May 2, 2008
It’s final: The city of Watsonville, Calif., won’t be able to build homes north of Watsonville Municipal Airport. On April 28, Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick signed a final order for his March 21 decision against the city’s development plans. The judge also turned down the city’s 2005 resolution that would have eliminated one runway safety zone and shortened another. The Watsonville Pilots Association and Friends of Buena Vista, a neighborhood advocacy group, were part of the lawsuit against the city. “Local pilot involvement is the key to protecting airports,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “This win demonstrates the power of an active airport support group.” AOPA is currently supporting a bill, S.B.1119, which would create an airport commission in Santa Cruz and other California counties and ultimately prevent future issues like this.
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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