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September 12, 2008
Building homes too close to an airport is bad public policy that threatens investments in airports and creates noise and safety concerns for homeowners, AOPA told city of Tracy officials in a Sept. 10 letter. In the letter, AOPA asks city officials to stop a proposed plan to build homes, an aquatic center, and a commercial district within one mile of Tracy Municipal Airport, a busy field with more than 60,000 annual operations and 120 based aircraft. In fact, the densest residential development of the proposed Surland’s Subdivision/Ellis Project lies within the airport’s protected zone. AOPA reminded city officials that they have accepted airport development grants that obligate them to protect the airport and prevent development that could threaten airport operations or safety. In addition, the letter points out that the proposed development is not in keeping with California’s land-use planning guidelines.
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.
The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.