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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NextGen at Snoopy’s Airport

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The FAA has posted several NextGen Performance Snapshots, including one about Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in California that agency officials thought our readers would find interesting. So, what do the names Woodstock, Lucy and Pigpen bring to mind? For pilots flying into STS, those are the waypoints that guide them along the NextGen approach to runway 32.

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Polar Vortex impacts general aviation


You would have had to be living in an ice cave to miss all the media hype about the unusual cold weather gripping the United States in the first week of January. The weather phenomenon known as the “Polar Vortex” provided great fodder for dramatic images of frozen and barren highways, giving the impression that all transportation stopped — including air travel. Indeed many airlines delayed or cancelled flights, stranding some passengers for days.

But at many general aviation airports, the cold weather didn’t slow air traffic at all.

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Judge denies more time to FAA in SMO lawsuit

A federal judge has denied the FAA’s request for more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by the city of Santa Monica to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport. According to a report in the Santa Monica Lookout, Judge John F. Walter denied the FAA’s request for an additional 44 days to respond to a lawsuit that claims the city has the right to close down at least part of the 227-acre parcel that has operated as an airport for nearly a century. The ruling says that the FAA had “failed to demonstrate good cause for the requested extension,” especially given the “time-sensitive nature of this action.”