Airport Business

DEC 2018-JAN 2019

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December 2018/January 2019 airportbusiness 9 AIRPORT GURU to public-use airports for the purpose of determining obstructions to air navigation: primary surface, approach surface, transitional surface, horizontal surface and conical surface. These emanate from the runway centerlines and are dimensioned according to the visibility minimums associated with the approach to the runway ends and size of aircraft to operate on each runway. First enacted in 2011, imaginary surface requirements propose real threats to on-airport development projects across the nation, as well to the negotiation of new leases for development or the extension of previously grandfathered properties. Airports are a vital economic asset to regions and communities. Thus, height restrictions have the unintended consequence of reducing airport access, the aviation industry’s corresponding economic contributions and, most importantly, the need for airports to meet operational demand for aeronautical facilities. In addition, these restrictions may inadvertently result in negative impacts to flights used for business, goods movement, flight training, medical emergency flights, disaster relief, recreation, air patrol and other important uses. About the Author Curt Castagna Curt Castagna, president and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, is a member of the Los Angeles County Airport Commission, president of the Van Nuys and Long Beach Airport Associations, and a board member of the National Air Transportation Association. A certified private and instrument-rated pilot, he has instructed courses in aviation administration at Cal State Los Angeles for over two decades.

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