November 29, 2007
It's not the first time in recent years that lawmakers have tried to restrict access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport, and once again AOPA is getting involved.
In a Nov. 27 letter to Santa Monica's mayor and city council, AOPA pointed out that draft legislation to prevent Category C and D aircraft from landing or taking off at the Category B II airport is contrary to the airport's federal grant obligations and to past FAA findings.
In fact, when AOPA fought the city's attempt to impose similar restrictions in 2002, the FAA's director of airport safety and standards told officials that the airport's design category "is not intended, and cannot be used, to limit operations of an airport." The letter went on to state that FAA does not consider it inherently unsafe for larger, faster aircraft to use an airport designed for smaller planes.
AOPA is urging city officials to sit down with airport neighbors and the aviation community to discuss the issues and concerns behind the rash of legislation and environmental studies designed to restrict operations at the vital general aviation reliever airport.
November 29, 2007
Advocacy and Legislation
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.