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Aeronautics Commission, 1935 - 1980


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group: This record group contains records created and maintained by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and includes highway and bridge construction plans, photographs, and films; aerial photographs; bridge inspection reports; engineers' correspondence; project feasibility studies; railroad deeds, maps, appraisal records, and construction and maintenance files; railroad abandonment hearing files; state rail plan records and publications; Milwaukee Road bankruptcy and reorganization files; public hearing audio records; and commission meeting minutes and annual reports.


  • 1935 - 1980

Administrative History

The South Dakota Aeronautics Commission was created in 1935 through an act of the South Dakota State Legislature (Session Laws, 1935, Ch. 53, p. 71). It was to consist of three persons appointed by the Governor, two of whom must have had at least three years of practical experience in civil or military aeronautics. The purposes of the commission were to promulgate rules and regulations for the control of aeronautical activities and facilities in the state and to encourage the development of aviation in South Dakota. The Aeronautics Commission is currently responsible for supervision and control of airports, landing fields, landing stripe, air instruction, air marking, air beacons, and all other air navigation facilities. The commission also gives formal approval to pass-through FAA Airport Improvement (AIP) funds, State aeronautics fund grants, and airport requests to use their allocated fuel tax receipts for improvements. The commission is now comprised of seven members who are appointed to three-year terms by the governor.


2.7 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)