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Dangerous Precedent set by FAA

Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Richard Wyeroski, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yes FAA Administrator Has screwed the Aviation Industy one last time before his departure from office. Huerta has set a dangerous precedent by allowing the City of Santa Monica California to shorten the airports runway. It is clear that the city did this to stop airlines and corporate jets from using the airport.

    FAA has now set a very dangerous precedent for other cities around the country to do the same thing. It is a known fact that Huerta has no formal aviation experience. Allowing a city to clearly damage an airport by making the runway too short will cause the airport to loose many of it's based aircraft. It will greatly effect the airport and eventually force it to close.

    The city is planing on replacing the airport with a park. How stupid can the FAA be by allowing this to occur?

    Huerta has shown that he does not have a clue what he is doing.

    Santa Monica will spend millions of taxpayer dollars destroying the airport....

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    Dangerous Precedent......HOW STUPID
    FAA Publishes New Runway, Taxiway Configuration For KSMO


    Runway Now Only 3,500 Feet Long
    The FAA has published the new runway and taxiway configuration for Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) following the shortening of the runway by the city.

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    According to a Santa Monica Tower Letter to Airmen issued by Robert Russ, Air Traffic Manager, Santa Monica Tower, pilots are advised that Santa Monica Municipal Airport Runway 03/21 is shortened from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet.

    Distance remaining signage will be located at 1000 foot increments, south of runway 21.

    Pilots should expect to exit the runway at a designated taxiway only.

    • A1/B1— New taxiway location
    • A2/B2— Existing taxiways
    • A3/B3— New taxiway location
    • A4/B4— Existing taxiways, new name
    • A5/B5— New taxiways, new name
    Do not exit the runway between marked exits, use the taxiways.

    Pilot should also expect new hold areas on Alfa and Bravo in the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest corners of the airport under IFR weather conditions.

    Temporarily, the run up areas on the east side of the airport will be other than as noted on published charts. The old South East run up area will remain in affect. Pilots can expect to get taxi clearance to the old South East run up area and THEN a separate taxi clearance to the runway once the run up is complete.

    On the west side of the airport, run up areas are cut outs in the infield area between A3 & A2 and B3 & B2

    When the new run up areas are constructed, they will be abeam A5 and B5. These will be movement areas.

    Due to the shortened runway, from December 23, 2017 until February 1, 2018, only the VOR-A and visual approaches will be available. All RNAV departures are available.

    Pilots are encouraged to ask SMO ATC for clarification or help at any time they are uncertain or think they need additional assistance.

    Pilots should review NOTAM's prior to operating at Santa Monica Airport.



    FMI: www.smgov.net/departments/airport
     
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  2. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    The FAA has been doing this for at least 21 years that I know of, mostly to satellite reliever airports.
     
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  3. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    .....this is a pure political move and FAA under Huerta allowed it!
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ...the alphabet groups and pilot groups are too small to make any stoppage once the political wheels turn. Real estate that airports occupy is, for some strange reason, prime. Again, the bean counters, can manipulate the numbers for whatever reason to justify their position.

    Because of the manipulation of funds, municipalities have had to make unpopular choices. Sometimes the choices were purely political (Meigs).

    Hopefully, the "great pilot" will keep aviation real estate for its intended purpose. Once the concrete is gone, it's very hard to put back. Too many fields have been closed because of the manipulation of funds.

    Sometimes, "the Swamp" has pockets outside the "beltway". "Drain the Swamp Pockets" too!!
     
  5. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    We know once taxpayer funds are accepted for airport improvements, the 20 year clock starts. It is an agreement between FAA and local government that the airport has to be an airport for the next 20 years.

    The Santa Monica Mayor has an agenda and is most likely in the pocket of big real estate.

    I would like to see the new administrator, reverse this ...really ....really dumb decision by Huerta to allow this!!
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    There is no doubt that there is an agenda for most airports. Even NextGen has problems with the public and the terminal routes to the airports. The less than transparent process has landed the agency in hot water with the legal system. The agency builds into the budget legal costs that run in the millions.

    Hopefully, the "great pilot" can get the agency to "do the right thing" and support aviation safety and not to use it as an excuse to shut airports down. People buying real estate around airports shouldn't complain when the noise comes. Cities shouldn't be allowed to encroach on established safety areas and use the encroachment as an excuse to reduce a runway length.

    "Drain the Swamp and pockets too"!!
     
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    This 'Precedent' will go away with him.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Stupid rich liberals eroding rights? Can't wait to watch more stupid rich liberal's seaside homes erode into the ocean. The 'Big One' will get the rest.
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ....maybe a New Year's resolution, Make Aviation Great Again?? We'll see what happens in Congress and a reauthorization. It's hard to do things without a budget.

    By losing the left coast, does the middle move more to the "right"?
     
  10. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I don't believe the fudge the mayor is dishing out from Santa Monica. The plan is not a park, but more housing so they all can make it big.......It is interesting that the airport had fire bombers taking off to help put out the recent wild fires......The next emergency will have to go somewhere else, since the runway is now too short and can not be used for these aircraft!
     
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    ....I remember as a boy working at an airport, overhearing a comment by a board member, "why can't we buy approach plates at the second hand store?" This board member had no aviation experience and yet was in charge of making decisions.

    If the aviation world isn't "righted", we will be dammed to "buying things at a second hand store". It's time for Congress to fully fund aviation or let it go to those who can.

    Put up, or shut up!! "Make Aviation Great Again"!!!
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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  13. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    You could cut half of the FAA management and 75% of the lawyers and it could not effect the agency.

    FAA is getting a 30% budget cut and we will see programs like the "FAST TEAM" go, which costs 30 million a year alone. When half of THe FAA's 17.7 Billion.....BILLION dollar budget is salary, it shows why the agency has not be too effective in anything they do.

    When the new administrator takes over on Jan 20th he will see the waste. I am sure The DOT SECREATARY (appointed by President Trump) all ready has a RIF list all ready.

    I was always concerned how FAA management wasted money when I was an Inspector. They did not care and one of the reasons I was forced out of the agency is because I actually tried to do a good job!.....!
     
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    ...can't count how many good programs the agency.got flushed down the toilet. Every "empire building management group" has tried to make a legacy and cost millions of wasted dollars. Some of the failed programs have cost lives and ruined some good employees.

    The agency management has purposely pitted employees against each other buy saying GA is less complex than Air Carrier, so they don't need to pay employees as much. If they put the same amount of resources in GA, they could slow the accident rate. GA is made to feel like 2nd fiddle.

    The agency is way too top heavy. Going from 19 to 44 SES leaders in Standards is putting the CG over the top. The attorneys are needed because of all the legal troubles the agency gets into. Then they all take forever to do their job that would take private practice 90 days to complete.

    The agency wants to be more agile and streamlined. How can it be agile when it takes years to certify an operator? Years to make a rule? Having inconsistent orders and processes? They try to use bandaids to fix things rather than doing a comprehensive fix.

    If anyone has seen a government committee trying to work a problem would understand why there is so much wasted. So much time is wasted in indecision and creating unintended consequences. They continue to use the "tombstone mentality" even today.

    "Drain the Swamp" and hire "can do" people that supports the field!!
     
  15. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    9/11 is an example of FAA ineffectiveness. No one made a decision to do anything. Management literally went to lunch instead of authorizing the military to act!

    Days after 9/11, FAA was shut down by Washington management.

    Try and apply for any kind of certification! It takes years.....!

    The agency needs to be disbanded...........

    2018 will be the big year.....
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    BTW the new administrator can reverse this so called FAA decision to shorten this runway effectively making the airport unusable to many aircraft!.....time will tell
     
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    ... hopefully, the "great pilot* will reverse a lot of things. Especially, the ones that have no added safety value and adds to the burocratic system. Management "empire building" for legacy and their "high 3", should be shown the door and locked behind them.

    "Happy 2018" and "Drain the Swamp"!!
     
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    ...800 Indy is so toxic right now. I am hopeful that the "great pilot" doesn't get "set up" by all those that used the "revolving door" and those who think their "empire" will get threatened. Mr. Babbitt got run "out a town" more than likely from "deep state".

    Hopefully, Congress will have a budget in a couple of weeks, so the "great Pilot" can "Make Aviation Great Again"!! There are a lot of aviation project that need attention. There are other "house cleaning" items that need tending to as well.

    It's time to "remove" the barriers that makes aviation unusable by many just for enjoyment or are trying to run a small business. Supposedly, there were 50+ regulations that were deemed outdated and unnecessary. There are so many orders and other documents that are outdated and unnecessary too.

    With the structure changes in Safety Standards, there are gaps where you could fly a 747 through. The field has no support and is doing more with less. Many offices are short handed and some have no OPS Inspectors.

    The system is not a 100%. It's just pure luck that the "big one" has happened. All those who are taking credit aren't giving thanks to those who are "flipping switches" and "turning wrenches". The overnight misses quite a bit because the computer program that determines risk, doesn't see everything.

    Maybe the new beginning will start next week. Hopefully, we'll hear who the "great pilot" is.
     
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    He's an Obozo appointed puppet. What do you expect out of him but anti everything common sense?
     
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