Santa Monica, California

July 28, 2009 - 10:10am

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.

June 2, 2009 - 6:35am

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.

May 19, 2009 - 12:32pm

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.

May 1, 2009 - 7:47am

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.

March 26, 2009 - 11:53am

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.

December 31, 2008 - 4:34am

The Robert F. Maguire Heliport opened on December 4 in Los Angeles. The new heliport is located atop the 15-story Grand Ave. Garage at 240 West Venice next to the I-10 Freeway. It will serve corporate and EMS customers accessing California Hospital, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, the University of Southern California and L.A. Live.

October 9, 2008 - 5:11am

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.

September 2, 2008 - 12:10pm

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.

August 29, 2008 - 11:13am

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.

August 12, 2008 - 11:02am

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.

 
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