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California Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2001

Court says San Jose curfew discriminates against GA AOPA's contention that the nighttime curfew at San Jose International Airport discriminates against general aviation operations has been validated by a federal district court. The court ruled in June that the curfew was unjustly discriminatory to GA aircraft.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

Praise for turbonormalizing I thoroughly enjoyed Steven W. Ells' "AOPA Bonanza Sweepstakes: Up, Up, and Away" (May Pilot) about turbonormalizing.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2001

Residential subdivision approved despite Chico land use plan An airport land use plan that called for limiting residential development near Chico Municipal Airport was not enough to stop the Butte County Board of Supervisors from giving developers the green light to build 20 large homes about one-third of a mile from the end of Runway 13R. The board of supervisors voted in March to override the 1999 land use plan after attorneys for the developer provided the panel with the specific information it needed to legally override that plan.

Son of a Pioneer

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

Steve Pitcairn has preserved his father's airmail and Autogiro heritage Stephen Pitcairn died of cancer on March 29, 2008. He was 83.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Anyone who has been involved in the buying or selling of a used aircraft has probably wrestled with this nagging legal problem: Who is responsible for defects discovered in the aircraft after it has been sold? There are some standard techniques that we have developed over the years to try to address this problem. They are usually very helpful, and they work most of the time, but, as we will see, imaginative lawyers may attempt to find ways around them.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

Sale of Red Bluff Municipal land considered The FAA is considering a request by Red Bluff Municipal Airport to release a portion of airport property from federal obligations so that it may be sold to an airport tenant. If the airport land is released and the sale approved, the property would be used for a helicopter operation.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

In November in this column ("Pilot Counsel: Small Airports and the Law," November 2000 Pilot) I talked about a recent court decision because it gave us a real-life example of some principles of law that help protect airports. The case involved a dispute between a small private airport and its nearby landowners.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

Livermore plans improvements, considers scheduled service Officials in Livermore are working to update Livermore Municipal Airport's master plan and would like to bring scheduled air carrier service to the field. The airport's master plan was last updated in 1975, and proposed changes would extend one of the field's parallel runways while creating a displaced threshold for the other.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2000

Have you heard your airport referred to as a "blight" on the area? Individuals opposed to a new airport in Orange County, California, are actually circulating glossy printed materials carrying the headline "The Blight Path" in an effort to stop conversion of a surplus military airfield into a new civil airport. Unfortunately, this is exactly how many residents of communities located near airports view our national system of general aviation airports.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

Noise a growing issue for Palomar Aircraft noise is an increasingly troublesome issue for McClellan-Palomar Airport. Reacting to community pressure, county officials are considering imposing access restrictions, a curfew, and aircraft restrictions on the airport.