FAA halts night flights into Daniel Field

Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia, has some big problems with trees, light poles and other structures getting in the way of safe landings for planes at night, according to a report from The Augusta Chronicle. Daniel Field, managed by operations company Augusta Aviation, has spent more than $30,000 conducting land surveys, removing 30 trees and installing red blinking lights on top of the Newman Tennis Center clubhouse and light poles, the report quotes Becky Shealy, vice president of business development for Augusta Aviation. But until the FAA says planes can land on runways without flying dangerously close to trees and structures, the agency has halted night flights into the GA airport.

Minter Field: A nest of eagles

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By TRACY THURMAN

When you fly into Minter Field (KMIT) in Shaftner, Calif., you notice a sprawling, fairly quiet airport situated in the heart of California’s central valley. It is flanked to the east by industry and Highway 99. The other three sides are surrounded by farm lands and orchards. Keep your eyes open for crop dusters who work on and around the airport.

It doesn’t look like much as you make your downwind, but under the veil of dust is a nest of eagles. There’s lots of history and some really cool aviation stuff going on here.

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EAA chapter helps bring mogas to Southern Oregon airport

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What do you get when you combine an industrious chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and a resourceful airport manager? If you are at Grants Pass Airport (S38) in Southern Oregon, you get a fuel truck that dispenses automotive fuel, known as “mogas,” for use in aircraft engines.

The acquisition of the fuel truck makes Grants Pass one of only two airports in the Beaver State that dispenses automobile fuel.

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Anti-airport group victorious in Santa Monica

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On Nov. 4, a ballot initiative to give the Santa Monica City Council more control over operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO) in Southern California was approved by voters, signaling — for some — a death knell for the embattled airport.

Measure LC allows the City Council to manage the airport as it sees fit, including closing all or part of the 227-acre property. The measure, which passed with a 60% margin, mandates that the airport land be used only for parks, open space and recreational facilities until voters can approve land-use guidelines.

It had the backing of several community groups which have been trying to close the airport for years, citing safety concerns and calling the airport a playground for “rich hobbyist pilots.”

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Changes in store for Black Hills Airport

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An airport is like any other business in that you need to invest time, as well as money, to make it grow. Usually that task falls to the airport sponsor, and sometimes a change of sponsor is in the best interest of the airport.

That’s the situation at Black Hills-Clyde Ice Field (KSPF) in Spearfish, S.D.

Currently, the airport sponsor is Lawrence County, but a plan is underway to have the city of Spearfish assume sponsorship, because, according to Dana Boke, the mayor of Spearfish, “The city has more time and resources to focus on the economic development of the airport.”

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