Open Letter to the FAA Opposing Delano’s Airport Land Grab

I am writing to voice my opposition to the City Of Delano?s request to the FAA for release of more airport land for non-aviation purposes. Mr. Mark McClardy
Federal Aviation Administration
Western-Pacific Region
P.O. Box 92007
Los Angeles, CA 90009

Dear Mr. McClardy,

I am writing to voice my opposition to the City Of Delano?s request to the FAA for release of more airport land for non-aviation purposes.

The land requested for release is the most valuable to General Aviation and the only land left on the airport that has both street access, infrastructure and airport taxi-way access.

Airport users and citizens of Delano are also opposed to the proposed casino next to the airport restaurant. We ask that the FAA not release land requested for this project. Delano airport was a WWII army-training field. The City acquired the airport at no cost in the 1970?s from the County Of Kern under the US Government surplus property act.

It is my belief the City was never interested in operating an airport. They just wanted what they considered free land. After they acquired the airport they immediately took land to construct a road west of the runway to access an industrial park; most of the balance of this land was sold off. Approximately ten acres of this land is still unused.

They have taken airport land for the City Corporation Yard, as well as land for expansion of the City Golf Course. None of this loss of land benefited the airport financially. In the early 1990?s they tried to sell 150 acres of airport land to an ag nursery for $3,200.00 an acre while at the same time buying land for the industrial park south of the airport for $23,000.00 an acre. They again tried to take this same land in the early 2000?s for what they said would be a soccer park; your office wisely stopped both deals as not good for the airport.

The City claims that the airport looses money, but they operate it to the very minimums of standards and make no effort to promote it as the great asset it is to the public aviation transportation system. Please fill free to contact me any time.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Sam Kruger, ATP/CFI
AOPA ASN Rep DLO/CA

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