November 3, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Property situated under the helicopter traffic pattern and less than 2,000 feet from the Runway 12/30 centerline at California’s San Carlos Airport will not be used for residential development. AOPA and local pilot organizations worked together to oppose the development proposal because it was inconsistent with the airport’s compatible land-use plan and could lead to noise complaints.
Now, an Oct. 27 vote by the San Carlos City Council will keep the land reserved for light industrial use, preventing two four-story residential buildings from being built so close to the airport.
“Allowing residential development in close proximity to an active general aviation airport such as San Carlos and within a known traffic pattern and flight corridor is not in the best interests of the public or current airport users,” AOPA wrote in a letter to the city council.
AOPA’s San Carlos Airport Support Network Volunteer Carol Ford spoke at the council meeting, expressing the views of AOPA, the San Carlos Airport Pilots Association, and the California Pilots Association.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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