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CUOMO SIGNS LAW GIVING EAST HAMPTON
RESIDENTS VOTE ON AIRPORT

East Hampton Town residents are able to vote on whether to accept federal or state funding for the town airport under a new state law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week as local officials continue their quest to curb aircraft noise. Read More...

 
 
 
 
 

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BOSTON GLOBE HIGHLIGHTS LACK OF SCRUTINY AT FAA

A two-part Boston Globe Spotlight investigation into the tracking of aircraft registrants and pilots with criminal ties found an overwhelming lack of scrutiny on the part of the Federal Aviation Administration. The investigation puts the FAA in the crosshairs for being unable to assist law enforcement with connecting U.S.-registered aircraft to the persons who actually own them—potentially an important piece of evidence in terrorism, drug trafficking and international corruption investigations. Read More...

 

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LESS FRIENDLY SKIES? WILL THE DECLINE IN PRIVATE AVIATION
HURT INLAND AREA'S SMALL AIRPORTS?

As smaller airports around the country continue to close and fewer people hold pilots’ licenses, some Inland aviators see attracting new enthusiasts to the hobby as the main hope for slowing an industry decline that’s been happening for decades. Read More...

 
 
 
 
 

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WHY BANNING COUNCIL VOTED TO CLOSE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

It could take some years to accomplish, but Banning City Council took the first step Tuesday, April 25, to close it’s municipal airport.

The vote was 4-1, with Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Franklin dissenting. She opposed it because the city hasn’t recently explored what it would take to lure back business. Read More...

 

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SANTA MONICA AIRPORT WILL CLOSE IN 2028 AND BE REPLACED BY A PARK, OFFICIALS SAY

Janyary 28, 2017— Capping decades of legal battles and protests, federal and local officials announced an settlement Saturday to close Santa Monica Airport in 2028 and immediately shorten the runway to limit jet flights.. Read More...




 
 
 
 
 

FINAL CLOSURE OF RIALTO MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT IS NOW ALMOST GUARANTEED

It’s nearly guaranteed this time, after more than 10 years in the works, the shuttering of the Rialto Municipal Airport, as officials send notice to the Federal Aviation Administration of a final shut down next week. Read More...

 

Why is the FAA spending and estimated $50 million on Gillespie,
a general aviation airport?

GENERAL AVIATION TRENDS IN 12 CHARTS

September 6, 2017 - What’s the state of the general aviation industry? That’s a question we hear at lot at Air Facts, sometimes by prophets of doom looking for confirmation, sometimes by new pilots trying to get a handle on the community they have just joined, and sometimes by outsiders who genuinely don’t know. Unfortunately there’s no simple answer, although plenty of pilots are willing to offer one. Read More...

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 

FEDERAL AGENTS SEIZE RECORDS FROM AMERICAN
FLIGHT ACADEMY AT BRAINARD AIRPORT

Federal agents with a search warrant seized records from American Flight Academy at Brainard Airport Thursday afternoon.

The agents from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General arrived about noon and were still searching the flight school's office Thursday evening. The agents also searched an apartment building on Essex Street in Hartford where American Flight Academy students live. Read More...

 

 

 



 

CAJON AIR CENTER COULD BE JOBS DRIVER SAYS EDC OFFICIAL

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February 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - While many residents near El Cajon’s Gillespie Field decry an increase in activity from flight schools, proponents of a long-planned airport expansion say the project could generate thousands of high-paying, high tech jobs, and be a boon to East County. Read More...

 
 
 
 
 

 

COUNTY BREAKS GROUND ON CAJON AIR CENTER

County officials and community members broke ground on Gillespie Field Airport's new Cajon Air Center today.

The groundbreaking kicked off the first phase of a multi-phase redevelopment project in unincorporated El Cajon. Read More...


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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FLIGHT ROUTE SET HIGHER AT GILLESPIE FIELD

El Cajon — Residents living near Gillespie Field are guardedly breathing a sigh of relief with news that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved an increase in the minimum flying altitude by 200 feet in the south traffic pattern at the county-owned airport. Read More...

 

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NEIGHBORS CHALLENGE PILOT SCHOOLS AT GILLESPIE FIELD

EL CAJON, Calif. — Neighbors are threatening to file a lawsuit against Gillespie Field due to increased air traffic. Read More...

 



 
 
 
 
 

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SMALL PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING ON SANTEE STREET

SANTEE, Calif. – A small plane made an emergency landing on a street and rolled through an intersection in Santee Saturday, deputies said. Read More...

 

Video: SKY COMBAT ACE TAKES FLIGHT IN SAN DIEGO

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SAN DIEGO — Las Vegas-based Sky Combat Ace will open its second location in San Diego July 1, taking off from Gillespie Field with its aerobatic and aerial combat experiences. Read More...

 
 
 
 
 

PRESS RELEASE – FAA TO RE-EVALUATE METHOD FOR MEASURING EFFECTS OF AIRCRAFT NOISE


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. Read more...

 

EL CAJON FLIGHT SCHOOL GUILTY IN VISA FRAUD

May 22, 2010 (FEDERAL COURT) – A flight school and its former owners pleaded guilty to visa fraud and hiring illegal workers as instructors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Andrew Burr of Henderson, Nev., and Christopher Watson of San Diego each pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of hiring illegal workers. Read more...

 
 
 
 
 

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WORRIES NEAR GILLESPIE FIELD

With planned redevelopment, El Cajon residents seek "enforceable rules"

It’s been 11 years since the drone and snarl of race cars was heard around East County’s Cajon Speedway. Now that noise has been replaced by the drone of small aircraft from adjacent Gillespie Field. Read more...

 

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CORPORATE JETS DRIVE CARLSBAD AIRPORT UPDATE

Consultants say faster, bigger planes require changes

CARLSBAD — McClellan-Palomar Airport must be redesigned to meet the needs of corporate aircraft already operating there, San Diego County’s aviation consultants said at a workshop Thursday night. Read More...

 
 
 
 
 

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SAN DIEGO ISLAMIC GROUP CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESIGATION OF 'OFFENSIVE' FLIGHT TRAINING BOOK

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Islamic relations group is calling for a Federal Aviation Administration investigation into a pilot manual after they said a student pilot complained the book is offensive towards Muslims and women, and was being used at his flight school. Read more...

 

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3 SEATS OPEN ON GILLESPIE FIELD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL


January 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Gillespie Field Development Council has three open seats, including two seats from El Cajon and one from the County. Read More...


 
 
 
 
 
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LA MESA SANDAG MEETING CONSIDERS THE FUTURE -  JOBS AND THE FUTURE OF GILLESPIE FIELD DISCUSSED


According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the region's population will increase by 1.25 million people by the year 2050. Between now and then, close to 500,000 new jobs will be created. Read More...

 
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SUPERVISORS APPROVE GILLESPIE FIEILD REDEVELOPMENT DESPITE NEIGHBORS CONCERNS

July 16, 2012 (El Cajon)—San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 20 to approve the  Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) allowing redevelopment of 70 acres at Gillespie Field Airport from light industrial to aviation-only usage.  Read more...


 
 
 
 
 

SCT CONTROLLER VOICED CONCERN REGARDING MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF INADEQUATE COMMAND OF ENGLISH BY LOCAL AREA PILOTS; NOTING A DETERIORATION OF SAFETY MARGINS IN THE SYSTEM

Multiple instances of inadequate command of the english language by many student pilots based primarily at ksee airport are contributing to an unacceptable increase in complexity at this sector and others. We are forced to ask the instructors to take over radio communications since we are unable to understand the student's transmissions. Read More...

 


 

READER’S EDITORIAL: STOP EXPANSION OF FLIGHT SCHOOLS AT GILLESPIE FIELD


October 24, 2012 (El Cajon)--Over the next year or so (over the objection of large numbers of County residents) the County Airports system will initially be digging up the former El Cajon Speedway and turning 21.5 acres (of the approved 70 acre parcel) of County airport land into the Cajon Flight Center. Read more...

 
 
 
 
 
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FAA TIGHTENS REGULATION OF FOREIGN PILOT TRAINING AFTER CRASHES

Instructors blow whistle on safety concerns at U.S. flight schools


November 19, 2013 (El Cajon ) – An investigative report by an  NBC TV station in the Bay area adds fuel to concerns raised by East County residents over the safety of foreign pilot training at Gillespie Field.  The NBC investigation, titled “Foreign Airline Pilots, U.S. Flight Schools: Do they get enought raining time in cockpit?” has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to announce tighter regulations of  training of foreign pilots at American flight schools. Read more...

 
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NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN OF LOW FLIGHTS NEAR GILLESPIE FIELD: AIRPORT AND FLIGHT SCHOOL DENY PROBLEMS


November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Six East County residents living near Gillespie Field met with Supervisor Dianne Jacob, representatives from  the airport and local flight schools Tuesday in an effort to address complaints. Residents claim to be experiencing an increase in flight frequency and noise—with some flights just hundreds of feet over their homes. Officials from Gillespie Field and local flight schools denied flying lower than 1,400 feet above sea level (1,000 feet above the homes), leading Supervisor Jacob to voice frustration over a “disconnect.” Read More...

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“AEROTROPOLIS” PLAN FOR GILLESPIE FIELD?
OR HOW ABOUT A CHARGERS STADIUM?


The East County Economic Development Council’s “strategic aerotropolis roadmap” for land surrounding Gillespie Field airport could include proposals for hotels and a facility for veterans to certify for civilian employment, development council president Jo Marie Diamond said in a July 15 interview. Read more..

 

 
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COUNTY BOARD RENEWS GILLESPIE FIELD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR 4 MORE YEARS OVER OBJECTIONS OF SOME NEIGHBORS


June 25, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Board of Supervisors renewed the Gillespie Field Development Council, despite serious concerns raised by several members of the public.

The council runs the day to day activities at the Gillespie Field airport for both El Cajon, which appoints two members, and the County, which appoints three. Read More...
 
         
 

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SENATOR CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO
SMALL PLANE CRASHES

March 7, 2017 - After a rash of crashes in the New York area, Senator Charles Schumer is urging the NTSB to investigate small plane safety.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to launch a study into a spate of small plane crashes around New York CityRead more...

 

REGIONALS SEE A PILOT SHORTAGE; PILOTS SEE A SCAPEGOAT

March 9, 2017 - Regional airlines continue to blame a shortage of pilots for cutbacks in service to smaller airports, while the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) says those routes aren’t being flown because they’re uneconomical. Read more...

 


 
 
 
 
 

CHINA TO STRENGTHEN DEFENSES,
BUT BUDGET DETAILS EXCLUDED

Saturday, 4 Mar 2017 - China pledged more support to its military on Sunday including strengthening maritime and air defenses amid efforts to safeguard sovereignty, but unusually did not give spending figures for 2017 despite promises of transparency. Read More...

 

 

 

 



 

 
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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. AIRLINES DISCLOSE DETAILS OF
BOOKINGS LOST TO GULF CARRIERS

By Jeffrey Dastin - U.S. airlines have lost at least five percentage points of their share of flight bookings from the United States to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia since 2008, due to fierce competition from Gulf carriers, according to data seen by Reuters. Read more...

 
 
 
 
 

APPROVAL OF NORWEGIAN AIR PERMIT A
BETRAYAL OF US AVIATION WORKERS

12/08/2016 Kenneth Quinnell - Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International:Today’s decision betrays America’s aviation workers by granting a rogue, flag-of-convenience airline a permit to serve the United States. Unless reversed, this decision threatens a generation of U.S. airline jobs and tells foreign airlines that scour the globe for cheap labor and lax employment laws that America is open for business. Read More...



 

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL: EXPERTS' AND STAKEHOLDERS' VIEWS ON KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER IN A POTENTIAL RESTRUCTURING
[Reissued on December 9, 2016]

GAO-17-131: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016.

What GAO Found
Experts, aviation stakeholders, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials GAO spoke to said that if Congress decides to remove air traffic control (ATC) from the FAA, many issues should be considered. Key issues identified, consistent with GAO's past work, relate to: (1) organizational management, (2) funding and financing, and (3) transition time and related costs. Read More...

 
         
 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 
 

ARE YOU SICK OF PLANES? TIRED OF NOISE? WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HOME'S VALUE?

 

Would you like to hear more about what you can do? Attend a legal presentation that explains what you can do. Click here for more information.

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Hearing to Examine Air Traffic Control Reform

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2015
Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446

Washington, DC - A hearing next week of the Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will examine options for reforming air traffic control (ATC) operations in the U.S. transportation system. For over three decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has led various initiatives intended to modernize the Nation’s air traffic control system.  However, these efforts have yet to achieve the goal, and concerns about the agency’s implementation continue to be raised.  In light of the delays and cost overruns that have plagued the FAA’s ATC modernization efforts, three bipartisan federal commissions have called for unifying FAA’s air traffic control operations into an independent, nongovernmental, self-financing entity.  Furthermore, since 1987, over 50 nations have shifted the responsibility for providing ATC services from the national government to independent, self-financed ATC service providers.  Next week’s hearing will examine options for similar ATC reform in the United States.
This hearing of the Subcommittee on Aviation, entitled “Options for FAA Air Traffic Control Reform,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.
Witnesses:
- Mr. Matt Hampton, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation
- Mr. Douglas Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines Group, Inc.; on behalf of Airlines for America
- Mr. Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation
- Mr. Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
- Mr. David Grizzle
- Ms. Dorothy Robyn
- Mr. Craig Fuller, Vice Chairman, FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC)
More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available.

 
 
 
 

SIGN THE PETITION: Urge Congress to adopt regulations to REDUCE AIRPLANE NOISE

During the past year, the national news has been filled with stories about FAA's reckless implementation of NextGen air traffic control, impacting people near many major commercial airports, including Boston, Phoenix, Charlotte, Palo Alto, and the New York City area. NextGen switches air-traffic control from a ground-based system to a satellite-based one. As a result, commercial jets fly within a concentrated aviation superhighway rather than being dispersed over a wider area. Most significantly, the FAA is using NextGen to implement immediate turns upon departure (Grand Ave Phoenix being the most extreme example.) Click here for the full petition.

 

 
     
 

BREAKING NEWS •

Sports Village Opportunity for San Diego Chargers at Gillespie Field.

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State Route 67/Bradley Avenue Interchange project already initiated by Caltrans.
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