The city of Sacramento, which owns Sacramento Executive but leases its operation to the county, is once again talking about closing the airport and developing the land for thousands of homes and a job center. But the airport is part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, has federal grant obligations, and was given to the city as military surplus property (that means the property must be operated as an airport or revert back to the federal government). AOPA already has discussed the city’s plans with the FAA. “There’s no way that the FAA is going to allow this valuable airport in this metropolitan area to go by the wayside,” said AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn. “But we aren’t relying on just the FAA. AOPA will take all action necessary to ensure Sacramento continues to operate as a general aviation facility.” The city previously had toyed with the idea of closing the airport in the late 1980s.
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