The Santa Monica Airport Commission will conduct a flight school workshop on Monday Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss flight training activity at Santa Monica Airport and at other airports throughout the region. The public is invited to attend to participate in a Q&A session at the workshop, which will be held at the City Council chambers.
The workshop is being conducted as part of the Airport Commission’s continuing effort to inform and educate the public regarding the operation of the Santa Monica Airport.
The agenda and format of the meeting was developed by Airport staff working in conjunction with an ad hoc committee of the Airport Commission and representatives of the Santa Monica Airport flight schools.
The Flight School Workshop will include an overview and introduction by Santa Monica Airport Director Bob Trimborn.
Trimborn will present a review of the current flight school operations at Santa Monica Airport and discuss flight school activity at other airports in the Southern California region.
His presentation will be followed by a discussion regarding flight school operations, flight training, and other related information.
Trimborn said the Airport Commission holds regular workshops throughout the year on topics such as noise operations and environmental issues, but this would be the first workshop dedicated to flight schools.
“It’s an education and awareness workshop that people will understand what flight training is about, and jurisdiction issues related to flight training,” Trimborn said. “Flight schools are part of the Airport Commission’s education program to educate people on the operation of the airport.”
Trimborn said he did not know if Monday’s workshop would attract more people than usual at its other workshops following the Aug. 29 single-engine Cessna crash in Santa Monica flown by a student pilot.
“We could have more than normal, I’m not sure,” he said. “We don’t have any polling that’s going to tell us how many people are going to be there.”
Ten-minute presentations will be given by John Fairweather, Sunset Park resident; Joe Justice, owner of Justice Aviation; and Jay Elder, Director of American Flyers at Santa Monica Airport.
A Q&A session will then be moderated by Airport Commissioner Richard Brown.
The public is invited to participate in a question and answer session.
Questions must be related to the information and topics presented and/or discussed during the workshop presentations.
Persons may choose to either submit up to three written questions to staff; or submit a chit and request to speak.
Anyone chosen to speak will be limited to three minutes.
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