To the editor:
Greenville is once again proposing an ordinance that is anti-business, and possibly illegal. The ordinance deals with minimum standards for general aviation operations at the municipal airport.
The document is very poorly written and contains provisions which are so onerous that it will certainly be subject to legal challenges. Greenville does not need another lawsuit involving the airport.
This document dictates how often an aircraft must fly and requires private aircraft owners to present their log books for city inspection. Such a requirement is unprecedented.
The ordinance requires a startup flying service to own three airplanes to include one jet. A new flight school would be required to have three airplanes, even if there are not enough students to warrant them. A new fixed base operation would be required to build a 10,000 sq. ft. hangar; almost double the size of any general aviation hangar currently on the airport.
The hours an employee must work are specified and an employee may not do different duties. A mechanic may not also be a pilot. A flight instructor may not also do aircraft sales.
The above items are but a few of the conditions affecting aircraft owners and pilots. The lengthy list of grandiose requirements will block any small business from starting up at the airport.
The ordinance is clearly designed to limit general aviation growth and activities. It is a foolish move by the airport and the city.
This ordinance will be discussed at a special airport advisory board meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. The ordinance is on the agenda for this special meeting and may be voted on by the board prior to any citizens to be heard. Should it pass the airport board it will then go to the city council.
If this ordinance passes it will severely curtail any development of general aviation at the airport.
Let your city council members know that Greenville cannot afford another lawsuit. Let them know it is bad for business and bad for Greenville.
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