July 2009

Airport Support

Power Plants and Airports Don’t Mix

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Andy Wilson Director-at-Large

You may not be aware that two new power plant developments have been proposed within 1.5 miles of Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), and that more are planned in close proximity of other state airports. No surprise, as incentive the power company offered Hayward a very large sum of “community money” if the projects were approved (Editor’s Note: This article is from the March 2009 newsletter. Please read on as there are many more planned in close proxinmity to airports in the state).

Researching the aviation issues associated with the operation of the proposed 50 Megawatt (and larger) power plants within HWD airspace exposed the potential dangers to aircraft operations, which were being ignored, or downplayed.

Aviation Interest

Flying Seabird Safe During the Breeding Season

The waters surrounding the Farallon Islands support the largest concentrations of breeding seabirds in the contiguous United States. Year after year thousands of seabirds return to nest, breed, and rear their young on rocks and cliffs. Between the months of March and August it is the most sensitive time period for the reproduction and survival of seabird populations. Seabirds breed, lay and incubate their eggs, and rear their chicks. Seabirds are long-lived animals with low reproductive rates and are susceptible to climate variability, prey availability and oceanic conditions.

Aviation Interest

Flying Seabird Safe During the Breeding Season

The waters surrounding the Farallon Islands support the largest concentrations of breeding seabirds in the contiguous United States. Year after year thousands of seabirds return to nest, breed, and rear their young on rocks and cliffs. Between the months of March and August it is the most sensitive time period for the reproduction and survival of seabird populations. Seabirds breed, lay and incubate their eggs, and rear their chicks. Seabirds are long-lived animals with low reproductive rates and are susceptible to climate variability, prey availability and oceanic conditions.

Aviation Interest

DHS IG Raps TSA for its anti-GA Campaign

General aviation operations present such a

limited and hypothetical threat to security that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not need to increase its regulatory oversight of general aviation, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The TSA is part of the DHS.

Aviation Interest

DHS IG Raps TSA for its anti-GA Campaign

General aviation operations present such a

limited and hypothetical threat to security that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not need to increase its regulatory oversight of general aviation, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The TSA is part of the DHS.