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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Administrative branch,   pp. [371]-[548] PDF (54.0 MB)

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government regarding all federal laws providing for a national
airport system and to make recommendations to the Governor and
the Legislature on such measures as will best enable the state to
derive maximum benefits from such legislation.
  Functions. For the purpose of administration, the functions of
the commission are divided into 7 classifications:
   1. Airport Development. Encourages the development of an
     adequate system of publicly owned airports in Wisconsin.
     The commission has established a state airport system plan
     deemed adequate to meet the anticipated aeronautical needs
     of the state, which includes at least one airport in each
     county and all the airports in the national airport plan.
     a. Exercises control over airport development projects by
        means of findings issued as the result of petitions for air-
        port aids filed by project sponsors.
     b. With the approval of the Governor, controls the alloca-
        tions of all state and federal airport aids in Wisconsin.
     c. Handles all dealings with the federal government for
        federal aid for individual airport projects.
     d. Through agency agreements with public airport sponsors,
        as required by law, has jurisdiction over individual proj-
        ect finances (local, state, and federal) and has the au-
        thority to spend such funds for authorized developments.
     e. By agreement with the project sponsors, assumes respon-
        sibility for project planning, design, and supervision of
        construction for all work involving state and federal aid,
        with the exception of Milwaukee County, which handles
        its own with the approval of the commission.
  2. Airport Operation and M1anagement. Conducts studies and
     investigations with respect to the most effective methods for
     the development and operation of airports; assists public
     airport owners with airport operation and management prob-
     lems and makes annual inspections of public airports in the
     state to determine the level of airport maintenance; and
     makes reports of its findings to the airport owners, the com-
     mission, and the federal government.
  3. Aviation Education. Renders technical assistance on matters
     involving aviation education to educational institutions in the
     state; publishes various aviation educational materials and
     disseminates information on this subject; in the capacity of
     consultant and advisor, works closely with all of the various
     state educational departments and boards; and supervises
     veterans flight training schools in the state at the request
     of the Governor's Educational Advisory Committee.
  4. Aircraft Registration. All aircraft customarily kept in the
     state are annually registered with the commission; and pay
     a fee, in lieu of a general property tax, established according
     to the weight and age of the aircraft.

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