Wei Chen, a private pilot is flying his single engine Daher-Socata TBM 700 around the world. Starting from his home in Memphis, TN he will be making history with his flight by obtaining clearance through Chinese airspace. China had previously not allowed General Aviation aircraft to fly freely with in the country. This event marks an opening for General Aviation to grow further throughout the world. Today China only has about 300 airports in the entire country.
He will be making his Los Angeles stop at Santa Monica airport. This is not the first time that Santa Monica airport has been the site for an historic around the world flight. In March of 1924 a Douglas World Cruiser aircraft (built at the Douglas factory in Santa Monica) left for an around the world flight and returned 175 days later making Douglas the “First Around the World”.
Wei Chen, a member the China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association left Memphis on May 22nd and is returning to Memphis on July 30th. He will be stopping in Santa Monica on the afternoon of July 22nd. Their route of flight has already taken them from Memphis, through Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Dubai, India, Laos, Vietnam, and China to their current position in Anchorage, AK. Prior to landing at Santa Monica they will be landing at Vancouver, Canada, and San Francisco.
“Santa Monica Airport is the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County and the Friends of Santa Monica Airport welcome Wei Chen. His stopover in Santa Monica shows the continued value and importance of the airport and general aviation to the local community and its reputation throughout the world,” said Robby Rowbotham, FOSMO President.
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Well, we had everything lined up for a great day on Saturday, and it was looking to be a fantastic celebration of all things aviation, right here in Santa Monica at our favorite airport.
The popularity of the event far exceeded our expectations and so we have decided to postpone the event to give us a chance to better prepare for its huge popularity. We want to show the community Santa Monica Airport, the right way. If you would like to be notified of future events, please sign up to our email newsletter.
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David Hadley: Green lawsuit threatens to ground private planes
By David Hadley Beach Cities Republican Club
Posted: 09/01/2011 08:15:24 PM PDT
Updated: 09/01/2011 08:21:36 PM PDT
Let’s say you are Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general. Your challenge is to preserve your strong environmentalist credentials without getting blamed for grounding the California private plane industry. It’s going to be tougher than it sounds.
You barely squeaked into office in 2010, needing a recount to win when Democrats were cruising in every other statewide race. Even in a true-blue state, many Democratic and independent voters thought you were too liberal for the job.
You owe your left-wing support and your uberliberal reputation partly to your zealous pursuit of “environmental justice.” When you were the district attorney of San Francisco, you established the city’s first environmental justice unit. Your attorney general campaign endorsements included the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters.
But now one of your allies may have gone too far.
On May 9, the Center for Environmental Health notified your office that it was planning to sue dozens of companies in the California general aviation industry – private planes – for emitting lead into the environment. CEH threatened its suits under Proposition 65, which allows “private parties in the public interest” (read: entrepreneurial lawyers) to sue companies for discharging harmful chemicals into California water.
Lead is a harmful substance that can cause birth defects, illness and death. Sounds like a no-brainer for you to pile onto this suit.
But you know lead is necessary to keep private planes aloft. Of private planes in the U.S., 70 percent are piston-powered (non-jets) and run on “avgas,” or aviation gasoline.
You also know that lead has been eliminated from many applications over the decades, such as car gasoline and paint. U.S. lead emissions have declined more than 99 percent since 1970. And avgas is a rounding error, accounting for only one-tenth of one percent of current emissions.
The CEH lawsuits threaten an entire industry. You can’t force CEH to back off. You appear to have two choices – you can let CEH proceed with their suits or you can take the cases over.
You don’t like either option. You don’t want to be held responsible for shutting down the whole industry, but you will disappoint your environmentalist friends if you don’t get in on CEH’s action.
Couldn’t you quietly ask CEH to go easy? CEH won’t want to; Proposition 65 litigation is its business. CEH generates much of its revenue by suing – or threatening to sue – alleged Proposition 65 violators, and then collecting “reasonable” attorney’s fees from the same violators.
But CEH doesn’t want to cross you either. Proposition 65 gives you, as attorney general, the right to argue in court for CEH to receive payments from defendants who have been found to violate Proposition 65. So your good word – on this case or others – can boost CEH’s revenue.]]>