Following the FAA determination that was published on December 4th., stating that grant assurances stemming from the construction of the runway 21 blast fence in 2003 must remain in effect until 2023 the City of Santa Monica requested a hearing with the FAA so that they might explain why the FAA was wrong and they were right. The FAA declined to grant that hearing today. We expect the city to appeal the original Part 16 decision to the FAA Administrator. We fully expect him to uphold the original determination. The city's last desperate move would then be to appeal the decision in the Federal Courts. We expect that they will in fact do that, and we are confident that they will again fail to make their case. One thing, though, is for certain–the citizens of Santa Monica will have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars of their taxes squandered yet again.
Supporters of Santa Monica Municipal Airport responded in a big way when asked to support the Santa Monica Fire Department's annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.Read more
Airport supporters give generously for second year to Spark of Love Toy Drive at SMO businesses.Read more
The Federal Aviation Administration ruled on December 4th, that the City of Santa Monica remains obligated to run Santa Monica Airport in accordance with current grant assurances until 2023. The decision, almost two years in the making, is well crafted and thorough and is expected to prevail in Federal Court. We consider this a solid victory in the battle to safeguard our airport. It puts an immediate stop to some of the most heinous proposals proffered by our venal and hostile city government. The full text is on our website here.Read more
The Fly SMO scholarship program for high school girls hit a minor snag last month when the Pipistrel LSA being used for training was damaged and had to be taken out of service at the original sponsor, Justice Aviation. This occurred just as the second scholar, Helen Lu, was about to begin training with our own Samira Zaina Abdelfattah, who is not only an accomplished airman but also works as ATC in the SMO tower. Several individual SMAA board members stepped forward and bought individual training flights through Charlie Thompson's Santa Monica Flyers using the Czech built SportCruiser LSA. Now, thanks to the magnanimous participation ($1000 restricted donation) of the Light Aircraft Cover Group, the SMAA can continue to support Helen in her quest to become a pilot. A most worthy endeavor indeed. If you would like to help, individual flights can be purchased directly through Santa Monica Flyers, located in the first hangar just west of the Typhoon restaurant, or click here to send it thru SMAA's Fly SMO Scholarship Fund now.