The Santa Monica City Council has approved a $3.5 million contract to shorten the sole runway at the municipal airport by more than a third, a move meant to drastically cut the jet traffic neighbors have long sought to stop, according to a story in the Santa Monica Lookout.
Reducing the length of the runway will reduce jet traffic by 44% and bring “immediate relief to neighboring residents through reduced noise and pollution,” the story quotes city officials.
Construction is set to begin this fall and be completed by the end of 2017, officials said. SMO will also be closed often from October through November from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, the story says, noting the airport is now open 24 hours a day for landings.
When Mike Jones, Chief Flight Instructor, and his student Kristine Beard taxied onto the runway Aug. 16, 2017, at the Central Flying Service Flight School, they made Arkansas aviation history.
That flying lesson marked 475,000 hours of flight training at Arkansas’ oldest and one of the nation’s longest continually operated flight schools. [Read more…]
The performance numbers for Chipper, the experimental two-place airplane kit from Belite Aircraft, have been updated, providing gains in airspeed, climb rate, and range over previously released figures.
Chipper is also benefiting from a gross weight increase, according to company officials. [Read more…]
Many people buy vanity license plates to show their aviation pride. AV8R or RAMPRAT or I FLY or hundreds of other clever plates are seen in airport parking lots around the country.
Some states allow residents to go one step further by offering aviation-themed license plates. [Read more…]