June 3, 2002
AOPA and local pilots are working together to help save Houston (Texas) Gulf Airport.
Faced with closure of the airport on April 1, 2002, local pilots, led by AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Chris DuPont, have mounted a campaign to convince League City, Texas, to acquire the airport from its private owner. The airport, which is privately owned and open for public use, has been on the sale block since the late 1980s when the private owner died. Recently, a real estate developer made an offer that was accepted. The airport is home to 78 aircraft and the Bay Area Aero Club.
Local pilots have been actively lobbying the city to acquire the airport and continue operating the field as an airport should this deal fall through. The city has expressed some interest. At the same time, state Senator Mike Jackson has expressed his interest in seeing the airport remain open and has pledged his support. Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of regional affairs, and Jerry Hooper, AOPA Southwest regional representative, met this week with ASN volunteer Chris DuPont to discuss strategies to preserve the airport. Dunn and Hooper also met with Senator Jackson's staff in Austin on Tuesday to offer assistance.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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