Bizav Scores Win as SDL Weight Limit Increased

 - October 19, 2009, 11:37 AM

NBAA on Friday praised the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) and local city leaders in Scottsdale, Ariz., on the decision last week to raise the aircraft weight limit for Scottsdale Airport from 75,000 to 100,000 pounds. The move, which NBAA said will attract more business and economic activity to the community, follows more than a year of advocacy work by the AZBAA. The Scottsdale city council’s unanimous vote to raise the aircraft weight limit was hailed by AZBAA president Mike Goode as a vote to “keep the business of multinational companies that use Scottsdale Airport. We’re very pleased.” Goode and AZBAA members mobilized a grassroots campaign to support lifting the aircraft weight limit, which included letter-writing, attending meetings and advocating directly with city council members. According to Goode, some companies that had wanted to base their flight operations out of Scottsdale could not do so because the weight limit restricted the full capability of their aircraft. “The council’s approval of this measure amounts to a win-win for the business aviation community and the city,” Goode said. “It means Scottsdale will be able to strengthen its position as an international destination for business, commerce and even tourism.”