April 3, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
A bill to protect airports by strengthening California’s land-use laws has passed its first hurdle with a 5-0 vote in its favor from the Senate Local Government Committee.
The vote followed an April 2 hearing, and AOPA worked closely with bill sponsor Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) and the California Transportation Commission to promote the measure. AOPA California Regional Representative John Pfeifer testified in favor of the bill, and AOPA also asked members to contact their state senators and express support for S.B.1118.
Senate staffers reported that hundreds of members responded, reminding their senators of the vital role small airports play in California’s transportation infrastructure, economy, and delivery of health and safety services such as medical airlifts and firefighting.
California’s airport land-use laws date back to 1967, but over the years amendments, inconsistent administration, and rapidly growing pressure for urban development near airports have weakened them. S.B.1118 would strengthen state land-use laws by requiring all counties with at least one public-use airport to have an airport land-use commission. Marin, San Bernardino, and Santa Cruz counties are among those affected by the bill.
“This kind of legislation is vital to the future of our airports,” said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg Pecoraro. “By preventing incompatible development, we prevent the kind of problems and complaints that close airports.”
April 3, 2008
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg has challenged AOPA President Mark Baker to a dogfight. The battle? To see who can bring in the most "Hat in the Ring Society" donors to support aviation safety, promote airports, and improve the image of general aviation before the end of the year.
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.