Uzbekistan bans constructions of gas stations and fuel storages near airports

Uzbekistan has introduced a new “Regulation on
Procedure to Issue Permits for Activities that May Pose a Threat to Safety”.

Obtaining a permit is necessary for the design, construction, expansion,
reconstruction and technical re-equipment of:

  • buildings and structures, objects, leading
    to a massive accumulation of birds and wild animals (rodents), placed
    within the boundary of the air approaches, as well as outside the
    boundaries of the air strips approaches within 15 km from the aerodrome
    reference point;
  • objects having a height of 50 m or more relatively
    to the height of the aerodrome and placed within a radius of 30 km from the aerodrome
    reference point;
  • radio links and power lines (including
    high-voltage ones), as well as other objects of radio and electromagnetic
    radiation, as well as lighting objects placed within the aerodrome site;
  • explosive objects placed within the
    aerodrome site;
  • torch devices for emergency discharging combustion
    gases having a height of 50
    and more above the ground (subject to the maximum
    height of the flame exhaust) to be placed within the aerodrome site;
  • industrial and other enterprises and
    facilities deteriorating flight visibility is condition of airfields and

For considering applications by the Uzbekistan’s
national air company, Uzbekistan Airways, a special commission was formed
consisting of representatives from the airports of Uzbekistan, Uzbek Air Navigation Centre
and the Directorate of the Airline. The experts included in the commission can
thoroughly analyze the impact of the proposed facility on the safety and
determine the possibility of issuing a permit or a recommendation to change the
individual parameters of the object. The permit is issued by Uzbekistan Airways
in consultation with the State Inspection for Safety Oversight.

Permit can not be issued in cases when there are plans to build a
high-rise building, tower, antenna, pipe, flammable or explosive objects (gas
station, fuel depots or other explosive and flammable objects, etc.) in the
immediate vicinity of the airport. In certain cases, resolution may be issued
only when reducing the height of the object or its movement to another
location. Also, one will not be able to place garbage containers, cereals,
fruit and vegetables, or other open food stores, large agricultural buildings,
large garden grounds, able to attract a large amount of birds for food in the
vicinity of aerodromes. One must be very careful to choose the place for the
construction of crowded places, such as manufacturing plants, apartment
buildings, schools, kindergartens, theaters, parks, stadiums, and others.
Permission will not be issued for building such objects directly under the
existing flight paths and aircraft landings.

It is required not only to coordinate the construction of stationary
objects, but also as regards activities in the vicinity of aerodromes
associated with the launch of moving objects in the air, such as kites and
balloons, gaming devices and modeled aircraft that are unmanned aerial vehicles
(Cordoba and radio controlled airplanes, helicopters, gyroplanes, missiles,

One should be treated carefully to the installation and use of radio and
luminous objects, laser systems, etc. Upon detection of the negative impact of
such facilities on civil aviation activities, severe sanctions can be applied in
relation to their owners who did not pass the approval procedures.

Special attention should be given to actions related to fires, burning
in an open area of domestic garbage, leaves, active release of smoke into the
air, other activities of individuals and organizations that may cause
significant harm not only to the environment, but also reduce visibility in the
terminal area. Such an action is unacceptable and, at the request of the
administration of airports, they can be rigidly suppressed by relevant law
enforcement agencies.

When placing objects outside the terminal area if their height is 50 meters or more, as
well as the placement of objects in the terminal area of the state aviation,
the permit issue is further coordinated with the Ministry of Defence.

Upon detection of already constructed objects, which have not undergone
the established procedure for coordination, the airport authorities will apply
to the local authorities about the decision to demolish these objects and
bringing their owners to responsibility.

The period of validity of the authorization, as a rule, is not limited.
However, the effect of a previously issued permit is terminated if the
applicant has not started placing the object within three (3) years from the
date of receipt of permission.

Safety of civil aircraft is one of the conditions for the preservation
of life and health, property that is not only on board, but also on the ground.
Moreover, the level of safety in civil aviation has an impact on stability and
security in the state. Therefore, every citizen of Uzbekistan must weigh impact of his/her
activities on safety and avoid the actions that harm aircraft, airfields,
airports, aviation infrastructure facilities, etc.

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