Phase III Overview
At the May 8, 2012, City Council meeting, the City Council directed City staff to proceed with the following objectives for the Phase III of the Santa Monica Airport Visioning Process:
1. Address concerns about transparency, communications and trust.
- Conduct two workshops that are being scheduled within the Phase III process from June 2012 through early 2013.
- Provide more information about: flight operations, including counting repetitive operations; operational best practices of general aviation airports nationwide; and FAA operational data on a monthly basis.
- Host educational seminars.
- Update Airport website making it more user friendly.
- Hold an Annual Airport Open House.
2. Transform Santa Monica Airport into a model Green Airport.
- Develop a Sustainable Transportation Incubator.
- Update the Airport Sustainability Plan.
- Pursue emission reduction efforts by: installing ground power units to reduce the impacts of noise and emissions upon Airport neighbors from existing diesel fueled mobile auxiliary power units; evaluating a mid-field run up area; reducing idling time; developing a strategy for providing alternative fueling stations including electric charging stations for aircraft and dispensing aviation biofuel; working with a legislative team to support the elimination of low-lead, propeller plane fuel; partnering with the Airport Cooperative Research Program and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a "Qualifying Aircraft Lead Emissions at Airports" study that will start summer 2012.
3. Pursue making Santa Monica Airport a better neighbor with greater community benefit by:
- Conduct a fee study.
- Reduce flight school operations through subsidies to move a portion of their operations to airports better suited for pattern flying.
- Make improvements on aviation land: blast wall; navigational aids with Global Positioning System (GPS); and runway safety, e.g., Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS).
4. Evaluate possible design improvements for non-aviation land by:
- Evaluate mixed-use options including recreational space and facilities, light retail, and arts and education facilities; and incorporate improvements to bicycle, pedestrian and mass-transit access.
5. Continue on-going dialogue with the FAA to assess possibilities for voluntarily reducing adverse impacts of Airport operations.
Further detail is available in the May 8, 2012, City Council staff report. For more information please call (310) 458-8221.