Another New Airline Arrives at Hawthorne – FLOAT

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Conducting practice flights right now, FLOAT’s commercial airline service says it will start in January 2020.

Another commercial airline is landing at Hawthorne on a regular basis – FLOAT Fly Over All the Traffic.  The big planes are not as loud as the Surf Air turbo-prop PC-12s, but still big, noisy airplanes.

And yet another commercial airline using Hawthorne, which is not a designated as a commercial airport.

Have you seen the FLOAT airplanes fly over your home? Leave a comment below…

Learn more about FLOAT at https://www.floatshuttle.com/pricing 

This FLOATPlane_Homeis what their planes look like

 

Jet Center LA About to Open New Hangars Along 120th, Highlight Airport has no Curfew

More hanger space at Hawthorne run by Jet Center LA.

According to the City jet traffic is up 300% in the last couple of years.

Will this bring in even more jets? It’s not looking good.

Particularly when Jet Center keeps highlighting in the aviation press that Hawthorne has absolutely no curfew. See the sentence  we bolded.

Article on aviation website AINonline

Jet Center Los Angeles, one of two FBOs at dedicated general aviation Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR), expects to complete its $10.5 million hangar project by the end of this month.

Located three miles south of LAX and 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles, HHR has a 4,956-foot runway and no curfew. It is situated just blocks away from the under-construction stadium for the L.A. Rams football team and SpaceX’s headquarters are on the southest end of the airfield.

“With the help from our partners and talented team, Hawthorne Airport is perfectly situated to service all the overflow from busier L.A. airports,” said Jet Center Los Angeles president Levi Stockton. “With these hangars in place and the new Rams stadium, Hawthorne Airport will be the hot spot for L.A. corporate travel.”

Uh-oh: New Airline ROAM Starting Commercial Service at Hawthorne Soon

Well this can’t be good – yet another commercial airline is starting up operations at Hawthorne Airport. They say they’re launching a similar model to Surf Air “in the coming months.” How did tiny Hawthorne airport surrounded by neighborhoods close in become LA’s major commercial airport? Without ever informing us residents?

Learn more about ROAM at IFlyRoam.com

The airline also promotes that they are hiring young and inexperienced pilots to fly for them. Inexperienced pilots landing commercial airlines over our neighborhoods? That doesn’t sound good.
http://iflyroam.com/pilots

Who Owns and Operates Hawthorne Airport?

It gets complicated, but it all seems designed to ignore those of us in local communities…

  1. City of Hawthorne owns the airport and the City Council gets to make overall strategic decisions about what will happen to the airport. They approve the Master Plan.
  2. FAA operates the runway and the control tower. It contracts out control tower operations to Serco. Since it is giving grants to the City for the airport it likely feels it has say over the runway, similar to the Santa Monica Airport case.
  3. Hawthorne Airport LLC runs the off-runway portions of the airport. They have leased the airport property from the City for 45 years. They are building several new hangars for the large turbo props and private jets. It is a strategic partnership of:
    1. Kearny Real Estate Company
    2. Wedgewood
    3. Howard CDM
  4. City of Hawthorne airport staff includes:
    1. Guido Fernandez, Administrative Analyst, (310) 349-1636, GFernandez@cityofhawthorne.org 
    2. ARNOLD SHADBEHR, Interim City Manager, (310) 349-2908, ashadbehr@hawthorneca.gov

One of the main outstanding questions remains:

Who controls the flight paths over our homes?

The Airport says it’s the FAA and the pilots.

The Pilots say it’s the FAA and the airport.

The FAA says it’s the Pilots and Airport.

Hmmm – a game of no one wants to take responsibility perhaps?