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on Aug 24, 2011
The FAA/NTSB accident records go back to 1964 for the Palo Alto Airport.
Why not provide all of the data available? Since 1964, including this accident, there have been 152 accidents--7 of which were fatal. In total, 14 people have been killed since 1964 at this airport.
Palo Alto Airport has been the base for training thousands of pilots and at least one astronaut. It is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation with 200,000+ take-offs and landings each year.
A valued community asset.
I was out hiking in the Baylands the other day ... and when I looped around where the sailboarding dock is there was a plane stuck out in the weeds that had crashed.
There things are crashing all over on a regular basis.
Pilots and astronauts can be trained in any location. Because some of them were trained here does not equate to the Palo Alto airport being a valuable community asset.
What people ought to think about a little is how we have about quadrupled the land by the bay now that the dump is gone ... so far it is just a park. A park that is not very pleasant to be in the way it is now ... in the heart of Silicon Valley on the peninsula we have a huge recreational area for biking, walking, hiking, taking your dogs for a walk, for birds and sailboarding ... and the constant roar of airplanes makes it useless.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING THIS GREAT ASSET WHEN PEOPLE CANNOT HEAR THEMSELVES THINK OR TALK TO EACH OTHER WHEN THEY ARE OUT THERE ?
We need to get rid of this airport and start realizing a city is people living their lives, not just a place for airplane pilots to impose their noise on everyone else.
We had the warning with the crash in EPA and the days long power outage ... whatever does it take for the "elite" to do the right thing when it might require them to drive a little longer to another airport to fly? So what, it is many multiples of drives shorter for people who want to go someplace to get some fresh and and take a walk or have a picnic.
DUMP THE AIRPORT BEFORE IT TAKES ANOTHER DUMP ON US.
> It is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation
> with 200,000+ take-offs and landings each year
That's no longer true, according to the FAA. Although PAO did have that many operations earlier in the decade, the number has dropped significantly in the last few years. The FAA data on their web site says there were approximately 160,000 operations in 2009 and 2010. That ranks it somewhere in the middle of the top 100 general aviation airports.
> A valued community asset.
I don't think so, but apparently some do. It's a waste of money and valuable space for Palo Alto in my opinion. If the City is forced to keep the airport because of FAA grant restrictions, it should run by the County rather the City because, as you say, it's a shared "community asset".
Now the libraries - there's a REAL waste of money. And the tennis courts. And the swimming pools. And Foothill Park; now there's a REAL waste of money that returns nothing for its expense. As for the noise, nothing can compare with those fog horns and the trains.
I have never flown out of or into the airport, but dozens of times I have greeted others who have. We allowed our harbor to be taken away on spurious reasoning and flimsy logic. I will not let our community be further diminished by an equivalent in pecksniffery. Let those who cannot abide an airport abide elsewhere.
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