Santa Monica, Calif. city officials said last month that they would not contest a federal court’s ruling that the city could not ban Category C and D aircraft from Santa Monica Airport. This brings to an end a three-year battle over such operations at the airport. “The council’s announcement follows a January 21 ruling by the U.S.
Santa Monica, California
NBAA welcomed an announcement last week by Santa Monica, Calif. city officials that they would not contest a federal court’s ruling that the city could not ban “Category C and D” aircraft from Santa Monica Airport. This brings to an end a three-year battle over such operations at the airport.
AOPA filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia) in the case of the city of Santa Monica (Calif.) versus the FAA. The city is trying to prevent Category C and D jets from using Santa Monica Airport.
The court overseeing the attempt by the City of Santa Monica, Calif., to ban Category C and D jets from Santa Monica Airport has set a schedule for briefings by interested parties. The city appealed the FAA’s decision that the ban isn’t legal with the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
A study of pollution generated by aircraft at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) has galvanized residents around the airport who have been fighting for many years to curtail aircraft operations and possibly given them new ammunition in their battle.
Right now, two towns on opposite sides of the U.S. are fighting to restrict business jet access at their local airports. On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice Airport is under siege; on the West Coast, it’s Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport that’s on the defensive. Although the two towns are going about their efforts differently, each has its airport in its sights and has already started shooting.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has submitted a motion to serve as a friend of the court in the City of Santa Monica’s appeal to uphold its ordinance banning Category C and D jet traffic from Santa Monica Airport. Last year, the city tried to enact the ordinance, but the FAA issued a cease-and-desist order that was later backed by a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court.
ttle at Southern California’s Santa Monica Airport, which is trying to ban approach category C and D aircraft from operating at the airport. The City of Santa Monica is planning to appeal the latest FAA decision, which again rejected the ban.
The FAA issued a 57-page opinion early last month affirming its decision that the City of Santa Monica, Calif., does not have the ability to prevent certain types of large business jets from operating at Santa Monica Airport.
The City of Santa Monica’s longstanding effort to ban Category C and D aircraft from operating into Santa Monica Airport was again blocked last month, 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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