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Extreme makeover, AOPA edition

Construction crews continue to dismantle a Sunroad Enterprises building less than a mile from Montgomery Field in San Diego in order to lower the building to an FAA-approved height. Earlier this week, the decorative sail roof was removed. Deconstruction is supposed to be completed by mid-November. (Watch the action through our Web cam.)

AOPA, the city of San Diego, and local pilots fought the developer in an attempt to prevent the facility from being built beyond the FAA's acceptable limit of 160 feet. Despite a stop-work order from the city, the developer continued constructing the building to 180 feet. The developer began the remodeling job in August following a June edict from the mayor to remove the top two floors.

AOPA awarded Richard Beach, Montgomery Field's Airport Support Network volunteer, with its prestigious Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award, for his tireless efforts to protect the airport from an obstruction that was deemed a hazard to air navigation.

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