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.
Santa Monica, California
The Santa Monica (Calif.) Municipal Airport Commission has proposed an “aircraft conformance program” (ACP) that would effectively ban certain larger business jets at the Southern California field within six months, according to NBAA.
On April 10, Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport director Robert Trimborn sent a letter to airport users advising them that beginning April 24, “only aircraft in the FAA-designated A and B categories will be allowed to operate at SMO.” The rule would effectively ban jets with approach speeds greater than 121 knots. The FAA responded by issuing a cease-and-desist order on April 23, ordering the city to halt implementation of the ordinance.
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.
On October 2 NBAA filed a revised Part 16 complaint with the FAA asking the agency to investigate the new landing fees at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), Calif. The fees were adopted by the Santa Monica City Council on June 10 over the objections of NBAA and went into effect August 1.
A decision by the FAA that the landing-fee structure at California’s Santa Monica Airport (SMO) unjustly discriminates against certain types of aircraft has won praise
from NBAA, which last year filed a complaint with the agency.
NBAA member companies Bombardier Aerospace and Dassault Falcon Jet also filed a complaint about the fees with the agency. They argued that the fee schedule was discriminatory and unlawful.
Aircraft operators will continue to receive bills from the city for landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), despite an FAA finding last month that the city’s landing-fee structure unjustly discriminates against certain types of aircraft. The FAA issued its 60-page ruling to the airport following a complaint filed last year by NBAA and two of its member companies.
The seven-member Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to forward a proposal that would ban Category C and D jets, which includes Gulfstreams and Challengers, from Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport. If enacted, the ban would affect about half of the airfield’s 19,000 annual jet movements.