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Going Direct: FAA As The Enemy


The agency’s blindsiding GA on its Santa Monica capitulation was more than the alphabets could take. 

A couple of weeks ago when the FAA made the surprise announcement—“surprise” as in Pearl Harbor and not Happy Birthday, by the way—we weighed in that the move was something we’d never seen the agency do before. Our suggestion, you might recall, was not to take it lying down, but to say “hell, no.” Thankfully, the National Business Aviation Association, along with Santa Monica-area parties supporting the airport, has filed a motion requesting a stay of the FAA’s settlement agreement with Santa Monica that would allow the city to immediately shorten the runway to 3,500 feet (a length that would be too short to allow jet traffic), and to allow the city to shut down SMO as an airport by 2028.

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