Santa Monica access restrictions proposed

 - May 6, 2008, 6:56 AM

The Santa Monica (Calif.) Municipal Airport Commission has proposed an “aircraft conformance program” (ACP) that would effectively ban certain larger business jets at the Southern California field within six months, according to NBAA. The commission has recommended displacing the threshold by 300 ft at both ends of the airport’s nearly 5,000-ft runway and allowing only aircraft having wingspans of less than 79 ft and approach speeds of lower than 121 kt (approach category A or B only) to use the field. Violators could be fined up to $10,000 and arrested. NBAA and the FAA have urged the Santa Monica City Council not to adopt the ACP for two major reasons. The B-II Airport Reference Code upon which the ban is based is an airport design criterion and is not intended to limit operations. Also, the ban would allegedly violate federal law and a 1984 agreement between the city and aviation interests.