GFCA members flood faa with runway extension letters
GFCA members submitted 44 unique, custom-written letters to the FAA challenging a report which recommended that the proposed runway extension be limited to only 300 feet, rather than the originally-proposed 1,100 foot extension that was approved by Marin’s Board of Supervisors in 2014. These letters very clearly pointed out serious flaws with the data used to support this report’s designation of a less-demanding “critical” aircraft than is currently operating from Gnoss Field (on which the revised runway length calculations were based), and highlighted the obvious safety and noise reduction enhancements that only a 1,100 foot extension could provide. Several letters also noted that given the length of time it has taken to get the extension project to this point, the full extension is needed NOW in order to meet the projected needs of airport users in the next 5-10 years.
Hard copies of each letter were also sent to the Marin supervisors, the mayor of Novato, and our state and Congressional representatives. Teams of GFCA representatives will also be meeting with their respective supervisors to reinforce this message in person.
It will be 9+ months before the FAA comes back with their revised EIS for the project, at which time there will be another public hearing before they issue their record of decision which will allow the project to go forward. This does NOT affect the timing of the runway repair project, however; that work is still scheduled to take place in 2017/2018.
Thanks to everyone one of you who took the time and effort to write one of these letters.
Summer Intern and scholarship winner selected
The Gnoss Field Community Association (GFCA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Poh Maga, a senior at San Marin High School in Novato, CA, as its’ Freedom of Flight summer intern and flying scholarship winner. Poh, 17, will be working with Scanlon Aviation in a variety of roles, exposing him to many different aspects of a modern flight school, maintenance shop and Part 135 Air Charter operation. He also receives a $3,000 flight scholarship which will allow him to make significant progress toward his ultimate goal of gaining a private pilot’s license. Poh’s looking to study engineering in college; this summer’s internship should certainly look good on his college applications next fall!
A competitive swimmer, Poh brings strong credentials and skills to this internship. He is also an accomplished musician, having played with various youth orchestras since he was very young, and he will be part of the inaugural student cohort to graduate from San Marin’s four year S.T.E.M. academy next June.
Welcome to the gfca website
Gnoss Field Community Association (GFCA) was incorporated July 30, 2010 as a non-profit public benefit corporation. GFCA is an IRS 501(c) (3) organization, so donations are tax deductible. Our mission is to promote and protect the interests of Gnoss Field users, tenants, and the community, and to promote the public interest in aviation, aviation safety and service in Marin County.
The pilots that use Gnoss Field banded together because we believe that by combining our voices we can be heard in ways not possible as individuals acting separately. We included the word community in our name because we think that the public should know that our airport is a valuable resource for everyone, not just pilots.
The airport serves all of Marin County; it hosts the Civil Air Patrol, medical helicopters, Angel Flights and the Sheriff's Department. In addition, Gnoss Field provides a base for flights that serve the local business community. Those of us who base our airplanes at Gnoss make a significant financial contribution to Marin County and to Novato schools through personal property and fuel taxes, hangar rental and tie down fees.
We hope that you find this website useful. Your thoughts and suggestions on how we can make it more helpful are most welcome.