AOPA Says No New Air Studies Needed At Santa Monica Airport | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.25.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.25.14 **
** Airborne 07.23.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.23.14 **
** Airborne 07.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.21.14 **

Tue, May 09, 2006

AOPA Says No New Air Studies Needed At Santa Monica Airport

Legislators Pass Bill Anyway... But Group Still Fighting

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports it has called attention to a flaw in a California bill to the attention of state legislators. The bill would require the monitoring of taxi and idle operations for all aircraft at Santa Monica Municipal Airport in order to understand the air pollution impacts from idling jets on the surrounding community.

Important information, certainly... except that the study has already been done, and there are no negative health impacts.

In October 2005, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services' Toxics Epidemiology Program released a health assessment of the communities around Santa Monica Airport. There is no "evidence of elevated rates of mortality related to impaired lung function or heart disease... elevated rate of low-birth-weight births...[or] statistically elevated rates for any type of reported birth defect."

Last week, AOPA testified against Assembly Bill 2501 during a hearing before the Assembly National Resources Committee, and pointed that study out to legislators.

Despite AOPA's efforts, however, the bill passed -- and is now with the Assembly Appropriations Committee. That led the organization to go on record once again, to demonstrate the serious consequences the bill could have on GA.

"This bill would set a bad precedent for potential new restrictions on... hundreds of small GA airports," said Owen Sweeney, AOPA manager of state and local government affairs. "Very few GA airports have the personnel resources to meet the extensive and burdensome monitoring requirements of this bill, and many of these airports are not even attended around the clock."

Sweeney added that AOPA takes issue not only with the redundancy of the proposed study, but also with the staffing and cost burden it would place directly on airports and pilots.

You see, while the bill requires SMO to monitor environmental and health impact factors AOPA says do not exist... it does not provide state funding for the cost that would be required to hire staff to monitor all aircraft operations at the airport.

FMI: www.aopa.org

Advertisement

More News

It's Turbo Time! AeroVee Turbo Orders Now Accepted

Will Offer Significant Performance Boost For Sonex Aircraft Sonex Aircraft announced at a press and customer briefing Sunday morning that orders are now being accepted for the long>[...]

There's A New Light Sport Amphib Coming To The Block

MVP.Aero Introduces What It Calls The Worlds 'Most Versatile Plane' A new sport plane that is designed to operate from runways, water, and snow and ice was introduced Sunday aftern>[...]

Historic OSH2014 Sponsor: Bendix-King by Honeywell

OSH2014 Sponsor: Bendix-King by Honeywell The history of the Bendix name runs parallel to the development of King Radio until the mid-1980s, when the Allied Corporation purchased B>[...]

Revolutionary OSH2014 Sponsor -- Aviation Modifications Leaders

Aviation Modifications Leaders -- Unique Solutions For Critical Applications During two decades of designing, engineering and installation of Satcom systems with Honeywell (Allied >[...]

OSH2014 Sponsor: 'Super-App' ForeFlight

LONG-TIME ANN Sponsor, ForeFlight, Provides GREAT Guidance For Oshkosh 2014! ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by aviation entrepreneurs who set out to build elegant, high-performing >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC