City of Clearwater, Florida

Code of Ordinances
(Text current as of Sept. 9, 2002)



Sec. 4.23. Restrictions on takeoffs and landings.

(1)      Purpose. The purpose of this section is to minimize unwanted noise and sleep interruption in residential areas adjacent to Clearwater Airpark, generated by takeoff and landing operations at Clearwater Airpark after dark, and to provide an additional element of safety in the continued use of the airpark facility.

(2)      Curfew. No aircraft shall be permitted to take off at Clearwater Airpark during the time between one hour after official sunset and 7:00 a.m. the following day and no aircraft shall be permitted to land at Clearwater Airpark during the time between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day. Traffic reporting aircraft only may take off at 6:00 a.m. with the permission of the airport manager.

(3)      Emergency landings and takeoffs:

          (a)      The pilot in command of any aircraft landing or taking off from Clearwater Airpark shall be directly responsible for and is to be the final authority as to the operation of such aircraft while landing or taking off from Clearwater Airpark.

          (b)      In an emergency requiring immediate action in the form of landing or taking off from Clearwater Airpark, the pilot in command of any such aircraft may deviate from subsection (b) of this section to the extent required to meet the emergency.

          (c)      Each pilot in command of an aircraft who deviates from subsection (2) of this section by reason of any emergency shall file a written report in affidavit form with the city manager providing the pilot's identity, his pilot's license number, the number and type of the plane, the name and address of any person with the pilot, and a detailed statement of the facts and conditions supporting the emergency that required a deviation.

(Code 1980, 113.03(a)--(c); Ord. No. 6905-01, 1, 11-1-01)