Shortening runways to move safety zones onto airport property does not make an airport safer or more efficient. AOPA is making that point to Venice, Fla., officials who are considering shortening two runways at Venice Municipal Airport. The FAA won't go for the city's proposal either. The agency invested $4 million in the airport last year to rehabilitate Runway 13/31. AOPA President Phil Boyer helped celebrate the reopening and was the first to take off from the new runway. AOPA supports other proposals to the update that would bring the airport into better compliance with FAA standards. AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer John Yurosko has been involved in that process to represent general aviation's needs.
August 17, 2007