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Maryland Manual, 1973-74
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Robert J. Aaronson, Administrator
P.O. Box 8755, Friendship International
Airport, Maryland 21240 Telephone: 768-9520
The State Aviation Administration was created by Chapter 526,
Acts of 1970, as a unit of the Department of Transportation, replac-
ing the State Aviation Commission established by Chapter 318, Acts
of 1939. It is responsible for developing and operating airports and
for fostering and regulating aeronautical activity within the State.
The Administrator is appointed by the Secretary of Transporta-
tion, with the approval of the Governor, and serves at the Secretary's
Under Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1972, the operation of Friendship
International Airport, the State's major air carrier facility, was as-
signed to the State Aviation Administration. As authorized by this
legislation, Friendship International Airport was purchased from
Baltimore City by the State of Maryland on July 26, 1972 for $36
million. The same act abolished the Friendship International Airport
Authority originally created by Chapter 529, Acts of 1970. The Ad-
ministration is carrying out a major improvement and promotional
program for this regional Airport, requiring a total investment of
approximately $50 million by the end of 1976, to meet present and
future air travel needs and to assure its continued and expanded
contribution to the economy of the entire State. Costs of operating
and improving the facility are reimbursed to the State's Department
of Transportation Trust Fund through user charges, space rentals and
concession fees. An updated master plan for the future development
of Friendship International Airport will be completed by 1975.
The State Aviation Administration inspects and licenses commercial
airports, air schools and air school instructors for safe operation,
and registers aircraft and pilots. It fosters safety in aviation through
its publications—the newsletter "Flight Plan," a directory of Mary-
land airports, and a Maryland aeronautical chart—and through edu-
cational seminars for pilots and mechanics.
The Administration provides technical and financial assistance to
airport sponsors and owners in the preparation of master plans and
in improvements to facilities. Standardized runway markings are
applied and maintained at airports throughout the State. A Maryland
Aviation System Plan, to be completed in 1975, is being prepared in
cooperation with the Systems Planning staff in the Office of the
Secretary of Transportation and other State and local agencies (Code
1957, 1968 Repl. Vol., 1972 Supp., Art. IA; 1971 Repl, Vol., Art. 41,




Special Funds .
Federal Funds ..........

- 816,567


Total .............
Staff: 252.

. $8,047,441


Chairman: Vacancy
Richard M. Drake, 1974; Thomas E. Riggin, 1975; Jerome D. Grant,
1976; Leon A. Shavitz, 1976; Marshall M. Meyer, 1977.

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