Goto Section: 87.213 | 87.217 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 87.215 Supplemental eligibility.
(a) A unicom and any associated dispatch or control points must be
located on the airport to be served.
(b) Only one unicom will be authorized to operate at an airport which
does not have a control tower, RCO or FAA flight service station that
operates on the published common traffic advisory frequency. At any
other airport, the one unicom limitation does not apply, and the
airport operator and all aviation services organizations may be
licensed to operate a unicom on the assigned frequency.
(c) At an airport where only one unicom may be licensed, eligibility
for new unicom licenses is restricted to State or local government
entities, and to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that are
authorized to apply for the license by a State or local government
entity whose primary mission is the provision of public safety
services. All applications submitted by NGOs must be accompanied by a
new, written certification of support (for the NGO applicant to operate
the applied for station) by the state or local government entity.
Applications for a unicom license at the same airport, where only one
unicom may be licensed, that are filed by two or more applicants
meeting these eligibility criteria must be resolved through settlement
or technical amendment.
(d) At an airport where only one unicom may be licensed, the license
may be assigned or transferred only to an entity meeting the
requirements of paragraph (c) of this section.
(e) An applicant for renewal of a unicom license shall be granted a
presumptive renewal expectancy regardless of whether the applicant is
eligible for a new unicom license under paragraph (c) of this section.
Unless the renewal expectancy is defeated, applications that are
mutually exclusive with the renewal application will not be accepted.
The renewal expectancy may be defeated only upon a determination,
following a hearing duly designated on the basis of a petition to deny
or on the Commission's own motion, that the renewal applicant has not
provided substantial service. For purposes of this paragraph,
substantial service means service which is sound, favorable, and
substantially above a level of mediocre service during the applicant's
past license term. If the renewal expectancy is defeated, the renewal
application will be dismissed unless the renewal applicant is eligible
for a new unicom license pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.
(f) At an airport where only one unicom may be licensed, when the
Commission believes that the unicom has been abandoned or has ceased
operation, another unicom may be licensed on an interim basis pending
final determination of the status of the original unicom. An applicant
for an interim license must notify the present licensee and must comply
with the notice requirements of paragraph (g) of this section.
(g) An applicant for a unicom license, renewal or modification of
frequency assignment at an airport which does not have a control tower,
RCO or FAA flight service station must notify in writing the owner of
the airport and all aviation service organizations located at the
airport. The notice must include the applicant's name and address, the
name of the airport and a statement that the applicant intends to file
an application with the Commission for a unicom. The notice must be
given within the ten days preceding the filing of the application with
the Commission. Each applicant must certify upon application that
either notice has been given and include the date of notification, or
notice is not required because the applicant owns the airport and there
are no organizations that should be notified.
[ 53 FR 28940 , Aug. 1, 1988, as amended at 55 FR 30464 , July 26, 1990;
63 FR 68957 , Dec. 14, 1998; 69 FR 32885 , June 14, 2004; 76 FR 17352 ,
Mar. 29, 2011]
Goto Section: 87.213 | 87.217
Goto Year: 2020 |
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