The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are “obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed,” the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday, Jan. 22.
The FAA flight advisory for Super Bowl XLIX has been issued. It describes the expected, but not final, plans for the Temporary Flight Restriction that will be in place during the Super Bowl. [Read more…]
Tenants at the Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR) said they’re being driven out by soaring rents and heavy-handed management policies. According to a report at HawaiiNewsNow, the state is proposing a quadruple increase in rents at the general aviation airport, which is the state’s No. 2 airport. The story quotes GA pilot Tony Ferrara: “They don’t want general aviation. They are not here to make general aviation thrive. They are not assisting general aviation in any sense of the word.”
Airports near Glendale, Arizona, are preparing for a temporary population explosion next month as football fans fly in for Super Bowl XLIX. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 1. The stadium is also the venue for the Pro Bowl, which is being played Jan. 25.
Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL), the top airfield for business aviation in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, is getting a new terminal. According to a report at Cleveland.com, Landmark Aviation expects to break ground in the spring on the 8,000-square-foot terminal for general aviation aircraft. The $6 million to $7 million project also will add 20,000 square feet of hangar space, doubling Landmark’s hangar capacity at Burke.
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.
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.