December 2005

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

USER FEES COULD HURT THOSE WHO WANT THEM THE MOST

Many of the nation’s biggest airlines are the strongest advocates for user fees. But a new white paper, “Turbulence ahead: How user fees could ground the FAA,” prepared by aviation industry expert Darryl Jenkins, shows that user fees could hurt both consumers and the airlines.” Jenkins’ research adds to the evidence that AOPA has been presenting against user fees,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “A user-fee funded aviation system is bad public policy, strongly opposed by general aviation pilots and, ironically, potentially harmful to the very people that it is supposed to benefit.” Jenkins reiterated AOPA’s position that the current FAA funding system works just fine.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Four California Airports Off-Limits To Some Homebuilts, Warbirds

The EAA says it’s making progress in reversing or modifying restrictions on experimental aircraft imposed on four busy California airports by the Van Nuys Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). In April of 2004, then-FSDO Manager Robyn Miller issued a memo that effectively barred some experimental aircraft from regular operations at Van Nuys, Whiteman, Burbank and Santa Barbara airports. Most experimentals are homebuilts but many warbirds are operated in the experimental category, also. The memo says that “phase II and ‘normal’ operations [by experimentals] will not be allowed” at the four airports although “exceptions may be made based upon current office policy, certification category, aircraft type and operator experience.” The memo did contain a grandfather clause allowing existing experimentals to continue using the fields until they are moved, sold or the nature of their operation is changed. The memo also bans initial flight and phase I testing of experimentals at the airports.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Oceanside Municipal Airport- Night Flights Return

Saturday, December 24, 2005
Night flights resume at Oceanside airport
By Lola Sherman
The San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune

OCEANSIDE – The runway lights are back on at Oceanside Municipal Airport after state officials allowed the resumption of night flights. Night flights were suspended in mid-November on orders of the state Department of Transportation because trees and structures were too close to the runway.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Oceanside Municipal Airport- Night Flights Return

Saturday, December 24, 2005
Night flights resume at Oceanside airport
By Lola Sherman
The San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune

OCEANSIDE – The runway lights are back on at Oceanside Municipal Airport after state officials allowed the resumption of night flights. Night flights were suspended in mid-November on orders of the state Department of Transportation because trees and structures were too close to the runway.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Airplanes Wrecked By Truck

An accident involving a collision that destroys all or part of two aircraft would normally make headlines across the country but this unfortunate mishap slipped below the media radar, perhaps because it was a pickup truck that did the damage.