Random Tennessee Law – Heliports

14 September 2012 Categories: All Blogs

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Did you know Tennessee has specific laws on heliports? Check out the laws below.

T.C.A. § 42-8-101.  Chapter definitions. 

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

   (1) “Heliport” means land from which helicopters take off and land. “Heliport” does not include heliports operated by a health care institution as defined in § 68-11-1602 or land on which a helicopter makes a landing required by an emergency. “Heliport” also does not include land that is on private property used for the landing of a privately owned and operated helicopter for private, non-commercial purposes on a limited basis that in no way is ever used by or for commercial helicopter touring as commercial helicopter touring is defined in § 42-1-301; and

(2) “Tourist resort county” means a county having more than five percent (5%) of its territory located within the boundaries of a national park established pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 403.

T.C.A. § 42-8-102.  Certain land not to be used as heliport — Heliports on such land. 

(a) Land in a tourist resort county within nine (9) miles of the boundary of a national park established pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 403 cannot be used as a heliport.

 (b) The department of transportation shall not issue or renew licenses pursuant to chapter 2 of this title for any heliport located on land subject to the prohibition in subsection (a), except that licenses may be renewed for heliports allowed to continue to operate under § 42-8-103.

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