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By Bob Littlefield
CFI, CFII, ASC, AIGI, A&P
Scottsdale City Councilman

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General aviation should be poised to enjoy a Golden Age. Exciting new technologies are appearing almost every day. And with airline travel becoming less convenient and more humiliating, business travelers are turning to general aviation as never before. As a result airplane sales are up and the general aviation business is booming.

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By Bob Littlefield
(Because Bob Littlefield is a Scottsdale City Councilman, general aviation pilot and flight instructor, his observations and suggestions are as instructive in California as in Arizona. Ed.)
If you have been paying attention to the news in Arizona you know that the hottest aviation-related topic amongst the non-flying public in our area is complaints about aircraft noise and over flights. Phoenix Sky Harbor, Scottsdale, Chandler, Sedona and Payson airports have all had to battle complaints from residents who claim that aircraft using these airports create unacceptable levels of noise that disturb their lives. Luke AFB, Williams-Gateway Airport and Stellar Airpark are fighting to prevent nearby residential development that could eventually restrict their operations or even force their closure. And even in the sparsely populated rural areas near Prescott residents concerned about aircraft noise have delayed plans to build a satellite-training airport for Embry-Riddle.

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