May 2, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The California Senate wants to strengthen the state’s airport land-use laws. On May 1 it passed S.B.1118 by nearly a unanimous vote.
AOPA worked with Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) to introduce the bill and has been actively working to win its passage.
Amendments, inconsistent administration, and rapidly growing pressure for urban development near airports have weakened California laws protecting airports from incompatible development.
S.B.1118 would strengthen those laws by requiring all counties with at least one public-use airport to have an airport land-use commission. Good land-use planning can preempt noise complaints and safety issues that threaten airports. Marin, San Bernardino, and Santa Cruz counties are among those affected by the bill.
The bill’s next stop is the Assembly’s Local Government Committee.
May 2, 2008
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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