Right now, two towns on opposite sides of the U.S. are fighting to restrict business jet access at their local airports. On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice Airport is under siege; on the West Coast, it’s Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport that’s on the defensive. Although the two towns are going about their efforts differently, each has its airport in its sights and has already started shooting.
Santa Monica Airport
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has submitted a motion to serve as a friend of the court in the City of Santa Monica’s appeal to uphold its ordinance banning Category C and D jet traffic from Santa Monica Airport. Last year, the city tried to enact the ordinance, but the FAA issued a cease-and-desist order that was later backed by a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court.
ttle at Southern California’s Santa Monica Airport, which is trying to ban approach category C and D aircraft from operating at the airport. The City of Santa Monica is planning to appeal the latest FAA decision, which again rejected the ban.
The FAA issued a 57-page opinion early last month affirming its decision that the City of Santa Monica, Calif., does not have the ability to prevent certain types of large business jets from operating at Santa Monica Airport.
The City of Santa Monica’s longstanding effort to ban Category C and D aircraft from operating into Santa Monica Airport was again blocked last month, this time by an FAA hearing officer who ruled on the FAA Part 16 dispute between the city and the FAA.
On Friday, the City of Santa Monica’s longstanding effort to ban category C and D aircraft from operating into Santa Monica Airport was again blocked, this time by an FAA hearing officer who ruled on the FAA Part 16 dispute between the city and the FAA.
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.
Last week, the city of Santa Monica, Calif., was defending its stance on trying to keep larger jets from using Santa Monica Airport at an FAA Part 16 hearing in Long Beach. The Part 16 process is used to address complaints against federally assisted airports like Santa Monica. In this case, the FAA instituted the Part 16 process.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., filed an appeal to the court injunction that precludes Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from imposing a ban on Category C and D airplanes using the airport. The city’s ordinance banning such airplanes, with approach speeds greater than 121 knots, is intended to reduce the risk of faster jets landing and taking off on SMO’s 4,973-foot runway, which is hemmed in by houses.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., expects that the next step in its ongoing battle over runway restrictions at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) will be oral arguments later this year or early next year. Last week the city filed a reply brief in the Ninth Circuit court challenging the preliminary injunction and FAA interim cease-and-desist order, which prevented the city from implementing a ban on category C and D aircraft operations at the airport.