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Santa Monica Airport has yet to accept FAA safety offer

February 2, 2011, 05:26 pm

The Santa Monica Airport, which was recently denied the ability to ban large business jets by a circuit court judge, is not moving towards accepting the Federal Aviation Administration's compromise of offering to install a safety precaution on its runway, according to AvWeb.

The FAA has offered to install a crushed-concrete barrier on the west end of the runway to protect the inhabitants of homes in the area in case a jet were ever to skid off of the runway. However, according to AvWeb, the airport will not accept the offer until the FAA offers to place the concrete on the east end of the runway, as well.

Though the exact reason for this hesitation may not be immediately clear, the motivation behind the airport's request may be that having the safety region on both ends of the runway would significantly shorten it, making large jet plans unable to land on it, according to AvWeb. Therefore, the airport would implement a de facto ban on large jets.

Though Santa Monica proposed this ban over concerns for the safety of the inhabitants of the homes in the area, sliding off a runway could also be fatal for the pilot and other passengers on the plane. Life insurance for pilots is always important to consider, especially for those with families of which they are the sole provider.  

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