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.
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The California state legislature added to the debate about the safety of large jet operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) by passing a bill that asks the FAA to abide by the city of Santa Monica’s attempt to bar certain jets from using the airport. The state assembly passed bill AJR 37 in July, and a majority of the senate voted for the bill yesterday.
No offense intended to its participants, but aviation progress by the 1980s had become rather mundane by comparison with the incessant leaps and bounds of previous decades. Maybe it was a matter of butting up against the realities of aviation’s maturity, or maybe it was simply a product of the funk enveloping the west at the start of the 1980s.
AOPA is worried about an increase in charter and corporate aircraft operations squeezing out smaller general aviation aircraft at New Orleans Lakefront Airport if the FAA accepts a proposal for the Orleans Levee District to lease the airport to American Airports Corp.
The FAA has concluded that the city of Santa Monica, Calif., “is currently in violation of its federal obligations,” a determination made as an initial response to an FAR Part 16 investigation into the city’s adoption of an ordinance on March 25 banning Category C and D aircraft from operating at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Last month, the Santa Monica city council adopted an ordinance that increased the fines for repeat violations of the Santa Monica Airport noise abatement provisions from a maximum of $500 to as much as $10,000. The ordinance was adopted despite a written request from the FAA to defer action.
The city of Santa Monica’s latest attempt to prohibit operation of Category C and D jets at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport (SMO) is on hold again, following a U.S. District Court ruling. The court held a hearing to consider a temporary restraining order filed by the United States and the Department of Transportation after the city council voted in April to enact the ban on aircraft with approach speeds greater than 121 knots.
The FAA issued a cease-and-desist order late yesterday ordering Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport officials to halt implementation of an ordinance banning Category C and D aircraft at the field.
In its ongoing battle with the Santa Monica City Council, which is trying to figure out a way to restrict jet operations at California’s Santa Monica Airport, the FAA filed an Order to Show Cause against the city last Wednesday. The city council last week adopted an ordinance that prohibits category C and D jets from using the airport beginning April 24.
Business aviation operators traveling to Santa Monica Municipal Airport in California should be aware of a new city of Santa Monica law that severely increases the monetary penalty for violating the single-event noise limits. Check with Santa Monica Airport management or the FBOs there to make sure you fully understand the new enforcement procedure.