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AOPA asks county to reconsider decision to close California airportAOPA asks county to reconsider decision to close California airport

AOPA asks county to reconsider decision to close California airport

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AOPA has asked the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to reconsider its longstanding plan to discontinue the conditional-use permit for the privately owned Elk Grove Airport (Sunset Skyranch). This decision would force the closure of the public-use airport and would displace more than 60 aircraft.

"Sunset Skyranch is a vital component of the local, state, and National Airspace System," wrote Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports, in a letter to county officials. "The airport has a long history of serving the Elk Grove area as an on-ramp to the NAS."

AOPA also recommended that the board examine possible compatible land-use solutions to protect Sunset Skyranch and other public-use airports.

If the board does not reconsider its decision, AOPA requested that the county work with Sunset Skyranch tenants as they face a difficult transition to another airport.

Because the airport is privately owned, it does not have the same kind of grant assurances that help protect airports receiving federal funds. See " Saving privately owned airports."

February 9, 2006

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