April 24, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
A bill being introduced in the New Jersey Senate would provide an extra layer of protection for privately owned airports.
Sen. Jeff Van Drew is sponsoring S.B.1581, a companion bill to a measure currently in the Assembly, which would prohibit local governments from acquiring by condemnation any airport that has had its development rights purchased by the state.
“The recent closing of Twin Pine Airport in Pennington is another reminder that the state needs to provide protection to privately owned airports,” said Joey Colleran, AOPA manager of state legislative affairs. “While this bill wouldn’t have saved the airport, it has the potential to save dozens of other privately owned airports.”
Educating lawmakers about the bill will be one of AOPA’s top priorities during the New Jersey Aviation Awareness Week at the state capitol from May 19 through 23.
April 24, 2008
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.