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California pilots fight to keep Elk Grove Airport openCalifornia pilots fight to keep Elk Grove Airport open

The Sunset Sky Ranch Pilots Association at Elk Grove Airport in central California is going to the state supreme court in an attempt to keep the airport open, and AOPA is supporting their efforts. The privately owned, public-use airport had applied for the renewal of its conditional use permit, which the Sacramento Planning Commission renewed in 2005. However, adjacent property owners appealed the decision to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, which denied the request. The Court of Appeal for the Third Judicial District upheld the county’s decision. AOPA has requested that the state supreme court review the case. “We think it’s ludicrous that the county would deny the conditional use permit in order to accommodate an adjacent property owner,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “This airport has served the public needs for more than 74 years and should continue to do so. While there is no guarantee the court will accept the case, AOPA believes this is an important case that should be reviewed by the state supreme court.”

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