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Flight schools are operated as individual businesses on the airport. Typically, the student rents the training aircraft and hires the certified Flight Instructor as a package. The Private Pilot license first requires training 40 hours total time - 20 hours with an instructor (dual), 20 hours without (solo), with ground training also required. Ultimately, in order to obtain a license, the prospective pilot must pass a test administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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The airport is located 4 miles northeast of Paso Robles. From highway 101, go 3 miles east on Highway 46. Turn left on Airport Road. Go north 2 miles. The Airport is on the right.
Long-term parking is available in the south terminal parking lot. Vehicles left over 10 days in any calendar month are charged $20 for the month.
There is no scheduled commercial airline service at Paso Robles; there are charter services available.
There are over 130 individual aircraft storage hangars on the airport. Each one is individually owned. There is no established waiting list or central office to control the rentals. Hangars that are for rent or for sale are usually advertised by means of a sign on the front door of the hangar and a card on the bulletin boards in the Terminal and the FBO Fueling Office. There are typically 3 or 4 hangars available for rent at any given time.
The rental rates run from:
There is land available for lease-both aviation and industrial developments, Airport property is not sold. The process begins with a written Letter of Intent to the City. Once the proposal is "first-in-line" for a parcel, the proposal process continues with a Development Application, a Development Plan, and the negotiation process for a long-term lease. A standard lease may be 20 years, possibly with options to renew. Rental rates are based on the fee simple appraised value of the land with annual escalations coupled to CPI. View the Lease page for more information.
An Aviation Easement (PDF) is a legal document granted by the property owner, signifying that notification was given regarding the airport in the vicinity, that the airport produces noise and annoyances and that it is accepted. The easement is recorded with the County Clerk-Recorder and is attached to a property deed. The easement provides protected airspace and aircraft operating areas above the subject property.
The City general plan and zoning map (PDF) provide for building allowances within city limits. The Airport Land Use Plan identifies compatible land uses for all areas within the immediate vicinity of the airport including those outside City limits. It outlines the requirements for construction, the allowable densities for building and people in specific areas, and the types of uses that are compatible with airport operations, noise and safety concerns.
Typically, any aircraft that is maneuvering, or perceived to be maneuvering, in an unnatural or not an ordinary manner is believed to be unsafe. This raises concerns from persons on the ground. In reality, most aircraft operation is quite safe and legal. Airplanes are required to maintain 500 feet of distance - either above or horizontally from any persons or structures in sparsely population areas. In densely populated areas, the required distance is 1,000 feet. Helicopters are allowed to operate with less clearance.
It is rare that the noise generated from one aircraft overflight would exceed the legal noise limits for an area; however, accumulated overflight noise may become an annoyance. In these cases, the Airport may be notified and an attempt will be made to identify the aircraft.