FAQ n.20028

ADR.16 The EASA Basic Regulation talks in its Art. 4 (3a) about aerodromes “open to public use”. Can you provide a definition about the meaning of this?


The term “public use” is included in Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 as one of the elements for defining which aerodromes shall comply with this Regulation and consequently will need to be certified in accordance with the requirements and administrative procedures laid down in Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014. 

In the context of aviation rules, an aerodrome open to public use means that it is generally accessible to use by the public, as opposed to being accessible only to one particular person or a closed group of people. It is up to each Member State to decide on the facilities open to public use, in accordance with their national regulatory framework.

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