The California Assembly last Thursday narrowly passed a bill that, if ratified by the Senate, would impose crippling requirements for monitoring aircraft operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport. But the bill also could set a precedent threatening all California publicly owned, public-use airports. The bill is awaiting referral to a Senate committee. "AOPA is prepared to fight, every step of the way, this attempt to restrict operations and ultimately threaten the future of the airport," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. The bill would not provide funding for additional personnel to conduct the monitoring, passing the financial burden on to the airport, and the study itself is redundant because there have been numerous other studies and health assessments.
June 9, 2006