Heber Valley Airport

AOPA Not Happy With Heber Valley Airport (KHCR) and OK3 Air

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a long history of working hard to advocate for all pilots but especially those in general aviation (GA). Their accomplishments over the 80+ years of its existence are many, and well-deserved and honored. AOPA members reading this are probably aware of their efforts during the past couple [...]

Boeing/King County Intl (KBFI) Put On Notice By FAA

A couple weeks ago in the June eNewsletter (1) we reported that the Commissioners of King County, Washington, specifically County Executive Dow Constantine, issued an Executive Order directing Boeing/King County International Airport (KBFI) to amend its leasing policies for airport businesses with the stated goal of ending all flights transporting immigration detainees chartered by the [...]

ATC Privatization is off the table… for now

This post began as another missive expressing opposition to the federal government’s proposal to “privatize” the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). However, today’s developments have rendered the argument moot. At least for the time being. In case you somehow missed the story, which has been on the radar for decades but reached a higher [...]

Privatization Would Grow The Budget Deficit By $100 Billion

A newly-revised estimate issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the budgetary impact of privatization of air traffic control (ATC) is not pretty, and adds to the already numerous and significant reasons to oppose H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. The August 15 CBO report shows that the [...]

General and Business Aviation Coalition Mobilizes Against Privatizing ATC

As we’ve discussed here and in the newsletter (see link below), the Trump administration fully supports privatizing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the US.  ATC is currently managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the authority granted to it by Congress, but that responsibility would be transferred, along with all its personnel, [...]

The Case for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

In a guest editorial in the March issue of AOPA Pilot, the monthly publication of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) laid out his case for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). Rep. Shuster, the Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and one of the main [...]

Trump Favors Privatizing U.S. Air Traffic Control

President Donald Trump, in budget documents released on March 16, indicated that he supports privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). ATC is currently managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and he proposes to shift that responsibility to an independent group governed by a 13-person board of directors comprised of stakeholders representing all [...]

Santa Monica – Done Deal. Or Is It?

As we told you last time (Feb 8), the FAA and the City of Santa Monica announced on January 28 they had reached a compromise agreement on what is to happen with Santa Monica Airport (KSMO). As approved in U.S. District Court on February 3, the deal elicited widespread criticism from both pro- and anti-airport [...]

FAA Caves in to Santa Monica

In what can only be described as a stunning reversal of their position, and a seeming betrayal of airport operators and proponents, the Federal Aviation Administration last week reached an agreement with Santa Monica allowing the city to close the airport on December 31, 2028. In addition, the runway will be reduced to 3,500 feet [...]