KHHR Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport (80 acres) Hawthorne, CA Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KLAX] 4 W ; [KTOA] 7 S ; [KSMO] 8 NW ; [KLGB] 11 SE ;(ave. distance: 8 nm) Total Based Aircraft: 111 (89 single-props, 20 … Continue reading

FEB 25-27: Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium, at Long Beach, CA

Every year, industry representatives (including FAA and the lobbyists, of course!) meet at around this time, for the ‘Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium’. The event is traditionally held in the Palm Springs area, but is at Long Beach this year. … Continue reading

[KSMO] Update: City Issues 30-Day Notices for Both Airport FBO’s to Vacate

It has been many decades of hard work, and the end-result may soon be here: closure of this unneeded airport to eliminate health hazards, add parks, and better serve the local community. Airport neighbors are severely impacted, mainly by charter jets … Continue reading

Accidents & Incidents, [2016Q1]

The following table presents a chronology for the first quarter of 2016, showing all known ‘fatal’ U.S. civil aviation accidents, as well as a few selected non-fatal accidents and incidents. Data shows date (weekends are underlined), location, number of fatalities, … Continue reading

From St. Clair to Santa Monica – How FAA Delays Airport Closures

One of the biggest airport fights in the U.S. today is in Santa Monica, CA [KSMO], where neighbors and community officials are trying to close down at least part of KSMO and use the land for better purposes. This airport … Continue reading

Interesting Reader Comments Submitted to AOPA’s Blog Post about Santa Monica Airport

One week ago, aviation lobby group AOPA posted an article about the fight for local control of the airport in Santa Monica, CA [KSMO]. Some interesting reader comments came in before the comment period was closed (an apparent 7-day standard … Continue reading

Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure LC for Local Control of their Airport

Voters in Santa Monica passed Measure LC, surviving an intense effort (and lots of out-of-area funding) to kill their goal of regaining local control of their airport. In June 2015, a 30-year-old agreement between the city and FAA ends, and … Continue reading


8-9-2015 KCPM Compton/Woodley Airport (77 acres) Compton, CA Four Nearby Instrument Airports: KHHR 5 NW ; KLGB 6 SE ; KTOA 7 SW ; KLAX 9 W ;(ave. distance: 7 nm) Total Based Aircraft:175 (151 single-props, 14 multi-props, 1 glider) … Continue reading