City Council Votes in Favor of Closing SMO Flight Schools

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The Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 0 yesterday to support federal legislation or an administrative action that would close six flight schools at the Santa Monica Airport and also alter the current departure route that crosses the Penmar Golf Course and runs above Rose Avenue in Venice to the beach.

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From the LATimes:
Concerned about safety and aircraft emissions, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday called for federal legislation that would change the takeoff route from Santa Monica Airport and close all six of its flight schools.

The resolution, which is not binding on Santa Monica or the Federal Aviation Administration, represents part of a broader strategy to shut down the popular aviation hub by 2015, when opponents believe federal requirements expire.

“An airport makes no sense in that urban environment with all the noise, air pollution and flights over neighborhoods,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who offered the resolution along with his colleagues Janice Hahn and Paul Koretz.

The action brought a swift response from airport supporters and FAA officials, who saidthat the airport has a good safety record, and that any effort to oust the flight schools and shut down the airport in four years could violate various federal agreements.

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