August 11, 2006
If you had to make an emergency landing, which would you prefer as a potential landing site, a vacant field and parking lot or a car dealership? AOPA worked in conjunction with local pilots to defeat on Tuesday a rezoning proposal near San Jose's Reid Hillview Airport. The proposal would have changed the zoning on a 6.6-acre parcel from agricultural to industrial park and general commercial, creating safety issues for pilots in the air as well as citizens on the ground. The city council needed eight votes to pass the measure but fell short by one. Local pilots made passionate pleas before the council to prevent the zoning change, and AOPA argued in a letter [ download] that the land in question is clearly within the FAA-required runway protection zone. "When local pilots pull together, good things can happen," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "But this is a battle we will continue to fight to maintain compatible land use around this popular and vital airport."
August 11, 2006
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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