Major Changes Coming To Sonoma County Airport

SANTA ROSA (KCBS) – A deadly crash that killed 47 passengers in Kentucky in 2006 is causing airports around the country to make fixes to their runways, including at the Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport.

The flight crashed on takeoff after a flight officer mistakenly took a runway that was too short.

Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire said plans are in place to fix the Santa Rosa airport.

“The north end of the airport’s two runways terminate at the same point, which could result, particularly in bad weather, in the pilot choosing the wrong runway,” said McGuire.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The Federal Aviation Administration established new runway safety standards that have now been mandated by Congress.

Some of the runway work at the Sonoma County Airport is included in an $84 million proposal to expand the airport, which will go before the county Board of Supervisors later this year.

But the Sierra Club Sonoma Group is taking issue with the expansion.

“If 747-type aircrafts come in, those are quite a bit louder than the ones currently flying,” said Steve Birdlebough, Chair of the Sierra Club Sonoma Group.

Birdlebough said they have concerns about both the potential for noise and pollution. The environmental review process will allow the concerns to be aired.

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  • Jimbo96

    The runway extension would allow jet powered commuter aircraft instead of just turboprop aircraft to use STS. Only a couple of people will actually have standing to complain, but they are already in the flight path, and many are subject to an avigation easement over their property, quite a few of which have been missed by the title insurance industry now that it’s research is mostly done in India or the Sacramento area instead of locally. The existence of the avigation (flight and noise as well as a limit on the height of structures and vegetation) means that the prior owners gave that right up to the federal government, and were paid for it too. They are barred by law about filing any lawsuit because they no longer have that right. Hope that the title insurance companies who missed this end up losing a lot of money because they got rid of the local people who used to do the research for cheaper foreign labor. As for the Sierra Club, they can go suck on a rock as they are nothing but busy bodies who have nothing to do with the properties affected but like to think that they can control it anyway.

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