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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The year in pictures

Aircraft have to be the most picture-worthy mode of transportation (an objective opinion if I’ve ever read one) — and we’d like to see your best shots of 2014. These should be your photos you’ve taken in 2014.  I can’t think of a better way to cap off 2014 than sharing your great pictures in our two December print issues.

Email your photo (be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description and the full name of anyone in the photo) to Editor Janice Wood

Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.

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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GA challenges benefits of ADS-B

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An FAA-sponsored “call to action” summit to encourage the aviation industry to equip to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) brought general aviation advocates out in force, with one message: The costs outweigh the benefits for GA pilots.

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