September 2003

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

MEIGS IN CALIFORNIA? By Jay White

With his midnight destructive raid on Meigs Field Chicago Mayor Daley sounded a wakeup call for California airport supporters. Most California airport supporters have heard of the high visibility arrogance of the mayor in arbitrarily tearing up the Meigs runway with no public hearings or notice. His action was so precipitous, rapid and drastic that the media gave it wide coverage.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

MEIGS IN CALIFORNIA? By Jay White

With his midnight destructive raid on Meigs Field Chicago Mayor Daley sounded a wakeup call for California airport supporters. Most California airport supporters have heard of the high visibility arrogance of the mayor in arbitrarily tearing up the Meigs runway with no public hearings or notice. His action was so precipitous, rapid and drastic that the media gave it wide coverage.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

An Overview of the FAA Contract Tower Program

By Colleen Turner
On Wednesday July 16, 2003, Duane Howard, San Carlos Airport Air Traffic Manager, delivered a presentation at the San Carlos Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) general membership meeting. During his presentation, I learned that San Carlos Airport is part of the FAA Contract Tower Program (FCT) and that Duane works for a company called Serco Management Services Inc., not the FAA. After hearing Duane speak, I decided to do a little research about the FCT Program.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

An Overview of the FAA Contract Tower Program

By Colleen Turner
On Wednesday July 16, 2003, Duane Howard, San Carlos Airport Air Traffic Manager, delivered a presentation at the San Carlos Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) general membership meeting. During his presentation, I learned that San Carlos Airport is part of the FAA Contract Tower Program (FCT) and that Duane works for a company called Serco Management Services Inc., not the FAA. After hearing Duane speak, I decided to do a little research about the FCT Program.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Politics And Your Right To Fly

By Bob Littlefield
(Because Bob Littlefield is a Scottsdale City Councilman, general aviation pilot and flight instructor, his observations and suggestions are as instructive in California as in Arizona. Ed.)
If you have been paying attention to the news in Arizona you know that the hottest aviation-related topic amongst the non-flying public in our area is complaints about aircraft noise and over flights. Phoenix Sky Harbor, Scottsdale, Chandler, Sedona and Payson airports have all had to battle complaints from residents who claim that aircraft using these airports create unacceptable levels of noise that disturb their lives. Luke AFB, Williams-Gateway Airport and Stellar Airpark are fighting to prevent nearby residential development that could eventually restrict their operations or even force their closure. And even in the sparsely populated rural areas near Prescott residents concerned about aircraft noise have delayed plans to build a satellite-training airport for Embry-Riddle.