AOPA joins San Diego in suit against developer threatening airport

September 1, 2007

AOPA joins San Diego in suit against developer threatening airport

Sunroad Centrum developers should raise a white flag and back away from Montgomery Field. AOPA has joined the city of San Diego and the California Department of Transportation as a real party of interest in a suit against the developer.

At issue is a 180-foot-tall building being built less than a mile from the airport that the FAA has deemed a hazard to air navigation.

"This is a critical safety issue not only to pilots using the airport, but also to workers in the new office complex," said AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn, who met with the city attorney and reporters on Thursday to get the association's position out to the public.

"AOPA is appalled that the developer is blatantly ignoring the FAA's ruling and the city's order to stop working on the building."

A win in this case is imperative to prevent two more buildings that would be even taller from being built in the same area.

AOPA believes the only solution to this issue is to do away with the top two floors of the building, cutting its height back to the FAA's acceptable 160-foot limit.

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