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HN February eNewsletter - Santa Monica Airport Update
   HN Newsletter                                                                               February 2019

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ALABAMA

 

Hangar space available at Dothan Regional Airport (DHN)

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ARIZONA
4 box hangars for sale at Stellar Airpark (P19)
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(3) each 3,840 SF Hangars for sale or lease at Glendale Muni (GEU)
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1,760 SF Hangar for sale at Chandler Muni (CHD)
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CALIFORNIA
2,500 SF Hangar for lease at Chino Airport (CNO)
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18,000 SF Hangar for sale at Camarillo Airport (CMA)
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Southern California private airpark in Adelanto (52CL)

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43,574 SF Hangar for lease at Long Beach Airport (LGB)
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T-Hangar for sale at Camarillo Airport (CMA)
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11,860 SF and 13,000 SF Hangars for sale at Oakland County Int'l. (PTK)
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1,428 SF T-Hangar for sale at Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
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T-Hangar for lease at Santa Monica Muni (SMO)
3,600 SF Hangar for sale or lease at Chino Airport (CNO)
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550 SF office suite for lease at Hayward Executive (HWD)

1,428 SF hangar for sale/lease at Hayward Executive (HWD)
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8,000 SF Hangar for lease at Hayward Executive (HWD)
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11,400 SF private corporate hangar for sale at Buchanan Field (CCR)
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7,000 SF Transient space for lease at John Wayne Airport (SNA)
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COLORADO

  

 

Beautiful hangar home for sale at Meadow Lake Airport (FLY)

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1,088 SF Hangar for sale at Rocky Mountain Metro (BJC)
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2,500 SF Hangar for sale at Erie Muni (EIK)
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113,220 SF of Hangar and office space for sale at Centennial Airport (APA)
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 9656 Metro Airport Ave (BJC)

8082 S. Interport Blvd. (APA) 

InterPort Lot FBO 15 (APA) 

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4,900 SF luxury hangar on fee simple land at Erie Municipal Airport (EIK)

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CONNECTICUT

    

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Hangar space available for lease at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR)

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FLORIDA
 
1,320 SF Hangar for sale at Boca Raton Airport (BCT)
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61,000 SF state-of-the-art facility at Gainesville Regional (GSV)

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6,800 SF Hangar for sale at Massey Ranch Airpark (X50)
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Airport Hangar Development Project at Freeflight International (2FA6)
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10,000 SF Hangar for sale at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV)
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Santa Monica Airport Update


The battle over Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) continues to rage, as the City Council appears to be going out of its way to make life difficult not only for users and tenants of the airfield, but also for its own citizens.

To briefly recap, two years ago in January 2017, the FAA entered into a sudden and surprising settlement agreement with Santa Monica that permitted the City to close the airport on December 31, 2028 and in the interim to shorten the runway by about 1500 feet. Widely perceived as a "back room" deal because it was so unexpected and represented a complete about-face by the FAA whose previously stated intention was to keep the airport open, it also resulted in the dismissal of two federal lawsuits brought by the City challenging the validity and duration of its obligations under the FAA Airport Improvement Program grant requirements (1,2).

Airport stakeholders were not involved in the discussions and negotiations between FAA and the City and to say the least, they were very surprised and disappointed by the announcement. The immediate impact of the agreement was the truncation of the runway, which resulted in driving away large business jet, turboprop, and helicopter traffic, reducing those by 85-95% over the past two years. The agreement has also been devastating to other operations at SMO, having put its two FBOs, restaurant, and flight schools out of business, and will likely be even more so in the future.

In its most recent display of hostility toward the airport, in October 2018 the City declared its intention to move forward seeking bids for the destruction of the paved runway safety areas, and to use airport revenues to pay for it (indicated by the chevrons marking the displaced threshold areas in above photo, refs. 3, 4).

On October 22, 2018, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent a letter to Mayor Ted Winterer and City Council requesting them to reject the proposal based on safety concerns for operators and nearby citizens. In an alarming response the very next day, City Council voted unanimously to move forward with removing 750 feet of runway safety area (RSA) pavement and pulverizing the rest.

Also a surprise was that apparently this decision was based on a February 23, 2017 letter written by the FAA's then-Chief Counsel, Reginald C. Govan, who, in response to a request by Acting City Attorney Joseph Lawrence, advised the following: "Section II(A) of the Settlement Agreement provides that the City shall operate the airport until December 31, 2028, with a 3,500' runway. Under these circumstances, the City may use revenue derived from airport operations to cover the costs of shortening the runway" (5).

The initial runway truncation was completed through marking and lighting changes at a cost of approximately $3.5 million, which was fully charged to the Airport based solely on the Govan letter.

Why the FAA acceded to the City's request is a mystery because the Agreement states, in part, ". . . the costs to shorten the runway . . . shall be borne by the City." It makes no allowance for such costs to be transferred to the Airport. In his letter, Mr. Govan provides no analysis or justification for his advice, which is inconsistent with long-standing and established FAA policy. And, as noted, that opinion is in direct conflict with the terms of the Agreement itself. There is no logical connection between the Agreement's authorization of runway shortening at the City's request and whether those expenses constitute an eligible use of airport funds.

On November 30, 2018, AOPA, NBAA, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) wrote the FAA asking the agency to examine their significant concerns over using airport revenues to cover the runway shortening and pavement destruction, and they cited a number of reasons why the FAA should do so, outlined in the following paragraphs (5).

In September 2017 City Council requested its staff to study options for the removal of pavement considered "excess" due to the runway truncation. Based on a consultant's report, Council announced a plan to remove all pavement not within the RSAs, and to pulverize the RSA pavement. No justification was provided for why this would be done.


The AOPA/NBAA/GAMA letter points out that the FAA's Los Angeles Airports District Office (ADO) response to using airport funds for runway removal/modification indicates that the FAA appears to be basing its guidance on the premise that the Agreement required the City to shorten the runway, a requirement never imposed and long-opposed by FAA.

The letter goes on to discuss federal compliance issues, stating that the marking and lighting implemented to shorten the runway, and the removal of former runway and taxiway areas, are both ineligible uses of airport revenues because the projects do not fall under capital or operating expenses of the airport. They are not required by the FAA nor do they improve safety or otherwise provide benefit to SMO.

In the case of Meigs Field in Chicago, the letter points out that FAA investigated that city's actions and forcefully stated in its case docket that ". . . costs related to the deactivation of Meigs as an airport . . . were not incurred for airport purposes and are not capital or operating costs of an airport." The City of Chicago was required to reimburse its airport funds from its general funds.

In conclusion, AOPA, NBAA, and GAMA state that FAA's guidance to Santa Monica conflicts with its own long-standing requirements regarding revenue diversion. Further, the diversion of airport revenues by Santa Monica is prohibited by the Agreement as well as U.S. Code statutory obligations. The guidance provided to SMO in this situation is erroneous and has implications that extend beyond SMO by potentially influencing airport sponsors nationwide to pursue a similar path. The organizations request that FAA reevaluate their position, noting that with no legitimate aeronautical purpose or benefit to the tenants and users of SMO, the costs of runway modification are not eligible for airport funds and should be paid using only taxpayer funds.

For those of us who love aviation it may be hard to comprehend the callous disdain of our industry by some who do not share the same passion. But unfortunately they are out there and it is instructive to be aware that negative attitudes do exist. To illustrate, I leave you with this: After rejecting two bids due to cost, Santa Monica City Councilman and former Mayor Kevin McKeown arrogantly stated, "Hope springs eternal in the aviation press that they're going to get that airport back, and that's not what's going to happen, so I totally support going back out to a bid... that would be the one that pulverizes everything including the RSAs."

Mike Straka, PhD
HN Contributing Author & Technical Support
Past Chairman, Colorado Aviation Business Association

Sources
1. FAA Caves In To City Demand To Close Santa Monica Airport. Matt Thurber. AINOnline, January 29, 2017. 

2. Bowing to City Pressure, FAA Agrees to Close Santa Monica Airport. Stephen Pope. Flying Magazine, January 31, 2017. https://www.flyingmag.com

3. Santa Monica Municipal Airport Runway Safety Area Study. Dr. Antonio A. Trani. September 21, 2018. 

4. Santa Monica City Council Considering Plan to Remove Paved Runway Safety Area. Amelia Walsh. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website, October 24, 2018. 

5. Letter to FAA Re Pavement Finance. AOPA website.
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FEATURED AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT LAND AND HANGARS 


Multiple development sites available
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Multiple parcels of land for sale or lease
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Future Development for 2018-2019 and newly renovated office space available
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40 acres for lease at Hagerstown Regional Airport
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Available Hangars, buildings, and development lots
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NEW PROPERTIES
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2,750 SF Hangar for sale at Orlando Apopka Airport (X04)
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3,900 SF Hangar for sale at Henderson Executive (HND)
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Four Aircraft Hangars for sale at Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU)
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T-Hangars available at beautiful Sky Acres Airport (44N)
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18,000 SF Hangar for lease At Fort Worth Meacham Int'l. (FTW)

7,500 SF Hangar for lease at Fort Worth Meacham Int'l. (FTW)
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100% leased corporate Hangar/Office/Shop for sale at Medford Airport (MFR)

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11,500 SF Hangar space for lease at Naples Muni (APF)
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25,000 SF Transient space for lease at Lincoln Airport (LNK)
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COLEMAN REALTY SERVICES

8,100 SF Hangar for sale at Lone Star Executive (CXO)
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Beautiful Airpark Hangar home with a 2,500 SF hangar for sale at Parkland Airpark (7CO0)

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3.26 acres for sale at Bridgeport Muni (XBP)
 
 
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SOLD / LEASED
 PROPERTIES
3,250 SF Hangar for sale at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT)
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23,400 SF Hangar for lease at Fort Worth Meacham (FTW)
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4,840 SF Hangar home for sale at Farias Wheel (NV33)
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5,900 SF Hangar for sale at Addison Airport (ADS)
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FLORIDA continued

Two 8,100 SF Hangars for sale at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) 
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Build to suit hangar space for sale or lease at Naples Municipal Airport (APF)
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ILLINOIS
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22,500 SF Hangar for sale at Chicago Executive (PWK)
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10,800 SF Corporate Hangar for lease at Waukegan Regional (UGN)

INDIANA

33,000 SF Hangar for lease at Purdue University Airport (LAF)
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MAINE
 

30,000 SF available for lease at Brunswick Executive (BXM)
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MASSACHUSETTS
 

1,200 SF of Office space for lease at Norwood Memorial (OWD)
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MINNESOTA

120 acre airport with 4 hangars for sale at Mille Lacs Lake (7MN4)

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MISSISSIPPI

180,900 SF Hangar for lease with lots of additional space available at Mid Delta Regional (GLH)
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NEVADA

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24,762 SF Hangar with 4,238 SF office for sale at Minden Tahoe (MEV)

  
Accepting reservations for the first six of 18 new hangars at Carson City Airport(CXP)
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6,000 SF Hangar for sale at Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV)
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NEW YORK
 
 
Hangar and office space for lease at Dutchess County Poughkeepsie (POU)
OREGON



30,000 SF Hangar for lease at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH)

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1,800 SF Hangar for sale at Mahlon
Sweet Field (EUG)

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96,000 SF of heated hangar space available for lease at Portland-Hillsboro (HIO)
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PENNSYLVANIA
8,800 SF Hangar with office and shop spaace for sale at Harrisburg International (MDT)
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TENNESSEE
 
1.16 acres for sale at Collegedale Muni (FGU)
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TEXAS

7,200 SF Hangar for sale or lease at Spicewood Airport (88R)

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COLEMAN REALTY SERVICES

Investment/Owner Occupy 11,700 SF Hangar facility for sale at Lone Star Executive (CXO)
7,200 SF Hangar facility for sale at Lone Star Executive (CXO)

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8,000 SF Office/Shop for sale or lease at San Marcos Muni (HYI)


VERMONT
1,200 SF Hangar with 3,500 SF house for sale at Morrisville-Stowe State (MVL)

WASHINGTON


Class A Hangar/Office space for lease at Boeing Field (BFI)
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2 bedroom 2 bath airpark home with 1,680 SF hangar for sale at 7 Bays (73WA)
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WISCONSIN
Proposed 4-unit condo hangar development at Wittman Regional (OSH)
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Proposed new construction, four-unit condo hangar for sale at Waukesha County Airport (UES)
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3,600 SF Hangar for lease at West Bend Muni (ETB)

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