September 22, 2010
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is urging officials in Talbot County, Md., to expedite the topping or removal of trees long recognized as obstruction hazards at the Easton/Newnam Airport.
“The need to undertake this project was first identified in 2003 during an Environmental Assessment study for another project at the airport,” wrote Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airport advocacy, in a Sept. 15 letter to County Council President Levin Harrison. The letter reminded officials of their contractual obligations flowing from acceptance of federal airport development funds, including protection of the airport’s aerial approaches. “The FAA has invested over $30 million in this airport and that investment must be protected” Dunn later added.
“Airport administration has gone to great lengths to follow legal process and mitigate any environmental impact of a removal and trimming project, yet the trees remain uncut,” Dunn wrote in the letter. He urged that the county “move rapidly to gain all additional approvals and approve completion of a project that is long overdue.”
Advocacy and Legislation
Sometimes in politics, the good news is that bad news won’t happen. Thanks to AOPA, antique aircraft collectors and aviation employers in Louisiana dodged legislative bullets that would have raised the costs of aircraft ownership or of doing business.
Question: Is there a visual aid to help me understand notams that change the configuration of an airport during construction?
It’s a familiar refrain, an effort by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to close a valuable airport. AOPA is again speaking up.