Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SMO in the News

The following articles relating to SMO have appeared in the press lately:

Helicopter 'Noise Relief' Bill Garners More Local Support (Santa Monica Patch - Jan 25, 2012)
Why its Tough to fight Pollution at SMO (Santa Monica Patch - Jan 24, 2012)
City of Santa Monica - Let's Raise Airport Rents (CalPilots.org - Jan 24, 2012)
Santa Monica Airport Economics 101 (Santa Monica Patch - Jan 23, 2012)
City Hall into Santa Monica Airport for long haul (Santa Monica Daily Press - Jan 23, 2012)
A different perspective in SMO debate (Santa Monica Daily Press - Jan 20, 2012)
Airport Commission to hold Environmental Workshop (Santa Monica Dispatch - Jan 18, 2012)
Sign up Now for Santa Monica Airport Group Discussions (Santa Monica Mirror - Jan 13, 2012)
Score One for City of Santa Monica over FAA! (Santa Monica Patch - Jan 10, 2012)
He doesn't need an escort! Harrison Ford Flies...(Daily Mail - Jan 03, 2012)
Fighter jets scrambled after plane looses contact (Santa Monica Daily Press - Jan 03, 2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Report on the Accuracy of the new SMO Tail Number System

In response to community requests, Santa Monica Airport recently began posting (here) monthly tail number reports derived from the newly installed system from "Vector Airport Solutions" designed to recognize aircraft tail numbers as they take off in order to administer the airport 'Landing Fees' program.  CASMAT has prepared a report on the accuracy of the new system.  The results show that the system currently misses from 20% to 40% of all SMO takeoffs, and that the vast bulk of the missed tail numbers are associated with pattern flying.  Probable reasons for the shortcomings are given in the report, and we hope the city moves quickly to correct the problems found given the community focus on the negative impacts of pattern flying.

2/21/2012 - The report has been augmented to include comparison with the July 2011 CASMAT traffic report.  Vector Solutions data for July 2011 was finally posted by airport staff on February 17, 2012 due to known issues with accuracy which took that long to resolve.

Report:Accuracy Report on new SMO Tail Number System

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