On September 27, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a 12-acre Airport Park Expansion concept plan that will add two full-sized multi-purpose playing fields, 60 community gardens plots, children’s play spaces, picnic areas, two additional restrooms, and six pickle balls courts. It will also create pedestrian/bicycle access from Centinela Avenue and add 128 new parking spaces.
Next steps will be to return to Council with a final design plan, followed by an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). After funding and a contractor are approved, groundbreaking is projected to commence in early 2018.
On August 23, the City Council gave direction to the City Manager to both establish a city-operated fixed based operator (FBO) and serve vacate notices to the two private FBOs at Santa Monica Airport (Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers).
On September 15, the City issued 30-day “notice to vacate” to Atlantic Aviation (which services jet planes) and to American Flyers (which services propeller planes and operates a flight school). The two private FBOs have been operating on “holdover” leases since their long-term leases expired in June 2015.
In response, Atlantic Aviation filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA. A Part 16 is an FAA administration process in which an aviation entity or the FAA itself can file a complaint charging violation of FAA rules or regulations. The FAA then issues judgment on the complaint. It is a process that tends to favor aviation interests. In the case of the Santa Monica Airport, Part 16 complaints have been used repeatedly as a stalling tactic to prevent the City from exercising its proprietary rights.
On September 19, Atlantic Aviation also requested that the FAA issue a “cease and desist” order to the City to prevent it from terminating their lease until the Part 16 complaint is resolved.
Increasing Jet Traffic — Meanwhile, airport neighbors continue to complain about the increase in jet landings/takeoffs and the resulting increase in noise and air pollution. Jet traffic at SMO rose 28% between 2012 and 2015.
If you are interested in Santa Monica Airport issues, you can be added to our notification list by contacting Cathy Larson, Friends of Sunset Park Airport Committee Chair, at FOSPairport@rocketmail.com. Please include your name, email address, street address, and phone number.
Stelios Makrides, Airport Manager
3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Monday-Thursday; 8 AM to 5:30 PM on alternate Fridays
Web site: http://www.smgov.net/departments/airport/
Noise Hotline: 310-458-8692
Email: Noise@smgov.net – Include the complaint, date, time, and location.
Online SMO complaint form: http://smgov.net/departments/airport/SMOforms.aspx?ekfrm=47425
Helicopter Noise Complaint Hotline: http://heli-noise-la.com or phone 424-348-4354
Even if you don’t feel that your complaint will make a difference, please be aware that the Airport staff logs all complaints. The records are useful to the City of Santa Monica as verification of Noise nuisance in communicating with other government agencies (i.e., the FAA) and in court if there is litigation.
On Oct. 23, 2001, the Santa Monica City Council approved the Revised Airport Noise Ordinance
(No departures allowed except for medical emergencies and police activities)
11 PM to 7 AM Monday through Friday
11 PM to 8 AM Saturday and Sunday
The Commission meets the 4th Monday of the month 10 times a year. (Usually December and either July or August are off). Agendas are posted on the airport web site the Thursday prior to the meeting date. http://www.smgov.net/Departments/Airport/Airport_Commission/Airport_Commission.aspx