San Diego pilots protest eviction notices

August 20, 2004

San Diego pilots protest eviction notices

Eviction notices are flying at San Diego's McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, California, and pilots aren't happy. A group of pilots filed a formal complaint this week with the FAA, saying a new FBO catering to corporate clients is unjustly forcing them out with no viable alternatives.

AOPA staff worked closely with local pilots through AOPA's Airport Support Network volunteer Rick Baker in preparing a formal Part 16 complaint. The association is also asking the FAA to act quickly on the complaint.

The leaseholder for the property in the center of the airport, Palomar Airport Center, plans to demolish existing T-hangars and replace them with large hangars for corporate aircraft beginning October 1. The company has delivered eviction notices to more than 100 pilots and four businesses in the airport's core area, effective September 1.

"Throwing aircraft owners and well-established businesses out in the street with little more than a month's notice is not only unconscionable, it violates federal regulations," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "That is why we have asked the FAA to prevent this discriminatory action."

The airport is one of eight general aviation airports operated by San Diego County and is the only one of the group that has an ILS approach.

A Part 16 complaint is a formal process in which someone materially impacted by a airport sponsor's action can allege that the airport has violated its agreements with the FAA. The FAA is required to investigate the complaint.

August 20, 2004