Newt Gingrich: stealing the Illegal alien issue from the democrats ... and they are mad!


Full disclosure …

I grew up in a home on Clover Avenue overlooking Santa Monica Airport, also known as Clover Field. The flight path was a block North from my backyard. I loved planes, kept a radio tuned to approach control and loved to play on the airport grounds. I washed planes when I was eight in exchange for rides. My parents were perfectly fine with my adult pilot friends. And, best of all, I learned to fly at Santa Monica Airport.

Following the rules set down by my primary flight instructor whose rules went far beyond the responsibility you assume when piloting an aircraft. He taught me to slow down and read the question a second time before dashing off an answer. He taught me that the most useless things are altitude above you, runway behind you and one-tenth second ago. He taught me that there are old pilots and bold pilots, but damn few old, bold pilots. He taught me to think and act with a command authority when necessary. He also taught me the pleasure of a $50 hamburger (mostly a Cessna 150 rental) at an airport slurp and burp – hanging with other pilots and shooting the breeze.

Therefore I have strong negative feelings against the progressive democrats who decimated Santa Monica – the People’s Republic of Santa Monica -- forcing great companies like Douglas Aircraft out of the neighborhood. Allowing artists, architects and other non-airport businesses to locate on airport property. Leaving the South side of the airport a dilapidated ghetto. These are the people who forced light manufacturing out of Santa Monica in favor of touristy-type attractions. Raising taxes rather than increasing the tax base.

How many people can say they got to hang out with people like Donald Douglas, Jr., the great inventor Bill Lear or go flying with people like Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley who used the airport frequently? How many people could land late at night and find the Friendship 7 Space Capsule on a transport skid in the middle of Airport Avenue; awaiting transfer to the aircraft museum? Or goof around with guys whose fathers were personal secretaries to Howard Hughes who kept old planes like his Convair and DC-6 on the airport.

So it really pisses me off when I see stories in the Los Angeles Times that literally spew progressive activist venom and suggest that the end of the Clover Field is near …

“Battle over Santa Monica Airport's future revs up”

When leases expire in 2015, the city says, it won't be obligated to operate the facility as an airport. The FAA disagrees, standing with pilots and passengers. Foes cite noise, pollution and plane crashes.”

“Does the endgame loom in the decades-long tussle over Santa Monica Airport?
In 2015, all land and building leases at the airport expire, and city officials — and thousands of Westside residents weary of life in the flight path — say the obligation to operate the facility as an airport ends too. Santa Monica has hired consultants to study the 227-acre campus and early next year will begin asking for the public's input on potential future uses.”

The Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, asserts that the city must operate the airport in perpetuity under a 1948 ‘instrument of transfer. The agency, long a potent adversary on the airport issue, has vowed to stand pat for pilots and passengers.
The dispute could well end up in court.”

“At the least, it is revving up an ongoing battle that has pitted flight-school operators and convenience-loving Westside jet-setters against airport opponents fed up with noise, pollution and plane crashes — most recently in August, when a student pilot in a small plane clipped a tree and plunged into the side of a Santa Monica house.”

These people knew that the airport was there and chose to live there anyway. All of their bitching and moaning has to do with property values. Noise is not a major issue as the airport is virtually a ghost town after 10 p.m. and there are severe noise restrictions for airport operations.

As for crashes, both West Los Angeles and Santa Monica have seen their share of horrific auto crashes and major fires – which greatly outnumber the occasional incident at the airport; which has one of the best safety records in the nation.

When I was twelve, a pilot crashed into a flower field next to where I was walking. My thoughts were to get the pilot out of the aircraft and insure the master switch was off. No thoughts about how unsafe the neighborhood might be. We we taught to take off Runway 21 and take our flight path over Penmar Golf Course – flying to the Coast before making a turn to minimize the impact on those under us. Other than touch-and-goes, there was no stunt flying or buzzing neighborhoods.

“ Although many residents embrace the airport for its economic value and its dog park, athletic fields, art galleries and plane-watching opportunities, activists say the risks and disruptions outweigh the benefits.”

If it was up to me, airports would remain airports, not mixed use developments designed by progressives. Flying has become so expensive these days that only the rich can continue the rich traditions of recreational flying; and the Internet has made face-to-face meetings almost obsolete. A sad state of affairs in my humble opinion.

Leave it to the progressives and their useful idiots to bring up ecological issues …

"A lot of people in the community would really like to see the airport closed," said Cathy Larson, who lives in Sunset Park at the airport's western edge. "There are lots of obstacles to achieving that."
Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents Mar Vista, Venice and other neighborhoods surrounding Santa Monica, has dived into the turbulence, citing constituents' complaints about the aerial meanderings of student pilots in the densely populated area and elevated levels of potentially hazardous particles from jet exhaust and lead from propeller-plane fuel. "The airport doesn't belong there anymore," he said. "…There's no physical buffer between the airport and the lungs of my constituents."

I love the smell of avgas and jet fuel, the sound of aircraft overhead makes me happy. Thousands of people lived next to airports without harm. So this progressive crap just annoys me. The freakin councilman appears to be an instrument of the developers who can’t wait to get their hands on this prime Westside property.

A little history …

“Santa Monica Airport, established in 1917, is described on a city website as the oldest continuously operating airport in Los Angeles County. After Santa Monica acquired the original 170 acres in 1926, the property became the home of Douglas Aircraft Co., whose DC-3 would introduce average Americans to commercial air travel in the 1930s. At its peak, the company had 44,000 employees, and both Los Angeles and Santa Monica encouraged the building of housing right up to the airport's perimeter.

Another progressive Marxist weighs in …

"It really ties in with the 1% vs. the 99% issue," said Martin Rubin, a Los Angeles air-quality activist who has helped lead the charge against the airport. "The 1% are jet-setting in and out of Santa Monica Airport … and polluting the air for a large number of residents."

Then why isn’t he railing against Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and a host of other progressive celebrities and politicians who use the airport as a convenient waypoint or base of operations?

Bottom line …

Santa Monica Airport is a historical treasure, national defense facility and the gateway to the area should there be a area-wide natural disaster.

As for those who moved into the airport believing the subtle musings of the real estate agents who allowed them to believe that the airport would be gone after 2015 – move!

Want to curb noise and pollution? Shut down the 10 Freeway from Bundy to Pacific Coast Highway – and then watch the political squawking.

Even though children are no longer allowed access to the airport property without adult supervision and some of the best fixed base operators have moved on, the airport remains a wondrous place, and I can’t help but visit when I am in West Los Angeles.

Among my most cherished pieces of memorabilia is a ragged page from the now-defunct Santa Monica Evening Outlook with a commemorative page consisting of all the pilots who used the airport at the time. Since I couldn’t be the first signature on the page, I insisted I would be the last.

-- steve

Reference Links …
Battle over Santa Monica Airport's future revs up -

From Wikipedia: Aircraft Crashes at Santa Monica Airport

  • On Labor Day weekend in 1989, a P-51 Mustang crashed into a home on Wade St near Brooklake St in Mar Vista. The pilot and passenger were both injured.[5]
  • In 1994, the pilot of a single-engine Piper Saratoga died when a fuel system misconfiguration led to an in-flight engine shutdown. The aircraft stalled in a subsequent 180 degree turn for a forced emergency landing and struck the ground, which resulted in a post-crash fire.[6]
  • On March 28, 2001, an inexperienced pilot rented a Cessna 172 from Justice Aviation at the airport and subsequently lost control of the aircraft over the Pacific Ocean upon encountering dark, instrument meteorological conditions. Three were killed.[7]
  • On November 13, 2001, the pilot of a twin-engine Cessna failed to remove the device that locks the control system for parking (to prevent wind damage) and two were killed when the aircraft overran the runway after an unsuccessful aborted takeoff.[8]
  • Game-show host Peter Tomarken and his wife Kathleen died when his Beechcraft Bonanza crashed during climb-out from the airport on the morning of March 13, 2006. The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the aircraft had engine trouble and attempted to turn back before crashing into Santa Monica Bay.[9][10]
  • On January 13, 2008, a home-built aircraft ran off the end of runway 21 after a brake failure, jumped over the hillside, landing on a service road. The three passengers on board were not hurt although the kit-built aircraft was damaged severely. The runway was closed for 20 minutes.
  • On January 28, 2009, a single-engine SIAI-Marchetti SF-260C lost power following takeoff and attempted to return to the airport. The aircraft struck the ground on the north side of runway 21 and caught fire, killing two people on board. Paulo Emanuele, the general manager of, was the pilot-in-command, and his passenger was Martin Schaedel, a well-known internet entrepreneur and engineer in his twenties. After an investigation The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The pilot’s failure to select the proper fuel tank for takeoff, which resulted in a loss of engine power. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while attempting a return to runway maneuver.[11][12]
  • On August 2, 2009, a Rutan Long-EZ experienced engine failure after takeoff. The pilot attempted to turn back to the runway but crashed on the taxiway in the process of landing. The pilot, flying alone, was severely injured and the airplane was destroyed.[13]
  • On July 1, 2010, a Cessna 152, owned by Justice Aviation, crashed into the Penmar Golf Course shortly after take-off. The pilot was killed.[14]
  • On August 29, 2011, a student pilot operating a small plane owned by Justice Aviation crashed into a home at 21st St. and Navy St. after take-off. [15]

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