New bill could have made airport’s hard-fought win easier
Watsonville Municipal Airport won’t face encroachment or noise complaints for a while. The Watsonville Pilots Association and Friends of Buena Vista, a neighborhood advocacy group, won a lawsuit March 21 that will prevent the city of Watsonville from building homes north of the airport. The judge also ruled against the city’s 2005 resolution eliminating one runway safety zone and limiting another. But the fight to protect Watsonville could have been much easier, and less expensive, had a bill currently in the works in the state legislature already been enacted. Read more on AOPA Online.
March 28, 2008