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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.
Airport Master Plan,
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.
Youths ages 13 through 18 who are members of the AOPA AV8RS program can now apply for scholarships to help them achieve their aviation dreams.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.