Federal Court Hears Arguments on Santa Monica Jet Ban

October 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: The LookOut News (Santa Monica, CA)

October 15, 2010 –A Washington D.C. federal appellate court today heard arguments from City of Santa Monica and FAA attorneys about whether Santa Monica can ban larger, faster jets from the local airport. A decision is expected sometime later this year.

The City Council passed an ordinance two years ago that banned C and D jet aircraft, which approach speeds up to 191 mph, because they could harm those living near Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The FAA immediately challenged the ordinance.

The law, which has not gone into effect, went through a series of court and FAA hearings, with the City losing each battle. The case before the D.C. court has gained national attention. Neighborhood activists and governments have sided with the City, while professional and amateur pilot groups have sided with the FAA. Amicus briefs for both sides have been submitted to the court.

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