December 11, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Plans to build a residential and office complex less than 700 feet from the approach end of Runway 30 at California’s Half Moon Bay Airport is an incompatible use of the property, AOPA told San Mateo County officials.
AOPA filed comments Dec. 4 in response to the county’s notice of preparation of an environmental impact report for the development. The Big Wave Wellness Center and Office Park would provide housing and employment opportunities for low-income, developmentally disabled children and adults. It would include 45 dwelling units and four three-story office buildings on a 19.5-acre plot of land.
But the site falls within several different protected areas, including the runway protection zone for the airport. The California Land Use Planning Handbook prohibits building any dwelling units within those areas, AOPA told county planners. In addition, as the airport sponsor, the county is obligated to protect the airport from development that could hinder its operations or limit its usefulness under the federal Airport Improvement Program and land grant requirements.
“Local involvement by pilots is important as the environmental impact process continues,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airports. “It is a good opportunity to encourage county officials to choose more compatible uses for the land.”
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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