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The Santa Monica Airport chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recently partnered with John Wilson, Scoutmaster of Pacific Palisades Boy Scouts of America Troop 23, to help twelve aspiring Eagle Scouts earn their Aviation Merit Badges.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

Letter to the Editor: 14-year-old Vanya Derkach Writes on SMO

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 10:24 am

My name is Vanya Derkach and I am 14 years old, currently in 9th grade. Please let me tell you a little bit about myself. When I was in 5th grade, my friends invited me to go to the Santa Monica Airport Museum

News, Letters To The Editor, Smo

SMO Views on August 23 Vote

Posted Aug. 11, 2016, 12:31 pm

Letter to the Editor: There’ll be a real test of the strength of local democracy when our council meets on August 23rd to vote on their next moves for Santa Monica Airport.

Hangar

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Letting Go of SMO

Posted Aug. 6, 2016, 1:29 pm

Full Disclosure: Columnists are rarely experts. With today’s technology-intensive lifestyles, there are people who write columns in tech publications who can actually give you some useful advice on how to improve the speed of your computer. But alas, like most of us, I’m just an observer albeit one that has the privilege of weighing-in once a week in this newspaper on things that seem to matter. That said, you should also know I love airplanes. My father was a pilot when I was a kid and there was nothing that topped taking a ride with him in a single-engine Cessna on a Sunday afternoon.

Tiedown and wall

News, Santa Monica, Smo

SMO: Closure or Political Grandstanding?

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 11:13 am

Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a motion to consider a resolution indicating its intent to close the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) by June 30, 2018 or as soon as legally permitted. Council directed staff to bring a proposed resolution to its August 23, 2016 meeting.

Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Private Aircraft Crash

Posted May. 23, 2016, 12:24 pm

Sunday afternoon saw a private Aircrasft crash at the east end of the Santa Monica Airport Runway.

Troop 23 scouts celebrate their flight

News, Smo, Scouts

Imaginations Take Flight During Young Eagles Day at SMO

Posted Apr. 11, 2016, 2:20 pm

The Santa Monica Airport chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recently partnered with John Wilson, Scoutmaster of Pacific Palisades Boy Scouts of America Troop 23, to help twelve aspiring Eagle Scouts earn their Aviation Merit Badges.

Obama Motorcade on Ocean Park.

News, Smo, Obama, President

Obama Motorcade Motorcycle Officer Crash

Posted Feb. 12, 2016, 11:17 am

Local traffic ground to a halt this morning as President Obama made his way to Santa Monica Airport. A motorcycle officer crashed.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

FAA Rules On Santa Monica Airport, Saying It Must Remain Open Through 2023

Posted Dec. 5, 2015, 9:06 am

The FAA ruled Friday that the City of Santa Monica is obligated by grant assurances to operate Santa Monica Airport until Aug. 27, 2023.

Nelson Hernandez.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

Nelson Hernandez Named Senior Advisor To Santa Monica City Manager On Airport Affairs

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:52 am

Securing local control of the Santa Monica Airport is one of the top strategic goals adopted by the City Council earlier this year. To spearhead the priority, the City has hired Nelson Hernandez as the Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Airport Affairs.

The above illustration shows the overall “airport” property of three distinct parcels, and enlarges a portion of the runway adjacent to the “non-aviation” parcel (containing the existing 'Airport Park'). The two former aviation tie down lots on the “non-aviation” parcel will be converted to  more parks and playfields, and in 2016 the City will begin the planning process in earnest for this conversion, only possible with the mandate of Measure LC.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation To Host Fundraiser BBQ This Sunday

Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 10:12 am

The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will hold a fundraiser barbecue this Sunday, Nov. 15, to commemorate the first anniversary of the passage of Measure LC by voters of Santa Monica.

The City of Santa Monica received this notice from the FAA on Friday, Oct. 16.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown: FAA Delays On SMO Again

Posted Oct. 17, 2015, 8:51 am

The FAA on Friday sent the City of Santa Monica the (above) attached notice. They are again postponing a decision on the crucial matter of grant assurances expiration that encumbers the land we own at the airport. The City stopped taking grants in 1994. Grants come with 20-year obligations.

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.

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Posted Dec. 31, 1970, 4:00 pm

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.

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Posted Dec. 31, 1970, 4:00 pm

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, Smo

FAA To Host Southern California Metroplex Public Workshop In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 6, 2015, 9:33 am

The City of Santa Monica is distributing this advisory 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.

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.

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.

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.

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