Sun, Nov 26, 2006
Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Thinks So...
The FAA has chosen Barnstable
Municipal Airport (HYA) in Barnstable, MA for its next airport
audit. Airport manager Quincy "Doc" Mosby says it's likely related
to a civil suit pending against the town of Barnstable.
Mosby told the Barnstable Patriot "You can make a reasonable
assumption that it’s tied in some way to the pending
That lawsuit, filed by charter provider Rectrix aviation,
alleges the city is skimming fuel sales profits for
non-airport-related city expenses.
The suit further claims the town is falsifying its financial
reports showing lower airport revenues going to the town. The city
took an FAA grant and must abide by the agreement requiring
proceeds only be used for airport expenses.
The town and airport deny the allegations. Mosby believes the
suit stems from the city's monopoly on fuel sales -- a
legal monopoly according to Mosby. In fact,
he claims, monopolies are specifically allowed by
Mosby says he has no fear of the pending FAA audit. He says the
town conducts its own audits annually, but says this one will
likely be more comprehensive.
"Unless you’ve got something to hide, audits are a good
thing," Mosby said, "I think it’s a good thing."
The suit filed in Boston's US District Court is on hold awaiting
input from the FAA on matters relating to federal aviation
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