KSAC - Sacramento, CA
KSAC is now under fire for the Fullertown homeowners as it seems the airport is eager to close off access (claiming that the FAA requires it or else they won't get their money) that has been used for years (since the 70's). I am sure the FAA is going to like forking out the bux to sound proof my house that adjoins the airfield. If I lose my access, you can bet I will whine about the noise. It will close the field as the FAA imposes hours and aircraft not to mention the value of the house going into the crapper. But, the cost of the sound improvements alone are not worth the cost they say we "freeloaders" get away with.
Airports are paid by yours and my taxes and just because we border the airfield in no way means we are privileged or misusing the facility. We are not a business that takes away from the FBOs on the field. We are "OCCASIONAL USERS" that pass thru the fence for private enjoyment just like the guy who flys in for lunch or anyone else.
This is all coming about because the airfields are suffering from the economic recession and they will try to force the others into paying field fees or else. What's next landing fees? It goes to show that the airfields are mis-managed and as counties, cities and others need more money, they turn to the airfields and want to squeeze every last cent out. Nice idea but in effect it's really is killing the airfield as owners get fed up and leave which is part of the velvet glove treatment to curb GA anyway, we feel.
I would like to know how a airport home is not compatible with the land use. Seems to me that they might be just a little short in that area as you go through all the usage from both sides of the fence. Geee sure seems to me to be about the same compatibility.