The following post is written by California Pilots Association President Ed Rosiak. Suffice it to say, airports are vital, and must be protected. – Ben Sclair, Publisher
The Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) was first introduced in California in the 70’s, after the tragic crash of a surplus Military Jet into a Ferrell’s Ice Cream Store, located across the street, and at the end of a runway at Sacramento Exec Airport.
Since then the California Division of Aeronautics has done an incredible job creating rules and guidelines in the form of the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook to assist in the determination of compatible land development around California airports. Unfortunately, since these are guidelines and are not law, they are often ignored by the airport sponsor, which is either the city or county the airport is located in.