My friend Robin sent me the following message. I think in the view of aviation safety, this is a must to pass on. When Safety is in question, we must take action.
Help remove big threat to aviation safety at the Schellville Airport in Sonoma County. Why? Yes, this is a small general aviation airport, who cares? I do, for one for three (ok, 4) reasons:
1. Someone knowingly built a clear hazard to aviation safety when they willfully violated the law constructing a solid log fence across an active runway overrun. Someone who is trying to make an emergency landing or regular landing on this runway will unlikely see the fence before it is too late and hit it. The people who constructed the fence do not care that the presence of the fence may kill people. (They also had a gun target that had people shooting live ammunition across the approach path of the other runway at Schellville. They only took it down when Channel 7 said they were going to put it on TV.
2. These same people violated several zoning and land use laws building a business with a huge pond that will attract additional water fowl and other birds that are a hazard to aviation. Their property directly abuts the airport (which was there more than 30 years). They couldn't get the permits they wanted to and built anyways and are attempting to get the land re-zoned. If they accomplish this, it will put all general airports in the State of California (like Sonoma Skypark where we have our C-120) at risk by setting a precedent to change zoning laws in attempt to close airports and develop the land.
3. If the airport closes, the income lost from the airport to the county, which will be much more than the new business (Leland Fly Fishing) generates, can easily cause my taxes to go up.
4. General principle. They have completely disregarded the county, state, and federal laws, the building and use permit process that you and I have to follow. They seem to feel he is above the law.
That just pisses me off to no end.
There is a lot more information below. This is a link to a piece Channel 7 did a month or so ago that is about 10 minutes long. Thanks for reading this. And if you do sign, please forward on to anyone you think might care about airport safety.
Robin, Flight to Success and all the followers are on this for you. Together we can make a difference~