Efforts continue to preserve GA access to SMO

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is continuing its efforts to preserve general aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), including a lawsuit asserting the FAA exceeded its authority when entering into a settlement agreement with the city of Santa Monica; an administrative complaint pending at the FAA over the airport’s financial practices; and […]

Court denies petition to overturn FAA SMO deal

Officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) are calling a court’s decision to deny — on procedural grounds — the association’s petition to overturn a questionable agreement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica regarding Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) “disappointing.” But NBAA officials note the ruling does not address the merits […]

NBAA files final brief over SMO closing

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has filed its final brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the settlement agreement reached earlier this year between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO.) The Nov. […]

Judge reverses order to stop SMO runway shortening

Pilots who fly into Southern California’s Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) will soon need to prepare for runway closures and construction, as a District Court judge denied a preliminary injunction and dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt the city’s planned runway shortening project. The City of Santa Monica has been authorized to reduce […]

Judge halts shortening of SMO runway

The runway at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in Southern California got a reprieve when a temporary restraining order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which stopped the city’s plan to shorten the sole runway at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The TRO came in response to a […]

SMO runway shortening begins Oct. 9

Despite ongoing litigation by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other parties, the city of Santa Monica, California, is moving forward with a runway shortening project at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), starting Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. SMO’s single runway will be reduced from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet, with the project expected to […]