Palmdale AirportPalmdale Mayor Jim Ledford has long dreamed of building his city’s airport into a regional air traffic hub. But two decades into his tenure in office, Palmdale Regional Airport has no commercial flights.

But the City Council is expected to take steps that could begin to change that. Council members are poised to adopt an agreement Wednesday that could eventually give it oversight of key portions of the airport now controlled by the city of Los Angeles through Los Angeles World Airports.

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Report finds LAX operators ignored requirements to disperse air traffic – A 2006 settlement required L.A. World Airports to regionalize air traffic, but an L.A. County report asserts the city made only ‘token efforts’ to comply (CalPilots Editor’s Note: While this article doesn’t affect most GA pilots, it is important to understand that politics and money can be key factors in airport operations and planning. The same thing happens on a smaller scale to our GA airports when the sponsor allows a non-compatible development in an area it should not).

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