the Rules and Regulations, as well as any minimum standards applicable to the operator's activities, as set forth in subsequent sections.

             2.2 Tenant Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities

All prospective commercial users of Airport property shall meet minimum standards with respect to financial capability and responsibility, management qualifications and experience, general reputation to conduct authorized activities, and such other factors as TAA deems appropriate, including without limitation:

2.2.1 business experience and expertise;

2.2.2 intended use of the premises;

2.2.3 the quality and nature of the business and/or services to be conducted in or from the premises and in any other locations as reflected by, among other things, average sales or revenue; and

2.2.4 the compatibility and suitability of the business of the proposed operator to that of other operators and the Airport; and

2.2.5 good standing with the FAA.

2.3 Financial Standards

As part of TAA's due diligence review for prospective operators or existing operators requesting new leases or operating agreements or extensions or modifications of existing leases or operating agreement, all or part of the following items will be reviewed on a basis consistent with the proposed business and operating risk:

2.3.1 Current audited financial statements - if over six months old, the operator shall provide audited statements and internal stub financials with a certified statement from a corporate officer that there are no material changes in the company's reporting, business operations, debt, etc., and that there are no undisclosed legal matters. If operator has no audited statements (for whatever reason), then operator shall provide three years of un-audited financials. TAA's financial statement review shall include all relevant information, including without limitation:

(a) Satisfactory Asset to Current Liability Ratio.

(b) Cash - TAA shall verify if there are any restrictions.

(c) Verification of receivables if over 50% of current assets.

2.3.2 Confirmation of exact company and corporate structure authorized to do business in Arizona.

2.3.3 If the prospective operator is a new company with an established parent, then an appropriate guaranty (and financial statements) from the parent company shall be required.

2.3.4 Verification of references of similar relationships and business operation as is proposed for TAA.

2.3.5 Verification of credit and financing capabilities.

2.3.6 If an existing operator, any default, payment or otherwise, under existing or prior leases.

2.4 Personnel

2.4.1 Operator shall have in its employ, on duty, and on premises or readily available during hours of activity, properly trained, qualified, and courteous personnel in such numbers as are required to meet these Minimum Standards and to meet the reasonable demands of the aviation public for each activity being conducted in a safe, efficient, courteous, and prompt manner.

2.4.2 Personnel, while on duty, shall be clean, neat, professional in appearance and courteous. Uniforms, if worn, shall identify the name of the operator and the employee and shall be clean, neat, professional, and properly maintained at all times.

2.5 Security

2.5.1 Operators shall designate a responsible person for the coordination of all security procedures and communications and provide point-of-contact information to TAA, including the name of the primary and secondary contacts and 24-hour telephone numbers for both contacts.

2.5.2 Aircraft rental and flight instruction operators must positively identify new students and renter pilots as applicable, per TAA requirements.

2.5.3 Aircraft charter and aircraft management operators and other businesses involved in the dispatching of Aircraft must develop procedures to verify to whom aircraft are dispatched.

2.5.4 All operators must develop positive key control and apron access procedures.

2.6 Insurance

2.6.1 TAA has established insurance requirements for entities authorized to operate at the Airport. These requirements may vary among different types of operators and may be periodically adjusted to ensure that the interests of TAA and other users and operators at the airport are adequately protected. Typically, the following types of insurance are required, as applicable: builder's risk, general liability, automobile liability, property, workers compensation and employer's liability. Continuous proof of proper insurance meeting TAA's minimum policy requirements shall be provided to TAA as a condition of operating at the Airport.

2.6.2 All insurance which operator is required by TAA to carry and keep in force shall name Tucson Airport Authority and the City of Tucson and their directors, officers, officials, members, employees, and agents as additional insureds.

2.6.3 Certificates of insurance for the insurance required by TAA shall be delivered to the TAA upon execution of any agreement or approval. Operator shall furnish additional certificates of insurance 30 days prior to any changes in coverage, if the change results in a reduction.

2.7 Indemnity

Operators will be required, in any lease, use or other agreement, to indemnify TAA and the City of Tucson and their directors, officers, officials, members, employees, and agents for all loss, claim or damage incurred as a result of the operator's use of and operations on the Airport.

3. FIXED BASE OPERATOR

3.1 Definition

A Fixed Base Operator (FBO) is a commercial operator engaged in the sale of products, services, at a minimum, aviation fuels and lubricants; passenger, crew, and aircraft ground services support, and amenities; aircraft maintenance; and facilities to include; tiedown, aircraft parking, and hangar, office, and shop.

3.2 Leased Premises

An FBO shall lease not less than the following square footages:

(a) Contiguous land - 4.0 acres (174,240 square feet) upon which all required improvements, including apron, facilities, and vehicle parking shall be located.

(b) Apron/paved tiedowns - adequate to accommodate the total number of aircraft in the operator's fleet based at the Airport, but not less than 1.5 acres.

(c) Facilities - shall include customer, administrative, maintenance and hangar areas.

(i) Customer/administrative area shall be at least 3,400 square feet to include adequate space for customer lounge, public use telephone, restrooms, office space, and storage.

(ii) Hangar area shall be large enough to accommodate the largest aircraft regularly frequenting the airport, but not less than 20,000 square feet.

(iii) Maintenance area shall include adequate and dedicated space for employee work areas, ship areas, and storage for aircraft parts and equipment, but not less than 1,250 square feet.

3.3 Scope of Activity

3.3.1 FBO's products and services shall include the following:

(a) Jet fuel and avgas

(b) Aircraft lubricants suitable for general aviation aircraft normally frequenting the airport

(c) Passenger, crew, and aircraft ground services, support, and amenities

(i) Aircraft marshalling, towing and removal

(ii) Lavatory services 

(iii) Ground power

(iv) Courtesy transportation (using operator's vehicles)

(v) Ground transportation arrangements (limousine, shuttle, and rental car)

(vi) Aircraft catering arrangements

(vii) Oxygen service

(d) Aircraft Maintenance

(i) FBO shall be able to provide minor aircraft maintenance (i.e., including preventative maintenance as defined in 14 CFR Part 43, Appendix A, but excluding major maintenance associated with 50 hour, 100-hour, annual inspections, major alteration, and major repair) on the airframe, powerplants, and associated systems of general aviation aircraft up to 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight.

(ii) FBO can meet these Minimum Standards for the provision of aircraft maintenance by and through an authorized sublessee who meets the minimum standards for aircraft maintenance operator and operates from the FBO's leased premises.

(iii) FBO shall provide a response time of no more than 15 minutes during required hours of activity (with the exception of situations beyond the control of FBO).

3.4 Fuel Storage and Sales

3.4.1 FBO shall construct or install and maintain an on-airport aboveground fuel storage facility at the Airport in a location consistent with the Airport Master Plan, Airport Layout Plan, or other Land Use Plan approved by TAA. Underground fuel storage is not allowed. 3.4.2 Fueling trucks or other vehicles shall not be used for storage in lieu of the required storage facility. 3.4.3 Fuel storage facility shall have total capacity for three days' peak supply of aviation fuel for aircraft being serviced by FBO. In no event shall the total storage capacity be less than:

(a) 12,000 gallons for jet fuel storage

(b) 12,000 gallons for avgas storage

(c) 250 gallons for waste fuel or test samples (or the capability to recycle waste fuel or test samples);

3.4.4 FBO shall demonstrate that satisfactory arrangements have been made with a reputable aviation petroleum supplier/distributor for the delivery of aviation fuels in the quantities that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth herein.

3.4.5 In lieu of installing and maintaining fuel storage facilities, an FBO may make arrangements with other authorized FBO(s) on the Airport for fuel storage or for purchase of fuel provided that the minimum requirements set forth herein are met.

3.5 Fueling Equipment

3.5.1 FBO shall have the following fueling equipment:

(a) At least one jet fuel refueling vehicle with a capacity of at least 2,000 gallons.

(b) At least one avgas refueling vehicles having a capacity of at least 750 gallons. A fixed avgas refueling (self-fueling) system cannot be substituted for an avgas refueling vehicle.

3.5.2 Any out-of-service fueling vehicle required hereunder shall be repaired or replaced within 24 hours.

3.5.3 Aircraft refueling vehicles shall be equipped with calibrated metering devices. All refueling vehicles dispensing jet fuel shall have over-the-wing and single-point aircraft servicing capability. All refueling vehicles shall be bottom loaded.

3.6 Equipment

FBO shall have the following equipment:

(a) Adequate equipment for recharging or energizing discharged aircraft batteries.

(b) One courtesy vehicle to provide transportation of passengers, crews, and baggage to and from destinations on the Airport and local area hotels and restaurants.

(c) One aircraft tug and tow bar with rated draw bar capacity, or other equipment designed for aircraft movement, sufficient to meet the towing requirement of the heaviest general aviation aircraft that frequent the airport.

(d) Spill control equipment (as outlined in Rules and Regulations)

(e) Adequate number of regularly inspected dry chemical fire extinguisher units shall be maintained within all hangars, on apron areas, at fuel storage facilities, and on all grounding handling and refueling vehicles.

(f) All equipment reasonably necessary for the proper performance of aircraft maintenance in accordance with applicable FAA regulations and manufacturers' recommendations.

3.7 Licenses and Certification

All operator's personnel shall be properly certificated by the FAA, current, and hold the appropriate ratings and medical certification for the work being performed.

3.8 Personnel

3.8.1 FBO shall provide a sufficient number of uniformed personnel to adequately and safely provide aircraft fueling, parking, and ground services, customer service and support.

3.8.2 Each employee with fueling responsibilities shall be trained in a TAA-approved fire safety program and a TAA-approved aviation fueling program.

3.8.3 FBO (or approved sublessee) shall have one uniformed FAA licensed airframe and power plant mechanic properly trained and qualified to perform aircraft maintenance on aircraft normally frequenting the Airport.

3.9 Hours of Activity

3.9.1 Aircraft fueling and passenger, crew, and aircraft ground handling services, support, and amenities shall be continuously offered and available to meet reasonable demands of the public for this activity seven days a week (including holidays) during the hours of tower operation and shall be available after hours, on-call, with a response time not to exceed 60 minutes.

3.9.2 Aircraft maintenance shall be continuously offered and available to meet reasonable demand of the public for this activity five days a week, eight hours a day. Aircraft maintenance shall be available after hours, on-call, with response time not to exceed 60 minutes.

3.10 Aircraft Removal

The FBO shall be prepared to lend assistance within 30 minutes during business hours and within 60 minutes after hours upon request in order to maintain the operational readiness of the Airport. The FBO shall file an aircraft removal plan with TAA which shall be subject to TAA's approval and the FBO shall have the necessary equipment readily available.

4. AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OPERATOR (SASO)

4.1 Definition

4.1.1 An Aircraft Maintenance Operator is a commercial operator engaged in providing aircraft maintenance for aircraft other than those owned, leased, and/or operated by (and under the full and exclusive control of) the operator. This category includes the sale of aircraft parts and accessories.

4.1.2 An Aircraft Maintenance Operator shall be able to provide minor aircraft maintenance (i.e., including preventative maintenance as defined in 14 CFR Part 43, Appendix A, but excluding major maintenance associated with 100-hour, annual inspections, major alteration, and major repair) on the airframe, powerplants, and associated systems of general aviation aircraft up to 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight.

4.2 Leased Premises

An Aircraft Maintenance Operator shall lease not less than the following square footages:
 

Group I Aircraft

Group II Aircraft

Group III Aircraft

Contiguous Land

21,780 SF

35,000 SF

51,000 SF

Customer Area

200 SF

300 SF

300 SF

Administrative Area

200 SF

300 SF

300 SF

Maintenance Area

400 SF

1,250 SF

1,500 SF

Hangar

3500 SF

8,000 SF

15,000 SF

Hangar door height

16 ft. clearance

18 ft. clearance

20 ft. clearance

(a) All required improvements, including apron, facilities, and vehicle parking shall be located on contiguous land and shall be of sufficient size to support operations.

(b) Facilities shall include customer, administrative, maintenance, and hangar areas.

(i) Customer area shall include adequate space for customer lounge, public use telephone, and restrooms.

(ii) Administrative area shall include adequate and dedicated space for employee offices, work areas, and storage.

(iii) Maintenance area shall include adequate and dedicated space for employee work areas, shop areas, and storage for aircraft parts and equipment. Maintenance area must meet all Part 145 facility requirements.

(iv) Hangar area shall be at least large enough to accommodate the largest aircraft undergoing aircraft maintenance (other than preventative aircraft maintenance) but not less than the square footage required for the type of aircraft maintenance being provided (as identified above).

4.3 Licenses and Certification

All operators' personnel shall be properly certificated by the FAA, current, and hold the appropriate ratings and medical certification for the work being performed based on job function.

4.4 Personnel

4.4.1 Operator shall provide a sufficient number of personnel to adequately and safely carry out aircraft maintenance in a courteous, prompt, and efficient manner and meet the reasonable demands of the public for this activity.

4.4.2 Operator shall have one FAA licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic properly trained and qualified to perform aircraft maintenance on aircraft normally frequenting the Airport on duty during hours of operation.

4.4.3 Operator shall have one customer service representative on duty during business hours.

4.4.4 Airframe and power plant mechanics may fulfill the responsibilities of the customer service representative unless mechanic is performing duties off Airport.

4.4.5 Operators providing 100-hour, annual, or progressive inspections shall employ an airframe and powerplant mechanic certified with Inspection Authorization.

4.5 Equipment

4.5.1 Operator shall provide sufficient equipment, supplies, and availability of parts, as required for certification as a repair station.

4.5.2 Equipment requirements include tugs, tow bars, jacks, dollies, and other equipment, supplies, and parts required to perform the activity.

4.6 Hours of Activity

Operator shall be open and services shall be available to meet reasonable demands of the public for this activity, at least five days a week, eight hours a day.

5. AVIONICS OR INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE OPERATOR (SASO)

5.1 DefinitionAn Avionics or Instrument Maintenance Operator is a commercial operator engaged in the business of maintenance or alteration of one or more of the items described in 14 CFR Part 43, Appendix A (i.e., aircraft radios, electrical systems, or instruments).5.2 Leased Premises

5.2.1 An Avionics or Instrument Maintenance Operator shall lease not less than the following square footages.

(a) For operators performing just bench work (i.e., no removal and replacement, installation, in-aircraft troubleshooting, or related services are being performed):

Group I and II and III
Aircraft

Customer Area

300 SF

Administrative Area

300 SF

Maintenance Area

400 SF

(b) Operators performing services beyond bench work (i.e., removal and replacement, installation, in-aircraft troubleshooting, or related services are being performed) shall lease sufficient space and improvements to accommodate all of the proposed operations, but not less than the following:

Customer Area

200 SF

Administrative Area

200 SF

Maintenance Area

300 SF

Hangar

3500 SF

Door Clearance

16 FT

Total SF

4200

(c) All required improvements, including apron, facilities, and vehicle parking shall be located on contiguous land and shall be of sufficient size to support operations.

(d) Facilities shall include customer, administrative, maintenance, and hangar (if required) areas.

(i) Customer area shall include adequate space for customer lounge, public use telephone, and restrooms.

(ii) Administrative area shall include adequate and dedicated space for employee offices, work areas, and storage.

(iii) Maintenance area shall include adequate and dedicated space for employee work areas, shop areas, and storage for aircraft parts and equipment.

(iv) Hangar area (if required) shall be large enough to accommodate the largest aircraft undergoing avionics or instruments, and/or removal and replacement services, but not less than the square footage stipulated for the type of service being provided (as identified above).

5.3 Licenses and Certifications

5.3.1 Operator shall obtain and maintain aircraft maintenance certification under Part 145 for the special maintenance functions being performed.

5.3.2 At least one technician on duty shall be properly certificated by the FAA or FCC, current, and hold the appropriate ratings and medical certification for the work being performed.

5.4 Personnel

5.4.1 Operator shall provide a sufficient number of personnel to adequately and safely carry out activity in a courteous, prompt, and efficient manner adequate to meet the reasonable demands of the public seeking such services.

5.4.2 Operator shall employ one technician and one customer service representative on duty during business hours.

5.4.3 Technician may fulfill the responsibilities of the customer service representative unless technician is performing duties off-Airport.

5.5 Equipment

Operator shall provide sufficient shop space, equipment, supplies, and availability of parts as required for certi