Business Leaders Fear Traffic Cuts At Busy GA Airport
City leaders in Los
Angeles have resurrected an argument sure to raise the ire of some
charter and corporate aviators. They're again proposing a ban on
all Stage-2 aircraft -- unmodified jets built between 1965 and
Folks who live in the San Fernando Valley have lobbied for years
to get rid of the noisy aircraft... saying they can't even talk on
the phone when Stage-2 aircraft pass overhead.
"I came to the Valley in 1953 looking for peace and
tranquillity, but now many of us cannot sit on our patios and have
a conversation," local resident Bill Mouzis told airport
commissioners at a recent meeting. "Never again can we allow the
interests of the airport business community to supersede those of
Now, the LA Airport Commission wants its staff to come up with a
plan to phase out Stage-2 flights at Van Nuys Airport... which
bills itself as the world's busiest airport for general
In fact, a noise study is now underway at Van Nuys, where the
commission is considering banning nighttime flight operations and
limiting or doing away with all helicopter traffic.
The FAA has to sign off on any such restrictions or bans... and,
as the LA Times reports, the agency hasn't been all that anxious to
do so in the past.
You can bet airport business owners are fighting mad.
"Since 1981, business operators at Van Nuys Airport have faced
the imposition of 19 business-constraining measures that have
diminished both revenues and jobs at one of the Valley's most
significant economic engines," wrote airport consultant, and
co-chair of the aviation committee for the Valley Industry and
Commerce Association, Robert L. Rodine in a recent letter to
airport officials. "The economic significance of the measures to
both business and the city, as lost tax revenues, is enormous."
Rodine adds that if city officials are bent on enacting these
restrictions -- as Mayor Anthony Villairagosa promised during his
campaign -- Los Angeles stands to lose a whole lot of money.