The battle over East Hampton Airport and the abortive attempt to impose access restrictions may not be over.
The quick demise of two successful airport businesses confirms that the airport will not last until 2028, the date that the City “promised” to keep its hated airport open.
The attractive aspects of airport growth also entail problems. The momentum for any method of adding or repurposing aviation facilities must involve national leadership and local loyalty.
Signature Flight Support Corporation filed a Part 13 Complaint against John Wayne Airport (SNA). The dollars to be dedicated to this SNA FBO award contest could well have been avoided at several points in the management of SNA.
On January 28, the aviation community woke up to a shocking announcement about the future of the Santa Monica Airport. The timing, as the Obama Administration left and the Trump Team arrived, added to both confusion and conspiracy theories. That the precise language of the FAA announcement and the City’s PR Release varied in important details added to the controversy and mystery.
The California Pilots Association (CPA) initiated a disaster-preparedness exercise designed for FEMA’s Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) for the Southern California region. It demonstrated as though a major earthquake has disrupted the area’s ground transportation and compromised the ordinary means of bringing emergency personnel and supplies.
Never has so much been written for so long (40 years), and with such anger as the battle over the closure Santa Monica’s airport. With a new air carrier offering service from SMO, and others advocating ignoring the FAA’s Cease and Desist Order, there is no end in sight.
The UK government issued a historic decision on a new runway for London’s Heathrow Airport, but similar to the US, this case suggests a crisis is needed to force NextGen support.