August 7, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Apparently, the Venice City Council doesn’t welcome honest advice from its Florida citizens. In a stunning slap to the aviation community, the city council has called for the resignation of every member on the airport’s advisory board. Members of the board haven’t always seen eye to eye with the city council on airport issues. In particular, the airport needs safety improvements to Runway 4/22, according to airport users.
AOPA and the FAA have told the city that it needs to make the airport a top priority. Previously, the council proposed shortening the runway or restricting the size of aircraft operating there. The association hopes the council will take action to improve the airport by submitting its updated airport master plan to the FAA before the end of August.
“Despite the fact that the guidance of the board may run contrary to the opinions of those who service on the city council, the city would be well served in maintaining the current airport advisory board members and acting on the solid guidance they have offered the city’s elected officials,” wrote Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airports, in a letter to Venice Mayor Ed Martin. “Advisory bodies like this should not be filled with ‘yes-men,’ but rather with individuals who can offer the city their expertise and good judgment.”
AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer John Yurosko is a member of the board. Airport advisory boards play a critical role in educating local elected officials and the community on the value of the airport.
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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