April 1, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
After the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously on March 25 to ban jet traffic from Santa Monica Municipal Airport, the FAA immediately filed a court order requiring the city to justify its actions.
The city has cited safety concerns as a motivator for banning Category C and D jets starting April 24. Part of the city’s plan also includes shortening the single runway to add safety areas to both ends.
“AOPA supports airport safety, but this ban does nothing to increase safety for aircraft or neighborhoods around the airport,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. “This is a just another thinly veiled attempt by the city to ultimately close the airport. We strongly support the FAA’s firm stance against the groundless ban.”
Because Santa Monica is a federally obligated airport, the city can’t restrict access to it. The FAA has suggested safety measures—like installing an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) and moving hold short lines—that would not restrict aircraft operating at the airport. The agency also is working to move the PEEER RNAV departure that conflicted with departures from Los Angeles International. This would cut down on jet idle times while waiting for clearance to take off.
“We’ve fought to keep Santa Monica open and accessible for decades, and we’re not about to stop now,” said Dunn. “Cities can’t bend federal laws to satisfy their own wants.”
April 1, 2008
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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