Oceanside Fight Moves To Congress

AOPA is not letting up on its efforts to block the City of Oceanside from trying to close its airport. The association is making sure Congress knows what the city is up to, particularly since the House aviation subcommittee held a field hearing this week on “future aviation capacity needs in Southern California” in nearby Corona. “I hope the work of your committee will serve to highlight the increased aviation demand that is occurring in Southern California and the resulting need to preserve and expand all segments of the aviation infrastructure in this region,” AOPA President Phil Boyer wrote to Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.). “Oceanside’s location, adjacent to the Interstate 5 corridor and the Oceanside Marina, makes it a critical part of San Diego County’s aviation transportation network.”Remarking on a recent city council vote to study closing the airport, Boyer said that the council’s action was “surprising given other local efforts to expand both airline and general aviation airport capacity in the region.” Congress is critical to protecting the airport because only an act of Congress would allow the city to close it. That’s because the city used federal funds to buy airport land, and that obligated the city to keep the airport open forever.

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