September 7, 2007
The California Senate Appropriations committee last week killed a bill that would have created a task force to analyze air quality studies for Santa Monica Municipal Airport. AOPA had successfully worked to remove language that would have required another environmental study involving collecting taxi and idle times of general aviation aircraft at the airport. "We hope this marks the end of legislative efforts to impose another unnecessary environmental study at Santa Monica," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "This is the second year that state lawmakers rejected legislation affecting this vital airport." So far, there have been seven environmental studies of the airport. AOPA believes the studies will be used to restrict operations at Santa Monica, a move that could ultimately threaten all California airports.
September 7, 2007
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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