For Immediate Release – Santa Monica Airport
Disaster Preparedness Exercise with Ten Aircraft
Los Angeles – Friday, January 13, 2017 — The American Red Cross and SMO (Santa Monica Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team) announce their cooperation on a disaster preparedness exercise at Santa Monica Airport, (SMO) on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10.30am to 12.30pm, delivering critical supplies to the Public Observation Deck at SMO at 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, California, 90405
In a simulated earthquake major scenario, the 405 and10 Freeways are impassable and PCH is closed. Although damaged, KSMO has enough usable runway for small aircraft.
A group of volunteer pilots will fly in Red Cross Critical Supplies from Whiteman, Van Nuys, Brackett, Compton and Torrance airports. Ten aircraft will be acting as an “air bridge” for Red Cross ground transport in surrounding regions, supporting Red Cross in West Los Angeles. This is a practical demonstration of the City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation Plan” which lists SMO as “Critical Infrastructure” in a disaster.
SMO (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team): SMO DART is a group of volunteer pilots, providing their time and aircraft to assist the community in a disaster. The City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation” lists Santa Monica Airport as “Critical Infrastructure.” The SMO DART offers a practical example of how SMO will be used to mitigate disasters. SMO DART is sponsored by the Santa Monica Airport Association,(SMAA) a local, non-profit organization of pilots and, local aviation businesses. SMAA is run by volunteers and depends on the generosity of sponsors and donors to perform its mission. Visit http://www.santamonicaairport.info
Christian Fry, Tel: (310) 849-1976 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Hopkins Tel: (310) 990-2045 email@example.com
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Julie Thomas Tel: (310) 922-2046 firstname.lastname@example.org Fred Mariscal, Tel: (310) 943-5266 email@example.com
In the second week of January NBAA’s volunteer Flight Attendants Committee gathered at the Long Beach Hilton to develop the agenda for PDP and information sessions offered during the 2017 Flight Attendants and Flight Technicians Conference, June 13-15 in Long Beach, CA. Watch for on-line registration to open soon!
The Southern California Metroplex is deep into the implementation phase and FAA is hosting several a public information briefings during the month of January. Although a number of Los Angeles area communities filed lawsuits to try to interrupt the progress of these important NexGen improvements, FAA continues moving forward, activating new revised approaches and departures in March. Pilots should be on the lookout for NBAA Air Traffic Services emails and updates; and familiarize themselves with amended procedures and effective dates.
The VOR approach into Santa Monica is again available at night, and improved minimums have been established. Thanks to Los Angeles Public Works Department for putting safety first and reducing the height of several street lights located under the final approach. Atlantic Aviation is still open and operating normally at SMO, and NBAA continues to help support the Save Santa Monica Corporation (SSMO) legal fund with an offer to match confidential corporate and individual donations. For more information about SSMO, contact NBAA’s Director of Airports and Infrastructure, Alex Gertsen. Alex will deliver an informative presentation to airport commissioners on January 23 in response to their questions about the history of SMO land use and policy. NBAA also provides support for the Santa Monica Airport Association, who’s members conduct local events and community outreach, a critical element to the future of the airport.
NBAA’s number one legislative issue in 2017 is FAA Reauthorization. House Transportation Chairman Shuster has not abandon his vision to create a separate FAA Air Traffic Organization funded by user fees, and there is uncertainty about the new administration’s support or opposition for this concept. NBAA’s Government Affairs team will work on your behalf in Washington, and we will again call on members and local business aviation groups to follow-up with letters, emails, and phone calls to their respective legislators to assure congress preserves an air traffic control system that serves the needs of all users, and is not controlled by the special interests of the airlines.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Fort Worth for the 2017 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, February 7-10; and in Miami, February 14-16, for NBAA Leadership Conference.
NBAA Western Regional Representative
A new report released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reaffirms that Van Nuys Airport (VNY) continues to be a major economic engine for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. The latest study finds that VNY contributed more than $2 billion in business activity to the L.A. county economy in fiscal year 2015.
The study confirms the airport’s economic impacts include:
• 10,480 jobs;
• $674.6 million in labor income;
• $2.0 billion in business revenues; and
• $295.3 million in local, state and federal tax revenues
Van Nuys Airport will be spending $63.9 million on Airport Capital Improvement Projects (ACIP) and non-ACIP projects through 2022 to meet future aviation needs in Southern California. The study estimates that the economic impacts of capital improvement projects include:
• 670 jobs;
• $37.2 million in labor income;
• $107.5 million in business revenues; and
• $13.0 million in local, state and federal tax revenues.
Investments by airport tenants in facilities at VNY is also resulting in positive returns. The study estimates that for every $1 million spent on capital improvement projects, there will be positive economic impacts of $583,000 in labor income, a total of $1,682,300 in business revenue and a total of local state and federal taxes of $202,700.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said, “Our airport is a valuable infrastructure asset that provides business growth, job creation and economic vitality for both the Valley and the entire region. With the airport’s nearly 90-year legacy of economic contributions and serving as a good neighbor, I am pleased to see my district and constituents continue to reap tangible benefits.”
“VNY plays a critical role in Southern California by providing good paying jobs and generating business revenues that benefit our neighboring communities,” said Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner Jeffery J. Daar. “As Los Angeles’ No. 1 business airport and a world-class general aviation facility, we are proud of VNY’s significant positive contributions to our region.”
Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint said, “We take our responsibility as long term stewards of this critical community asset very seriously. The LAEDC’s findings reinforces LAWA’s commitment to safely and securely bring people together, connect L.A. with a global society - while enriching the quality of life for individual travelers, the community and the region.”
In 2015, VNY had approximately 217,000 operations, which generated operating revenue of nearly $16.9 million, including building and land rentals. The study estimated that approximately 32,000 visitors arrived in Los Angeles County through the airport with an economic impact of $9.1 million and supported 90 jobs with a labor income of $3.7 million.
VNY is one of two airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
Dear valued ASMP/MVOP Stakeholders,
With several changes to the ASMP/MVOP material beginning in January 2017, VNY Airport Operations wants to ensure that all participating companies in the ASMP/MVOP Program at VNY Airport are properly informed. Please see the below list for changes to the ASMP/MVOP Programs.
The primary changes for the ASMP/MVOP Program in 2017 are:
VNY MVOP Program Team
(Note: A change in the structure of traditional aviation employment may be attributed to advances in technology and technical skills. Therefore, higher-paying jobs are generating the largest impact. It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of these changes and they could be related to several factors – for example, the value of the dollar has changed and the airport was in the midst of a recession 10 years ago).
IMPLAN relies on government-reported payroll data and uses survey data for comparability. This eliminates any possible errors in self-reporting and the information is highly defensible.
In the interests of maintaining the continuing standard for operational safety at VNY, the FAA has announced that it will be implementing an improvement project which involves upgrading the electrical lines that support the airport’s navigational aids and air traffic control systems.
This project will see improvements made to the existing lines which have reached their usable life expectancy. The project will begin on September 22 and last approximately 8 weeks. The Airport Operations department and the FAA developed a plan involving 7 nighttime runway closures of 16R, planned between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This plan will allow peak daytime operations and airport services to continue without interruption.
The planned night-time 16R closure dates are: September 26-27 and October 10-14. VNY is committed to working in partnership with the tenants while supporting the FAA’s upgrades to our critical systems, and upholding the standard of safety and efficiency at VNY’s world-class general aviation facilities.
With 19 years of aviation experience – all focused on the Southern California airport community – Jesus “Jess” Romo was named the new director of Long Beach Airport at the end of July by City Manager Patrick West.
Romo was born in Los Angeles and grew up in La Puente in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. He attended public schools in the area all the way through high school and went on to earn a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 1984.
NBAA Western Region Update – Summer 2016
Thanks to the people and businesses that helped make the 2016 Regional Forum in Van Nuys a success. We set a record with 2,000 in attendance, 145 exhibitors and 20 business aircraft on display. It was a good networking and business building opportunity for those who took advantage, and we at NBAA truly appreciate your support for the Forum.
One of the best things about SCAA is your engagement with the business aviation industry through safety days, career days, scholarships and mentoring programs; helping build a better, safer, stronger aviation community. The work SCAA does is what the NBAA Safety Committee means when it talks about Safety Leadership; and sets the bar for Regional Groups just beginning to venture into career building and mentoring arenas. NBAA is proud to be a sponsor for the SCAA Safety Standdown. And to assist Regional Groups and NBAA members with their career outreach programs, we recently developed new Resources for managers who want to use internships to help build their talent pool.
The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC), a collection of home-owner groups, filed four petitions for FAA rulemaking last October. The petitions asked FAA to create a Special Flight Rules Area (SFAR) over the Los Angeles basin placing restrictions on altitudes, flight paths, hover times, and news helicopters. FAA denied all four petitions, citing safety concerns and progress achieved by the Region’s helicopter working group. In June LAAHNC filed for reconsideration of their petitions. The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association, Los Angeles Area Helicopter Operators Association, and NBAA will collaborate with FAA to assure continued safe and efficient helicopter access to Southern California airspace.
On August 23 the Santa Monica City Council passed a Resolution to close their municipal airport in 2018. FAA’s Part 16 final determination that the City remains obligated by its Airport Improvement Program Grant Assurances until 2023 were part of the inspiration for the Council’s act. In addition, there is a pending Federal Court case which will determine the further longevity of the airport. I advise users and tenants to remain steadfast in their use and support for SMO.
NBAA would like express appreciation to each of you who contacted Congress to voice your objections to de facto airline control of air traffic in the United States. I wish recent articles like the one in Breaking Travel News, describing the economic damage and disruptions caused by 167 Air Traffic Control strikes in Europe would convince Transportation Chairman Shuster to drop his argument for separating the Air Traffic Organization from FAA. NBAA asks members to stand ready to take up the fight again in 2017 when the new Congress convenes.
SoCal Aviation Association
Images provided by