JetSuiteX Blowing Off Airport Authorities, Still Planning Scheduled Flights Out of Santa Monica

We’re down to the last two weeks. On February 6th, a charter operator wants to add to the impacts at Santa Monica with the start of scheduled passenger service on 30-passenger jets, offering flights to San Jose, Carlsbad, and Las Vegas. It appears the airport has not been certified to handle this type of operation, that for example the emergency response personnel and equipment is not sufficient for a possible accident by the operator ‘Delux Public Charter’ under JetSuiteX. But, corporate hubris ignores safety, legality, and environmental compatibility.

The scrollable PDF below shows a recent article by Beige Luciano-Adams, in a local paper, the Argonaut. This reporter did a very good job asking questions and getting candid answers from both sides. On the other hand, attempts to get candor from FAA were rebuffed. Indeed, in this whole matter, the worst character is FAA. They are truly acting as a captured regulator serving only aviation, enabling JetSuiteX to compel the City to waste resources protecting the City and people from excessive and unacceptable risks.

A real aviation regulator would have put a stop on JetSuiteX in December, shortly after they started selling tickets online. A real aviation regulator also would have ordered JetSuiteX to cease selling of these tickets with discounts for Santa Monica residents, a practice that is discriminatory and thus appears to be illegal. A real aviation regulator would have worked hard to bring the operator and the airport authority together to quickly resolve all issues, trying earnestly to create air service, but rejecting the proposal if it failed safety standards and other requirements.

FAA has done nothing … which is part of the collaborated plan.

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To read another local article, and to also see an analysis showing how poorly JetuiteX has done selling passenger seats to Santa Monicans (despite the discriminatory pricing), click here.

Three Groups File Petition asking EPA to Address Lead in AvGas

Three leading advocacy groups are petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action to address harms caused by lead in aviation fuels. The petition was filed on April 21, 2014, by Oregon Aviation Watch (OAW), Friends of the Earth, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Others connected to the filing include Earthjustice and The Environmental Law and Justice Clinic.

Lead Emissions by Sector, 2008

Aircraft 571.49 tons
Industrial Processes 248.06 tons
Electric Generation 59.78 tons
Industrial Boilers 48.38 tons
all other sources 35.78 tons
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The first U.S. federal efforts to eliminate hazardous lead were made by EPA, more than forty years ago. Lead was removed from paint and automotive fuel by the mid-1990’s. In the area of aviation, though, almost no progress has been made: due to ongoing delays by FAA, lead continues to be added to the aviation fuel used by most small aircraft. In fact, entire new aviation technologies have emerged, with thousands of new aircraft constructed, still using engines that burn leaded aviation fuel. Thus, General Aviation has become the largest source of U.S. lead emissions, producing nearly 60% of all emissions.

EPA is in the middle of a study which purports to monitor lead emissions at seventeen GA airports. Preliminary data reported in June 2013 identified two airports which exceeded safe lead levels, for which EPA created information sheets. One was San Carlos ([KSQL], between the San Francisco and Palo Alto airports in California). The other was the McClellan-Palomar Airport [KCRQ],  north of San Diego, in Carlsbad, CA. A more inclusive set of data is due out later this year.