I live with the back of my house to a Runway that runs north to south almost perfectly. I live on the west side of the runway, Across the street from me on the further west most side of the road lives my neighbor who owns runway rights,(his house is completely unconnected to the runway) which from my understanding grants him parking privileges at a designated area on the runway itself. does owning runway parking rights make it legal for him to taxi his plane all 200 yards down the residential road in between my house and his to park his plane in his yard?

  • $\begingroup$ at the end of the road there is a opening with access to the runway for people who mostly walk their pets and drive their vehicles to their planes, which is where he is taxing through $\endgroup$
    – haydn sept
    Jun 2, 2018 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ If his house is "across the street" then how is it "200 yards... between my house and his"? $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2018 at 20:41
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    $\begingroup$ What are the laws, rules, and covenants covering the street? Those things can be quite variable. The principal at the Silver Lake, Oregon school used to park his aircraft in the school parking lot, taxiing between there and the airstrip. And I used to taxi a 172 on residential streets there. That was all legal because, at the time, it was not expressly prohibited. $\endgroup$
    – Terry
    Jun 2, 2018 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ The road is 200 yards long. the road runs between my house and his. @MureyTasroc $\endgroup$
    – haydn sept
    Jun 2, 2018 at 21:09
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe you could post a location on Google Maps so we can envision this more clearly? $\endgroup$
    – abelenky
    Jun 2, 2018 at 21:12

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It doesn't matter whether or not the road is residential, it depends more on public or private. If the road is a public road, taxiing an aircraft will usually not conform to state motor vehicle regulations without a pilot car and a permit. In rural areas where nobody cares, it doesn't matter. When there are enough people around somebody will object, and then it does matter.

An airpark preserves community access to a runway via residential roads by making them private, and not subject to state or local motor vehicle law. Rules are enforced by conditions on titles to property, or by reference on the title that the property is subject to rules made by an HOA or other organization of the sort. Look at your title.

I think it unlikely you bought into an airpark without knowing it, but if your street signs look like this, taxiing on the streets is probably legal.

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  • $\begingroup$ It might help to consider what the prop might do if children were playing nearby. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2021 at 1:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Robert DiGiovanni: Kids all too frequently get hit by cars, yet AFAIK no one has made driving on residential streets illegal. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Feb 27, 2021 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ It could be worked out locally. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2021 at 23:32

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