We see news and evidence everyday, showing how FAA has become the ‘force’ – faraway in DC, and disconnected from the local realities – that denies local control of airports and impedes progress to manage and limit aviation impacts. These are all signs of a deeply captured agency.
But, it is important to also recognize, FAA tries to not discriminate, thus makes problems not just for the non-aviation community (airport neighbors) but also for many within the aviation community. There are many legitimate individuals involved in aviation, battling FAA’s mindless bureaucracy and bottomless power; they, too, are feeling ‘burned’ by FAA’s waste and ineptitude. It is beyond comprehension that FAA would need to specially modify the minimally-used airspace as discussed in this article. A pointless effort engaging a formal rulemaking process to no productive end, an effort that seems to serve nobody – except, it does give some underworked FAA employees a task to spend time on.
This article is at General Aviation News, a periodical based in the Seattle area that has been a leading news source for people in aviation, particularly on the west coast. The airport, Salem [KSLE], serves a state capitol but has ZERO commercial airline operations and is extremely slow – averaging just three takeoffs per hour – yet receives subsidies for a contract air traffic control tower.
Click here to read the GA News article and comments.