The FAA has told Santa Clara County Airports officials that four acres of undeveloped land on the south side of Palo Alto Airport cannot be turned into a garbage composting facility. Doing so would be incompatible with the airport sponsor grant assurance obligations, the FAA wrote to the agency that operates Palo Alto.
AOPA has been working with AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Bob Lenox and the Palo Alto Pilots Association to protect the field. AOPA Vice President of Local Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn requested that the FAA review the proposal and weigh in on the issue before it threatened the airport.
“The FAA has sent a clear message that it will protect Palo Alto Airport and that locating a garbage composting facility near the field is not permitted,” Dunn said.