June 2, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
An airport master plan update at Norman Y. Mineta International Airport in San Jose, Calif., could be the opening general aviation pilots have been waiting for to gain access to the facility.
GA has slowly been squeezed out of the airport over the past couple of decades. The airport stopped accepting new tenants for city-owned hangars in 1995. Airport officials also switched their focus to high-end corporate aircraft, to the exclusion of lighter GA aircraft.
“It is important to remember that business use of general aviation aircraft extends to all categories and types of aircraft, not just jets and not just the ‘wealthy,’” wrote AOPA Vice President of Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn in a May 27 letter to the San Jose director of aviation.
In the letter, Dunn said the airport master plan update “provides an excellent opportunity to revisit general aviation demand for facilities and services” at the airport. AOPA requested a report of the demand for GA facilities at the airport, a report that the airport is required to provide to the city council.
“We urge you to change the direction of this exclusionary policy that has discouraged light general aviation piston and turbine aircraft from basing at [ Norman Y. Mineta International Airport] and accommodate those aircraft owners who wish to base at the airport,” Dunn reiterated.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
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