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Airport Licensing Waivers

A waiver can be issued for conditions not in compliance with criteria listed in Chapter 471 Pennsylvania Regulations Pertaining to Aviation, so long as control measures are put in place or said conditions are deemed to not cause undue hazard to persons or property.
Waivers may be temporary or permanent depending on the situation and circumstances.

Waiver of criteria or requirements will be in accordance with the following procedures:

    1. Requests for waivers must be in writing.
    2. A sponsor shall request a waiver using the AV-21 Form (PDF).
    3. A separate request must be submitted for each item for which a waiver is requested.
    4. Bureau staff will review each request and provide a recommendation within 30 calendar days of receipt.
    5. If the department recommends a waiver be denied, the waiver will be sent to the Waiver Advisory Board (Ch. 471.3(d) - Airport Licensing) which will provide a recommendation for disposition to the department within 75 calendar days.
    6. Any denial of a waiver is subject to the appeal process described in Chapter 471.9 - Appeal.

Waiver Advisory Board

  • The Waiver Advisory Board shall consist of five members appointed by the Secretary of Transportation.
  • Each Advisory Board member shall be either a Certified Pilot, an accredited Airport Executive, a licensed professional engineer with experience in airport planning and design, or otherwise be an individual with a substantial aviation background.

Neither the department nor the Waiver Advisory Board has the authority to grant any waiver of local zoning or other municipal requirements.

Requested & Approved Waivers

Date Airport Description Link (PDF)
​07/07/2017 ​Rostraver Airport ​Trees located within the transitional surface AV-21
​06/05/2017 ​Flying Dollar Airport For developing home property within transitional surface AV-21
​06/03/2016 ​Allegheny General Hospital Request to use amber instead of green perimeter lights AV-21
11/13/2015 ​Kolb Airport ​Request to waive runway width requirements AV-21
10/19/2015 ​Ebensburg Airport ​Trees in Runway 07 transitional approach AV-21
10/19/2015 ​Ebensburg Airport ​Trees in Runway 25 transitional approach ​AV-21
10/19/2015 ​Ebensburg Airport ​Light poles penetrating the approach slope of Runway 25 ​AV-21
10/08/2015 ​Finleyville Airport ​Request to waive the required displaced threshold AV-21 
08/26/2015 ​Lancaster General Hospital Heliport ​Request for temporary landing pad with single In/Out approach AV-21
08/26/2015 Sugan Pond Heliport ​Request to waive requirement for two (2) approach and departure paths. AV-21 
08/24/2015 ​Pax-Terra Caelum Airport ​Request to waive requirement for 100 foot wide runway AV-21 
07/09/2015 ​Inter-County Airport ​Runway Edge Markers 300' Apart AV-21
07/01/2015 Butler Farm Show Airport Light pole that penetrate the 7:1 transitional surface AV-21
02/10/2015 Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Allow the use of existing amber lighting on the south helipad AV-21
12/10/2014 Phoenixville Hospital Heliport Maintain current amber lights for defining perimeter of TLOF instead of converting to FAA recommended green lighting AV-21
12/04/2014 Altemose Ultralight Airport Close Runway 16 due to obstructions AV-21
10/16/2014 Hideaway Ultralight Airport Request #2014-0901 for exception to required runway width AV-21
07/25/2014 Bedford County Airport Tree obstructions penetrating the approach surfaces AV-21

Baublitz Airport

Six structures consisting of 4 hangers and 2 trailers located on the northeast end of the airport that are located inside the transitional airspace AV-21
10/02/2013 Baublitz Airport An above ground, 4,000 gallon fuel farm located on the northeast end of Runway 28 that is located inside the transitional airspace AV-21
10/02/2013 Baublitz Airport Hanger building located on the northwest end of the airport at the end of Runway 10 that is located inside the transitional airspace AV-21
10/02/2013 Baublitz Airport Three power poles inside the transitional airspace AV-21
09/29/2013 Market Garden Airport 75' wide runway AV-21
06/26/2013 Grove City Medical Center Heliport Hospital building 42.5 south of heliport extends into part of the 12' safety area AV-21
08/24/2012 Lazy B Ranch Airport Utility pole southwest of Runway 5 AV-21
08/24/2012 Lazy B Ranch Airport Tree located in transitional airspace of runway AV-21
07/25/2012 McMillin Landing Strip Runway below standard width AV-21