As winter approaches, U.S. airports, pilots, air traffic controllers, and manufacturers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) methods to improve safety at U.S. airports.
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA has subpoenaed the city of Santa Monica and issued a notice of investigation into the city’s efforts to evict the two main fuel providers at Santa Monica Airport.
“These actions may be causing, and appear intended to cause, impairment of the airport, including but not limited to, a de facto closure of the airport in violation of applicable law,” the agency told the city in a Sept. 26 notice of investigation (NOI), according to the report. Read the full report here.
A Cessna 182 owner has filed a lawsuit against San Francisco International Airport, claiming the managers are trying to force general aviation pilots to move to other airports, and they illegally pulled his flight privileges as part of the plan.
A story at CourthouseNews.com notes that Robert Reinheimer’s security access to the airport was suspended last year based on allegations that the FAA later determined were unfounded. Reinheimer, who has based his 182 at SFO since 1980, filed the lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court, according to the report.
In his court filings, Reinheimer says that from the time of his first tie-down lease, the airport “urged, encouraged and exerted various pressures on persons who parked their small piston single and twin engine aircraft at SFIA to move to other airports. For the past three years, plaintiff has been the only piston airplane tied down or home-based at SFIA.”
Read the full story on the court case here.
The latest salvo in the continuing battle by the city of Santa Monica to close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) was fired by Atlantic Aviation, which owns the sole full-service FBO at the Southern California airport. According to Matt Thurber of Aviation International News, the FBO has filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA in response to a resolution by the Santa Monica city council calling for the city to take over the airport’s two FBOs, which also include avgas provider American Flyers. In the complaint, Atlantic Aviation asked for expedited handling “given the nature of the violations herein alleged and the urgency with which corrective action is needed…”
The AIN report notes that the city council voted unanimously on Aug. 23 on a resolution calling for closing the airport by July 1, 2018. Read the full story here.
The Lee Bottom Aviation Refuge is holding its first ever online auction fundraiser.
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Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA has reacted to the city of Santa Monica’s plan to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in 2018.
In a letter sent to mayor Tony Vazquez, FAA director of airport compliance and management analysis Kevin Willis reminded the mayor that under a recent Part 16 decision, “the city is required to continue to operate the airport for public use on reasonable terms and without unjust discrimination.” [Read more…]
Flooding in South Louisiana has devastated the region and displaced tens of thousands of residents. While the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (KBTR) did not sustain any damage from the flooding, one-third of the airport’s staff lost most, if not all, of their possessions.
Friends of the Baton Rouge Airport, a non-profit corporation, is seeking funds to help 22 members of the Baton Rouge Airport family who lost everything.
A GoFundMe account has been created to assist those employees. To date, more than $11,00 has been raised towards the $25,000 goal.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Twenty-three airports will make safety upgrades and expand operations with the assistance of $8.8 million in state investments, according to Governor Tom Wolf.
Included in the grants is $5.4 million distributed through the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, which is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds. The grants leverage nearly $3.6 million in local matching funds. Authorized by the General Assembly, the grants are administered by PennDOT‘s Bureau of Aviation. [Read more…]