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The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Harrison Ford Crash Near Santa Monica Airport Caused By Loose Carburetor Jet

Posted Aug. 6, 2015, 12:23 pm

A loose carburetor jet caused Harrison Ford's vintage aircraft to lose power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport in March, leading to the actor's crash-landing in a golf course near the airfield, federal investigators said today.

Santa Monica City Council denied three-year leases to Atlantic Aviation, Krueger Aviation, Gunnell Properties, and American Flyers at Santa Monica Airport at its Tuesday meeting. The four tenants will remain month-to-month until a number of Council’s concerns are addressed. However, council did authorize three-year leases with the Typhoon and Spitfire restaurants and Ruskin Group Theatre.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Denies Four SMO Aviation Tenants Three-Year Leases

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:14 am

Santa Monica residents made it abundantly clear at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the Santa Monica Airport has overstayed its welcome, but yet it remains – for how long is now the question.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Smp

Mayor McKeown To Ted Lieu: Thanks For Comments At FAA Meeting

Posted Jul. 13, 2015, 9:49 am

After arriving home in Santa Monica last week after a trip to Washington D.C. to discuss Santa Monica Airport with the FAA, Santa Monica Mayor McKeown wrote a letter of thanks on behalf of himself, Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich to Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) and his staff.

Congressman Ted Lieu (standing) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (left) convened a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C. between FAA officials and their constituents and local elected officials regarding Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica Airpor

Santa Monica Officials, Residents Meet With FAA As City Considers New SMO Leases

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:44 am

A long-awaited meeting to discuss Santa Monica Airport was held Wednesday in Washington, D.C. between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local elected officials and residents.

The 12 acres of tie-downs at Santa Monica Airport will eventually be turned into parks, but the time frame of when that will happen is uncertain.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, City Hall, Smo

FAA Agreement With City Finally Expires, City Leaders To Go To Washington, D.C.

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

A 31-year-old agreement between the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica concerning Santa Monica Airport ended Wednesday, allowing for the city to begin reclaiming its control of SMO, a little at a time.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

FAA Workshop In Santa Monica On Metroplex Project Approaches

Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:05 am

The City of Santa Monica is distributing this advisory as a follow up to notify and encourage members of the community to attend one of the upcoming public workshops scheduled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to review and receive public input on the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex (SoCal Metroplex) Project.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Ordinance To Limit Santa Monica Airport Pollutants?

Posted May. 15, 2015, 10:05 am

Santa Monica Councilmember Terry O’Day on Tuesday directed City staff to prepare an ordinance and leasing standards that would limit allowable emissions of air pollutants from aircraft and other sources at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

Latest Santa Monica Museum of Flying news.

Museum, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Four More Aviation Giants To Be Honored At Santa Monica Museum Of Flying

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:27 am

Santa Monica-based Museum of Flying will host the induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame of Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton, Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland, and Burt Rutan this Saturday, April 25.

In 2015, the City of Santa Monica's settlement agreement with the FAA concerning the airport expires.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Op-Ed: Clearing The Air Around Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 13, 2015, 9:40 am

When pro-aviation advocates brought forward Measure D to preserve Santa Monica Airport (SMO), they tried to trick Santa Monica residents into believing if SMO were to close there would begin a massive Century City-type development.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Ted Lieu, Karen Bass Suggest Facilitating Meeting Between City, FAA In Washington, D.C.

Posted Apr. 5, 2015, 8:56 am

Dear Mayor McKeown and City Councilmembers: As Members of Congress for California's 33rd and 37th Congressional Districts, we represent constituents living directly adjacent to the Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Over the years, we have met with neighborhood groups and individuals near and around SMO, and we are deeply troubled by the effects that operations at the airport are having on our constituents. As you know, Santa Monica voters expressed their disapproval of the airport by emphatically rejecting Measure D to keep the airport open, despite massive corporate spending in support of that measure.

Anti-Santa Monica Airport supporters crowded City Hall’s front steps on Tuesday evening while pro-airport supporters opted to fill most seats inside Council chambers.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Coexisting At Santa Monica Airport: Three Year Aviation Leases, New Parks

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:08 am

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

VIDEO: Santa Monica Protestors Crowd City Hall’s Front Steps

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 12:06 pm

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Harrison Ford Crashes Into Santa Monica Airport Issue

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 8:46 am

People are often inclined to notice that something that has long needed fixing finally gets attention when either a celebrity or a person with other kinds of power is impacted by the issue. Even Dick Cheney softened in 2013 when his daughters went public with a disagreement over gay marriage.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speak with Neil Carrey about the newly formed Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation.

Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 9:15 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speak with Neil Carrey about the newly formed Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk Returns This Saturday, March 14

Posted Mar. 12, 2015, 8:42 am

The public is invited to explore the more than 60 artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars during the 9th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk this Saturday, March 14.

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Federal Authorities Confirm Harrison Ford's Aircraft Lost Power After Takeoff

Posted Mar. 10, 2015, 9:40 am

Federal authorities today confirmed that Harrison Ford's vintage aircraft crashed last week after it lost power, which forced him to land at Penmar Golf Course in Venice shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport.

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Harrison Ford Made Beautifully Executed Forced Landing

Posted Mar. 7, 2015, 9:43 am

Dear Editor, Actor and pilot Harrison Ford is good condition and resting comfortably after losing engine power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport on Thursday, March 5.

A fatal crash claimed four lives at Santa Monica Airport at about 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2013. The victims were Mark Benjamin, 63; his son Lucas Benjamin, 28; Lucas' girlfriend Lauren Winkler, 28; and Mark's girlfriend Kyla Dupont, 53.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

A Look Back On 45 Years Of Aviation Accidents/Incidents At Santa Monica Airport

Posted Mar. 7, 2015, 9:27 am

Friends of Sunset Park, a City of Santa Monica-recognized neighborhood organization, has compiled a comprehensive list of aviation accidents/incidents connected with Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Harrison Ford Recovering After Plane Crash Next To Santa Monica Airport

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:12 am

"Battered, but OK," actor Harrison Ford was hospitalized today with injuries he suffered when the World War II-era single-engine plane he was piloting lost power and crashed on a Venice golf course shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport.

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Harrison Ford In Single-Engine Plane Crash At Penmar Golf Course Next To Santa Monica Airport

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 3:26 pm

Actor Harrison Ford crashed a World War II-era single-engine plane today on a Venice golf course just west of Santa Monica Airport and was taken to a hospital in fair to moderate condition.

Propeller engine planes sit just off the runway at Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Lease Debate Fuels Up For A Fight

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am

As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Anti-Airport Activists Footed With $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:06 am

A Santa Monica-based group of anti-airport activists have been left to personally foot the legal bill of failed lawsuits against the filers of Measure D on the November 2014 election ballot and the City of Santa Monica.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

AOPA Objects To Santa Monica's Claim Over Airport In Federal Appeals Case

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:41 am

The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: After The Santa Monica Airport Vote, The Time Is Right

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, Thank you Santa Monica voters for seeing your way through the thick smoke of deceit blown over the city by the aviation interests' lobby groups. With 60 percent to 40 percent voting against the pro-Santa Monica Airport (SMO) Measure D and in favor of the City's Measure LC, the only thing simmering in smoke now is the more than $750,000 spent trying to fool Santa Monica voters.

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