FAA Proposes 300' Runway Extension
On May 2 the FAA released it's Public Notice letter announcing its' decision to limit the proposed runway extension at Gnoss Field to only 300 feet, down from the 1,100 feet originally proposed. The genesis for this change is a revised aviation forecast which identified the so-called "critical aircraft" operating out of Gnoss as the Beech King Air twin turboprop as opposed to the Cessna 525 Citation that had been designated as the critical aircraft in the previous 2009 aviation forecast.
There will be a public hearing at the 6 p.m. June 2 in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers at the Civic Center, room 329. The public is welcome (and we encourage GFCA members to attend) ask questions and comment. Public comments can be made until June 17.
The FAA Public Notice letter and the supporting FAA Purpose and Need Working Paper can be found online here:
A FAQ will be posted in the next few days to address the most common questions, but contact GFCA President Ken Mercer if you have additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.