On Friday, the City of Santa Monica’s longstanding effort to ban category C and D aircraft from operating into Santa Monica Airport was again blocked, this time by an FAA hearing officer who ruled on the FAA Part 16 dispute between the city and the FAA.
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The city of Santa Monica, Calif., in late March was at an FAA Part 16 hearing in Long Beach defending its stance on trying to keep larger jets from using Santa Monica Airport. The Part 16 process, which the FAA started in this case, is used to address complaints against federally assisted airports such as Santa Monica. The city and the airport have long held that they have the right to restrict traffic at the airport to enhance safety.
Last week, the city of Santa Monica, Calif., was defending its stance on trying to keep larger jets from using Santa Monica Airport at an FAA Part 16 hearing in Long Beach. The Part 16 process is used to address complaints against federally assisted airports like Santa Monica. In this case, the FAA instituted the Part 16 process.
The Burbank-Glendale Airport Authority last month delivered to the FAA the first-ever application for airport access restrictions that would apply to Stage 3 aircraft. The authority spent eight years and $6.5 million on the application, including submitting a preliminary workup in 2003 to solicit intermediate guidance from the FAA.
Yesterday the Burbank-Glendale Airport Authority delivered to the FAA the first-ever application for airport access restrictions that would apply to Stage 3 aircraft. “No other airport has completed a Part 161 noise restriction study,” said airport spokesman Victor Gill.
The Robert F. Maguire Heliport opened on December 4 in Los Angeles. The new heliport is located atop the 15-story Grand Ave. Garage at 240 West Venice next to the I-10 Freeway. It will serve corporate and EMS customers accessing California Hospital, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, the University of Southern California and L.A. Live.
Schubach Aviation has introduced the Schubach Jet Card, a premier membership program. Benefits include 5-percent savings on all Schubach flights, a risk-free refundable balance, complimentary in-flight service, concierge service and priority availability and upgrades. Schubach Aviation is based at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., and recently announced a second location at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.
Two new maintenance facilities have joined the Crownair Aviation portfolio: RoigWest Maintenance, a turbine aircraft maintenance service and support center at Van Nuys Airport, and West Coast Jet Services at McClellan Palomar Airport (CRQ), which will now be known as Crownair Aviation-CRQ.
Corsair Aviation, owner of two Part 135 charter companies, has purchased charter/management firm ACM Aviation, based at California’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. ACM used to be an FBO as well as a charter/management company, but sold the FBO portion–called San Jose Jet Center–to Atlantic Aviation parent Macquarie Infrastructure in August last year. Corsair will operate the three charter companies separately.
A draft environmental impact report for Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport’s “Noisier Aircraft Phaseout” project suggests that most aircraft might divert to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to avoid new noise restrictions at Van Nuys. The restrictions would be imposed in phases, starting on Jan. 1, 2009, with a ban on aircraft arriving or departing Van Nuys with takeoff noise levels of 85 dBA or more, dropping to 77 dBA on Jan. 1, 2016.