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AOPA vice president encourages increasing general aviation capabilities in San Jose

June 3, 2010, 06:00 pm

In a recent letter to the director of aviation for San Jose, California, a vice president with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association urged that general aviation concerns be taken into account in an updated master plan for the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport.

Bill Dunn, in his letter to William Sherry, said that for a number of decades, general aviation has been pushed out of the airport in favor of corporate jets. Furthermore, city-owned hangers at the facility have not accepted new tenants since 1995, according to Dunn's letter.

"We urge you to change the direction of this exclusionary policy that has discouraged light general aviation piston and turbine aircraft from basing at SJC and accommodate those aircraft owners who wish to base at the airport," Dunn wrote.

A number of airports across the country are actually expanding their general aviation capabilities. For example, SummitAviation recently announced it was adding a hanger to a facility in Delaware. Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina also recently opened a new general aviation terminal at a cost of $4.5 million.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19816864-ADNFCR

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