Google Jets Gain Access to NASA Field

AINalerts » September 13, 2007
September 13, 2007, 11:37 AM

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are being criticized for a deal they struck with NASA to base a VIP Boeing 767-200 and two Gulfstream Vs at the space agency's Moffett Field, minutes away from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Moffett Field was transferred from the Navy to NASA in the early 1990s, but community opposition has prevented expanding the airport's use to general aviation or air cargo operations. However, Google's founders seem to have found a loophole: they've recently forged an agreement with NASA that allows the agency to place scientific instruments and researchers on the airplanes in return for allowing them to operate from Moffett. In fact, NASA used one of the GVs to allow researchers to observe the Aurigid meteor shower on August 31. “Private operators are eager to fly out of Moffett,” Xojet chief marketing officer Nick Solinger told AIN. However, he said this is unlikely to happen due to strong community opposition and “significant investment” needed to update hangars and bring in FBO services there.

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