What is an Aerial Easement: What You Need to Know

Residential homebuyers who reside near airports may come across various easements. One that may be especially relevant to them is an avigation easement (sometimes known as an aviation easement).

Such restrictions on your property's airspace can limit what can be done with it, including building taller structures or organizing holiday light displays that might interfere with aircraft navigation.

This blog post will delve deep into aerial easements to discuss their purpose, types, acquisition process and any issues or disputes that could arise. 

What You Need to Learn About Aerial Easement?

Easements are an indispensable aspect of real estate that can have a substantial influence over how owners utilize their land. For instance, homes near airports often come equipped with navigation easements that permit pilots to fly overhead safely while restricting property owners from doing anything that would interfere with flight safety - this includes building taller houses or setting up holiday laser-light displays that could disrupt flight path of aircraft.

Before purchasing property, homeowners should become informed on any easements present on it in order to gain a full grasp of its limitations and make an informed decision as to whether purchasing this specific piece makes for an intelligent purchase decision or not.

There are various types of easements, ranging from those providing access to roads and powerlines, drainage needs or public utility access, through to those requiring drainage or public utility access. While most easements are recorded and included with property deeds, others do not; such "easements in gross" typically end when ownership changes while other "easements appurtenant" remain with land even as ownership changes.

What is an Easement?

An easement is a legal agreement which grants someone else permission to use another's property for specific reasons. There are numerous kinds of easements, each serving different functions; one type might allow utilities accessing part of your land for maintenance of power lines or sewer systems while another type can help preserve natural, scenic or open-space values on it.

Private easements, or agreements between individual owners, can vary significantly and range from relatively harmless to potentially troublesome. You should always conduct due diligence prior to purchasing property in order to identify any easements which might exist on it.

Navigation easements are one of the most frequently utilized aerial easements, meaning a local airport requires that air space above your property be free from obstructions to meet federal regulations for aircraft landing. For instance, William and Jane may have a pond that attracts birds; should they purchase property near an airport, their government may force them to remove this pond or face fines and penalties.

What is an Aerial Easement?

Easements grant someone legal permission to use property for a specific purpose without transferring ownership of it, typically granted either through express agreement or eminent domain proceedings. They can be utilized both privately and publicly - such as when utilities install an easement on your land in order to run their lines - this type of easement often lasts a significant period of time.

Parties seeking access through an easement must thoroughly understand its terms and conditions before entering an easement agreement. A signed easement contract should clearly outline its purpose as well as any compensation or consideration due from those seeking entry, along with insurance requirements such as liability coverage as well as property coverage that should be upheld by those involved in access.

Prescriptive easements are created through "open and notorious use," where an easement agreement has been used on property for an extended period in an aggressive or hostile manner, according to law, with its beneficiary using it in this fashion for at least the period prescribed by law. As this type of easement can be difficult to prove, professional attorneys should assist both parties involved when creating this document in order to protect both sides involved.

What is an Easement Deed?

Deeds of easement give someone legal permission to use an area of your property, with terms that vary based on state law and your situation. Affirmative and negative easements exist: for an affirmative easement, the deed holder can do anything they please with that portion, while negative easements impose strict restrictions.

Easements are typically granted to cities and utilities so they can run lines overhead or below ground without getting permission from the owner, but you can grant an easement for non-utility uses as well. For instance, you could grant permission for someone to access your driveway or fish in your pond without worrying about permission being obtained first.

Easements that have not been officially recorded can become legal rights over time if users gain the right to your property through prescription. Therefore, it's crucial that any frequent users gain your written permission if they continue their use on a portion of your land; otherwise they could later claim prescriptive easements when you sell or move out from that neighborhood.

If you no longer wish for someone to use part of your property, an easement holder may sign a quitclaim deed to relinquish their rights to it and officially relinquish them as per public record. Once signed, these documents become legally binding for all purposes.

What is an  Aerial Easement Notice?

Imagine closing on a home, only to discover on receiving its title abstract that your house is subject to an easement allowing another party access without your permission and in ways you may disagree with. While this might sound like a nightmare scenario, easements are actually quite prevalent and are more prevalent than many people realize.

Easements may be created through either adverse possession or prescriptive use. Adverse possession grants someone the legal right to use your land openly and continuously over an agreed-upon time frame, while prescriptive use functions similarly but does not obligate an exclusive use agreement; rather it permits someone else to utilize it without informing the owner for specific purposes for an agreed time period without exclusivity requirements.

Easements can also be established through express or implicit agreements. For instance, living near an airport could require signing an agreement to ensure free airspace; or if you build a large pond that attracts birds then an airport could require an aviation or navigation easement so their planes can land safely on your property.

What is an  Aerial Easement Release?

If you own property with an aerial utility easement, it is important to understand its significance and how to remove it. One method is filing an easement release form which legally confirms you no longer own the airspace above it and absolves you from any obligation for damage caused by aircraft flying overhead.

An avigation easement is like a utility easement except it pertains to airspace above land rather than on it. If birds flocking to your yard are becoming an obstruction to runway expansion, cities may order you to acquire an avigation easement in order to free the airspace without interference from birds colliding with aircraft landings. 

Since airspace must remain free from obstructions such as your pond or other features of your land; non-utility improvements or obstructions located between perimeter and back-to-back easements or rear lot lines must also be removed by public utilities or Grantee at your expense.


Understanding aerial easements is vital for both property owners and developers. These legal agreements exist to safeguard both parties when it comes to airspace usage above a property, by authorizing overhead structures or activities without incurring restrictions from above. They allow essential services like utilities and transportation services to continue uninterrupted.

Acquiring an aerial easement involves negotiations with authorities or companies responsible for installing overhead infrastructure or conducting activities that encroach onto airspace. Property owners should carefully examine proposed agreements before providing consent so as to safeguard their rights appropriately.

Although aerial easements play an essential part in modern infrastructure development, they may also result in conflicts or disputes related to issues like air rights encroachment or interference. Should any disagreement or concern arise regarding an existing aerial easement agreement, legal advice would likely prove invaluable for managing through potential challenges efficiently.

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