The city of Livermore, Calif., is preparing to give up its exclusive fueling operation at Livermore Municipal Airport, having awarded a contract to Livermore Air Center to build a new FBO and hangars at the airport. A local group called Livermore Airport Citizens Group is opposing the move, claiming that the airport is going to become a “jetport” and add noise and pollution to the surrounding community. “Most FBOs today are jetports,” the group claimed on its Web site. It also expressed concern that allowing private companies to provide fueling services is a problem because the city can’t limit the number of “jet fueling stations” that operate 24 hours a day.
The 10 acres allotted for the new FBO, the group added, “will be like a strip mall for commercial aviation businesses,” and the increase in activity “will promote and attract more jets.” Another concern of the group’s is that the proposal for new hangars is a plan “to build luxury hangars for corporate and commuter jets.” What the group wants, it said, is to “retain our small recreational airport and the valley’s quality of life.”