California Urges FAA To Bar SMO Jets
The California state legislature has passed a bill that asks the FAA to abide by the city of Santa Monica’s attempt to bar certain jets from using Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The state assembly passed bill AJR 37 in July, and a majority of the senate voted for the bill last month. The bill, which is advisory only and carries no legal weight, encourages the FAA to work with the city and other local entities and officials “to honor the decision of the city of Santa Monica to increase safety precautions and restrict the use of Class C and D aircraft at SMO.” Category C and D aircraft have approach speeds above 121 knots. These types log about 9,000 operations per year at SMO.