CONGRESSMAN LIEU SENDS LETTER TO FAA ADMINISTRATOR HUERTA ON CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AT SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

January 9, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta urging him to withdraw a recent cease and desist order regarding Santa Monica Airport. FAA issued the order after the City of Santa Monica began taking steps to establish its own fixed-base operator service.

Excerpts from Mr. Lieu’s Letter:

“In the Order, the [FAA] incorrectly stated that the city of Santa Monica “chose not to oppose” judicial motions filed by the two fixed-base operators, American Flyers, Inc. and Atlantic Aviation FBO, Inc. In fact, the city clearly opposed the motions in court filings and no orders were issued from the motions by the FBOs…”

“Even more troubling than the FAA's ignorance is that the Order contradicts the FAA’s own guidance allowing airport sponsors to exclusively provide aeronautical services. The FAA's Order prevents the city, the operator of Santa Monica Airport, from seeking to serve as its own FBO providing various aeronautical services including fueling services. The FAA, however, specifically gave cities such as Santa Monica the right to be its own FBO…”

“The mission of the FAA is ‘to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.’  The FAA's mission is not to be a shill for corporations. I call on the FAA to live up to its mission by rescinding its overreaching order and, instead, work with the city of Santa Monica.”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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