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Letter To The Editor: Helicopter Pilots Endorse Initiative To Keep SMO Open:

Dear Editor,

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association endorses the citizen initiated ballot measure that would put the future of any City actions to change the airport in voters’ hands.

The City Council has demonstrated an unwavering campaign to close the airport over the objections of supporters and numerous failed attempts to abrogate the City’s legal obligations to keep the airport open.

During the March 25, 2014 Council meeting the City Council again reaffirmed its commitment to close the airport no matter the cost, after its most recent loss to the federal government in court.

The city had sued the Federal Aviation Administration to gain control of the property, which was dismissed by the judge presiding over the case. One of many such dismissals.

The PHPA joins with AOPA and airport supporters in their concern that the city fathers will redevelop the airports 227 acres into high density land use thereby increasing traffic and pollution, negatively impacting the people of Santa Monica.

According to a study commissioned by the city and conducted by H R & A Advisors, Inc, Santa Monica Airport generates an economic impact of $275 million annually, is the base of 175 businesses, and provides 1500 jobs within the city, 900 on the airport.

The PHPA is dismayed in this time of economic recession that the city would ignore the airports economic benefits and would work to put people out of their jobs.

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA), based in Los Angeles represents both private and public helicopter pilots and supporters.

The PHPA has had a long-standing commitment to its Fly Neighborly, Safety, and Community Relations programs.

For four decades since 1967, PHPA members have conducted helicopter missions within the L.A. area that serve the needs of the community, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, aerial firefighting, utility construction & maintenance, as well as support the business community.

The PHPA, along with other leaders in the helicopter industry, have always made safety their number one priority.

Anthony Byrnes

Profession Helicopter Pilots Association

in Opinion
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