Santa Monica city officials have
appealed an FAA decision which overturned a city ordinance banning
jet traffic at Santa Monica City Airport.
The Santa Moncia Daily Press reports that the city council had
cited safety concerns when they put the jet ban in place. The said
it was to protect residents who have homes some 300 feet from the
end of the runway, and that there were inadequate safety measures
in place at the airport.
As it has in similar cases where local governments have tried to
restrict certain aviation activities at airports, the FAA ruled
that the Santa Monica City ordinance was illegal. Local governments
may not arbitrarily ban specific aeronautical activities that
affect the operation of airports. As in the Florida case reported
last week by Aero-News, the ban put the city of Santa Monica in
violation of its federal obligations in regards to the airport. The
agency has offered several options to the city, but it has rejected
them as inadequate.
The deadline for a ruling on the appeal, which would represent
the agencies' official position on the matter, is July 8th. The
city could then take the matter to a federal appellate court.