SMO lawsuit dismissed

SMO

In a victory for general aviation, a U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica against the FAA to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in southern California.

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Google to manage Moffett Field

A Google subsidiary, Planetary Ventures LLC, will take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield, a former U.S. Navy based located four miles from Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The airfield, which was built in the 1930s, has been managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center for the past 23 years. According to a story in the Seattle Times, Google must renovate the airfield’s three hangars, including one that is a Silicon Valley landmark because of its massive size and location off a major highway. Google also has agreed to upgrade a golf course located next to the airfield.

Washington aviation associations host Airport Funding Day

Aviation advocates gathered in Olympia, Wash., on Jan. 28 to participate in the second annual Airport Funding Day. The Washington State Community Airports Association and Washington Airport Management Association hosted the event to increase awareness for legislators, legislative staff, committee staff and the governor’s staff about the funding needs at the state’s 134 public airports.

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