Posted Nov. 29, 2013, 9:43 am
The regulated airspace surrounding Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is set to expand Dec. 12 in order to accommodate aircraft arriving at and departing from the facility, according to the Office of the Federal Register.
Posted Nov. 18, 2013, 9:28 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) today sent a letter to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Deborah Hersman reiterating his request for a thorough investigation of the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on September 29.
Posted Nov. 8, 2013, 9:13 am
The estate of Mark Benjamin is being sued by the family of a passenger killed in the Sept. 29 plane crash at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:50 am
I am encouraged that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor included protecting community health in her strong quote. Health is a huge part of the equation, and the Federal Government needs to be accountable for the health of airport neighbors.
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:45 am
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) characterized as lacking any merit in law a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the City of Santa Monica against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in what is clearly another desperate bid by the city to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Posted Oct. 31, 2013, 12:15 pm
The City of Santa Monica has sued the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property, which the City has long owned.
Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 3:02 pm
A preliminary report for the Sept. 29 Santa Monica Airport accident that claimed four lives has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Posted Oct. 14, 2013, 9:26 am
When the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, Calif., was decommissioned, it was reused as a public county park. Whether the Orange County Great Park’s conversion from an airport could ever be replicated at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) remains to be seen, but there are some who would like to see the single airstrip in the southeast corner of the City turned into a green public space.
Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:57 am
Dear Editor, In his letter "Tragedy Should Not Be An Opportunity For Political Points" posted Oct. 12, 2013, Bruce Landsberg, President, AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute did exactly what he said shouldn't be done. He made the recent aircraft crash at Santa Monica Airport into his opportunity to score political points with wild speculation.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:13 am
Mark Benjamin was a guy with an easy going manner and a work-hard ethic. He began in the construction business as an apprentice carpenter at Morley Builders, a family company started by his father in the 1950s to meet the post WWII housing boom. Mark Benjamin went on to become the CEO of Morley and to be the founder of Benchmark Contractors.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:10 am
It’s not uncommon to see facilities torn down and expanded because they are too small. Small buildings become larger ones to accommodate growth. Take the expansion over the last decade or so of St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 6, 2013, 10:25 am
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed Sunday that Luke Benjamin, 28, was the fourth body in the fatal Santa Monica Airport aircraft accident last Sunday evening.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 3:52 pm
Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould has extended his condolences on behalf of the City to all the families of the victims of Sunday's tragic aircraft accident at Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 3:15 pm
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed to The Mirror Friday afternoon the identities of three of the four victims aboard the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on Sunday night.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 9:35 am
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed to The Mirror Friday morning the identity of one of the four victims aboard the fatal Santa Monica Airport accident on Sunday night.
Posted Oct. 3, 2013, 8:36 am
Airport2Park.org will hold a free and open to the public workshop tonight, Oct. 3 from 6-9 pm to discuss the benefits of turning Santa Monica Airport into a park. The workshop will be held at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, which is located at 14th and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013, 9:51 am
Morley Builders released a statement Wednesday morning following the loss of its CEO and his son in Sunday’s fatal plane accident at Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Oct. 1, 2013, 1:06 pm
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) today sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta to request immediate action to address safety conditions at Santa Monica Airport, following Sunday’s fatal crash the claimed four lives.
Posted Oct. 1, 2013, 9:46 am
Authorities gained access Monday night to the fuselage of the eight-seat twin-engine Cessna Citation that crashed and burned at Santa Monica Airport at 6:20 pm Sunday. Four bodies were recovered, according to the LA County Coroner’s office -- two males and two females.
Posted Sep. 30, 2013, 3:11 pm
Federal officials are still sifting through wreckage at the far northwestern edge of Santa Monica Airport (SMO), it was announced at a press conference early Monday afternoon.
Posted Sep. 30, 2013, 12:53 pm
The City of Santa Monica has issued a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims from Sunday night’s plane crash at Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Sep. 30, 2013, 10:35 am
Morley Builders CEO & President Mark John Benjamin, 63, and his son Luke Benjamin are believed to be two of the people on board the fatal plane crash at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday night.
Posted Sep. 30, 2013, 8:31 am
A crane will be used Monday morning at Santa Monica Airport to remove the collapsed hangar that's concealed an eight-seat twin-engine Cessna Citation that crashed into it at 6:20 pm Sunday.
Posted Sep. 29, 2013, 8:20 pm
An eight-seat twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport at 6:20 pm Sunday.