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Pilots, officials get new tool for protecting airportsPilots, officials get new tool for protecting airports

Pilots, officials get new tool for protecting airports

By AOPA ePublishing staff

Careful planning is the best way to prevent problems for airports, but understanding the planning process can be challenging for even the most seasoned airport advocate. Now the AOPA Airport Support Network, in partnership with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), is offering a tool to make getting involved easier.

AOPA presented its new handbook, Participating in the Planning Process: A Guide for Airport Advocates , on March 17 during NASAO’s annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. The handbook explains how airport supporters can counter the threat of incompatible development near their fields.

“You can’t overestimate the importance of good zoning to the health of airports,” said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. “Showing airport users how to advocate for the right kinds of land use can help them prevent the noise and safety complaints that threaten so many airports.”

For the first time, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation also participated in the NASAO conference, meeting with officials from numerous states to offer a variety of safety seminars, courses, and programs.

March 27, 2008

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