Municipal governments keep coming up with new ways to impede activity at their airports. Not to be out-done, the commissars of Grant-Valkaria in Brevard County, Florida, have come up with a novel approach to pressuring a privately-operated field, reports the AVweb newsletter.
On April Fools Day, no less, the town council will consider a resolution that would outlaw flight training, including recurrent training, at Valkaria Airport (X59). The ban comes in the form of a zoning amendment. That’s bound to catch the attention of the FAA, since the airport has received federal funding and the agency frowns on limiting aeronautical activity at airports that use its money.
According to AVweb, the town council is aware of the fight they will have on their hands but believe the threat of the ban will be enough to make aircraft owners find greener pastures for their passion. Meanwhile, local pilots are being urged to attend the April 1 meeting at the Town Hall to let their elected officials know their opinions.