The city of Santa Monica, Calif., in late March was at an FAA Part 16 hearing in Long Beach defending its stance on trying to keep larger jets from using Santa Monica Airport. The Part 16 process, which the FAA started in this case, is used to address complaints against federally assisted airports such as Santa Monica. The city and the airport have long held that they have the right to restrict traffic at the airport to enhance safety.
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.