Pilots based at Montgomery Field in San Diego last week received a small victory when the city directed officials to extend the lease with Gibbs Flying Service, a fixed-base operation. The council discussed extending the lease for a period of six months to one year. (The city previously was planning to take over operation of the leasehold in May.)
In March, AOPA expressed its concern to the city about the quality of service pilots would receive at the airport once the city took over operation of the FBO. The association also pointed out that being the management organization of an airport was much different from operating an FBO. City Council member Jim Madaffer, chairman of the city's public services committee, contacted the association indicating he shared AOPA's concerns and called the hearing to discuss the lease.
April 21, 2005