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FBOs Wvicted at santa Monica Airport: AVweb

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by Lord Leighton, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    FBOs Evicted At Santa Monica Airport

    By Elaine Kauh | September 16, 2016

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    The city of Santa Monica issued eviction notices to two FBOs on the field, just days after one of them, Atlantic Aviation, filed a federal complaint in its fight to remain at the airport. Atlantic, which operates FBOs across the country, charges that the city’s efforts to limit fuel sales and other aviation-related activities at KSMO runs against the airport’s long-term obligation to the FAA to keep the airport operating. American Flyers, which operates flight schools in multiple states, also received a 30-day notice from the city, which is trying to close the airport for development. Atlantic’s lawyers have asked the FAA in the complaint to take “corrective action” against the city for obstructing its operations, according to a report in the Santa Monica Lookout. “The City’s objectives are now crystal clear: fight the FAA for ‘local control’ of SMO in the courts and, in the interim, undertake any measure at its disposal to severely curtail or discourage air traffic at SMO,” the complaint says.

    The FAA has said in the ongoing legal disputes that federal funding obligations require KMSO to stay open until at least 2023. In a recent letter to the city reacting to the City Council's decision to shut down the airport by 2018, the agency said it would take legal action to prevent the restriction of airport operations. But the city has pressed on with plans to close the field in the next couple of years and redevelop the land as a park and business district, vacating airport business spaces and aircraft tiedowns while raising landing fees. As far as the city is concerned, Atlantic no longer fits the needs there. "Atlantic Aviation caters to people who can afford to travel by luxurious private jet," Nelson Hernandez, a senior advisor to the city, told the Lookout. Anti-airport activists have long argued that aircraft cause noise, pollution and safety problems for city residents. The Los Angeles Daily News noted in a pro-airport editorial this week that those complaints have been ongoing since the post-war era, when Douglas Aircraft was unable to expand there and moved to Long Beach after building military aircraft at KSMO during World War II. Meanwhile, business jets increased their activity there over the decades, fueling calls to close the airport.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Who wants to bet that the FAA under the current Adminstration won't do anything to stop this dictatorial act.
     
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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Ask the lawyers- Why doesn't the city of Santa Monica repay the FAA grants? Then the FAA would have no grounds for objection. Seems to me it would be cheaper than all the litigation.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    The 'City' is run by scamming liberals and their lawyer buddies? Kickbacks? o_O
     
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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Exactly! The 'contributions' are coming from the developers. The sooner the airport closes, the sooner the 'contributions' will start. The politicians should be wanting to complete this while they are still in office. The quickest way to close the airport is to remove the FAA's objections. Repaying the FAA's federal grants will remove the FAA's objections. So... Why don't the politicians do it?
     
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    I just wonder if the so called "neighbors" knew SMO existed before they bought and moved into the area. The airport, originally known as Clover Field has been in operation since the early 20th Century. Douglas Aircraft was headquartered there, and delivered many of the DC category of airplanes from the DC-1 through the DC-7, plus many other military aircraft. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, ISN'T IT? There always seem to be two motivating forces in play when something like this happens....POWER & MONEY. Looks like the city of Santa Monica is after both this time.
     
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    o_O;)
     
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    Simple. They moved into the area under the auspices of assimilation with the intentions of taking over instead. Very similar to what radical Islamic terrorists are doing under cover hiding among the imported refugees to any corner of the world that they can (enabled by corrupt 'leaders'). Corruption is rampant everywhere. o_O:mad:....
    Btw: For those of us who may be Christians, the 'Anti-Christ' is NOT to be confused with a singular person (aka, Hillary, Obama, etc.), It is in fact 'The Establishment'.
     
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    Douglas Aircraft Co. moved to Long Beach because of constraints at SMO. History repeats itself as concerns airports. An airport is built. It becomes a big part of the local economy. New business builds around the new economic hub. New residences are built around the new business. The airport eventually becomes surrounded with growth. The growth becomes sustainable without the airport and the airport is deemed a nuisance. This is the point in history that SMO is at.

    Yes, the neighbors knew about it. Real estate contracts are required to make buyers aware of it. That won't stop people from bitching.
     
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