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.
Hawaii is considering legislation that would create a state agency to manage all airports. Whatever makes sense needs to be enacted now to make Hawai’i ready for this once-in-a-decade flow of airport funds.
Airline economics and competition are considered to be separate from SAFETY, but it would be naïve to discount that pressure on the bottom line. Thus, it is instructive to review significant issues on the money-making side of airline ventures.
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 possible UAS commercial uses are endlessly promising. For construction and architecture, drone capabilities could transcend the industry.
Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office included his “American Energy & Infrastructure Act,” which would “spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years.” The next 100 days hold the potential for great advantage and great harm to aviation infrastructure. This is a call for experienced professionals to proffer practical and realistic ideas.
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.
Washington State aviation associations are proposing $40 aviation license plates. $12 would cover licensing fees and the remaining $28 would support aviation-specific initiatives such as airport infrastructure, economic development and statewide aviation awareness.