Thanks to legislation signed by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, pilots in the state won't be surprised by a "closed" sign at their local airport. The governor signed Senate Bill 139 last week to provide more protection for public-use airports. Public-use airport sponsors must provide 180 days' notice before the planned closure of the airport. During that time period, the state or local governments, interested businesses, or others can come up with solutions to keep the airport open. "Airport closure is one of the top concerns among our members," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "The state legislature and governor have taken an important step in recognizing the value general aviation airports play in Oregon and for providing protections for these vital resources."
June 22, 2007