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Monday's Airport Commission Meeting Canceled

Commissioners were scheduled to review a proposal to pay flight schools to conduct repetitive takeoffs and landings at airports outside of Santa Monica.

Without a quorum, the Airport Commission's Monday meeting has been canceled.

It was supposed to review a controversial, noise-reducing proposal to pay Santa Monica-based flight schools to conduct repetitive takeoffs and landings elsewhere. Now, the proposal is on the City Council's Tuesday agenda.

Airports neighbors and community leaders in neighboring cities with airports had asked that the commission review the proposal before the City Council. The plan was to roll out the incentives starting in July for a six month testing period.

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Under the proposal, participating flight schools would receive $150 for each flight that resulted in a minimum of four takeoffs and four landings conducted at other airports on weekends and federal holidays. City staffers said it has the potential of resulting in up to 4,800 fewer takeoffs and landings during the test period.

The cost of the program over six months was estimated at $90,000.

The commission's next regularly scheduled meeting July 23.

JeanB June 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Once again the community is lobbying to have the revised plan (Agenda item 8-D) removed from the June 26 Council meeting so that it has time to receive public comment at the Airport Commission July meeting before Council votes on the matter. See http://www.casmat.org/2012/06/flight-school-payoff-plan-shenanigans.html
Richard B June 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
The plan is bogus. City Council needs to come up with something better than spending $90,000 to pay the "flight schools to leave" THAT IS Volunteer to leave. They should spend the money on fighting the FAA to close the airport that many of the residents are requesting. Yes, the residents not the pilots who do not live here. The large jets are a big problem. Many of the elected officials and city council people love using SMO instead of LAX . As long as the Government people are happy to abuse the skies it is a problem. There is a conflict of interests. Fight to close the airport in 2015
an interested observer June 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I love that......."Abuse the skies", what the hell does that mean?
Richard B June 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
If you lived in Santa Monica, Venice, West LA or Mar Vista you would know. and What about Monday thru Friday when it is actually the worst. Close the loopholes

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