LVKLIVERMORE — The city has begun the process of renovating the Livermore Municipal Airport and establishing a maintenance facility to provide airplane repairs, refueling and other services for air travelers.

The City Council unanimously approved measures Monday to authorize the city to enter agreements with private companies in the area for the construction of a new administration building at the airport, along with a new gourmet restaurant with a well-known chef.

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LVKLivermore will begin negotiating a lease with Five Rivers Aviation, LLC, to serve as a full service fixed base operator (FBO) at the Livermore Airport.

The city council approved the negotiations by a unanimous vote (Laureen Turner absent). Councilmembers noted that negotiations did not mean a contract would be signed. Once negotiations are completed, the agreement will come back to the council for a public hearing.

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snoopyLIVERMORE — After two weeks moored in the muck at Livermore Municipal Airport, MetLife chief blimp pilot Bret Viets eyed the afternoon’s dark clouds, waiting for a break in the weather. The previous day, Viets’ lighter-than-air vessel, “Snoopy Two,” provided aerial coverage of an Oakland Raiders game. His work finished, he bided his time before heading south to San Diego.

An airship pilot for five years, Viets is a rare breed. He estimates there are only about two dozen such pilots in the U.S.

“It’s fun,” Viets said. “I enjoy meeting new people. That’s as much a part of our job as flying.”

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“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts flew a small plane over San Francisco with pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Roberts witnessed Sullenberger’s perfect landing on the Hudson River in 2009 from her apartment window, and wanted to meet the celebrated pilot. “I’ve never seen San Francisco quite like this,” Roberts said. ABC News

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On Monday evening,March 22, 2010 the Livermore City Council held a public meeting to review, discuss, and act on several different airport resolutions. There was a nice showing of concerned pilots from the aviation community. Of the nine citizens who addressed the City Council regarding the airport issues, all but two spoke in favor of supporting the airport resolutions. The main concern of those two who had concerns pertained to noise.

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