The opportunity to participate in the FAA’s 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 is ending soon. Nov. 30, 2012, is the last day selected aircraft owners/operators may submit information for the 2011 calendar year. For more information visit www.aviationsurvey.org/faqs, call toll-free at 888.672.4493, or send an email to InfoAviationSurvey@faa.gov.

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SMO1Fight Continues Over Airport Visioning Process – Goal of study’s Phase 3—transparency and trust—remains elusive as clock moves toward 2015.

Nearly seven months into the third phase of Santa Monica Airport’s “visioning process,” the struggle continues between the Airport Commission and city staffers over how comprehensive the process should be.

Specifically, the commission wants staff to be more assertive in studying scenarios for closing the airport in mid-2015, upon the expiration of the city’s operating agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration, or mitigating its negative impacts even sooner. (The FAA insists the 1984 agreement is binding until 2023).

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Truckee AirportTRUCKEE, Calif. – The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is accepting land leasing proposals for both public and private development, following an inquiry by one of the area’s largest employers.

Truckee-based Clear Capital, a national provider of real estate analytics and valuations, has approached the airport district with the idea of leasing property since it is looking for a long-term facility, preferably in Truckee, to house its headquarters, said Kevin Marshall, co-founder and president of the company.

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logo sm.gifFriday, November 23, 2012 – Allegiant’s first flight to Hawaii leaves Santa Maria airport Nipomo resident among group of first passengers. (CalPilots Editors Note: This is good news for the airport, and just a heads up that there may be new airline traffic coming to an airport you use or plan to visit.)

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We are posting this article because the state returns only 2% of the aviation generated taxes collected, back to support aviation. It is an interesting view into what happens when politicians and state officials are forced to get “creative” to fund projects that may not have been thought all the way through. We should all become more aware of this statewide problem to help us recognize when it is happening, then asking the difficult questions before, rather than after the damage is done to our airports.

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A research agency is conducting a survey for the FAA and the Airport Cooperative Research Program on pilot experience with solar energy facilities at airports. Airports with these facilities include Bagdad, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, and Ernest A. Love Field in Arizona; Meadows Field, Bob Hope, Fresno Yosemite International, Long Beach, Metropolitan Oakland International, Redding…

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Pilot’s Family Said Structure Was Purposely Designed To Avoid FAA Visibility Requirements – Ag pilot Stephen Allen was fatally injured in January, 2011, after his airplane struck a 198-foot-tall meteorological tower that, according to the NTSB’s probable cause report, he likely did not see. His family has filed suit against the tower’s builders, saying it was purposely designed to avoid FAA visibility requirements.

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San Rafael Airport MarinSan Rafael Airport MarinSoccer Complex Hearing Postponed Following Allegation of Mayor’s Conflict of Interest – Monday’s public hearing for the San Rafael Airport’s proposed soccer complex was rescheduled so Mayor Gary Phillips, who has a lease with the airport, could obtain written approval from a state agency that will allow him to participate in the decision.

The planned public hearing on the San Rafael Airport‘s proposed soccer facility has been postponed following an allegation that Mayor Gary Phillips should recuse himself from the meeting due to a conflict of interest.

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