Tulare Airport supporters won an important point in court September 30, 2005 when Superior Court Judge Melinda Reed ruled that the City of Tulare had not complied with state law. The California Pilots Association (CalPilots) had filed a lawsuit in 2004 to protect the airport after the City Council had taken action threatening the airport. The Council adopted an ordinance taking the airport land use planning function away from the Tulare County Airport Land Use Commission and giving it to the City Planning Commission. The planning commission then gave to the Knight Transportation Corporation a permit to build a trucking terminal in the safety zone for Runway 13. CalPilots alleged that the trucking terminal was an airport hazard and was prohibited by state law.
Named as defendants, are the City of Tulare, Knight Trucking Corporation, and the California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics. The complaint alleged that the Division of Aeronautics had failed to use its enforcement power, and should cause the Knight Tulare Airport hazard to be removed. Judge Reed set October 21 for an additional hearing.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to the non-stop hard work of Jay White, President of the California Pilots Association!