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NASA calls for more airfield users

 

NASA Ames official Steve Zornetzer told the City Council on Tuesday that its deal with the owners of Google to allow their Boeing 767 to land at Moffett may be the first of several deals like it, which will help pay for airfield operations.

Zornetzer explained that it costs $7 million a year to run the airfield, and that the federal government has recently cut off the airfield's funding. NASA Ames is still $3 million short this year.

"We will act responsibly and aggressively to meet that shortfall," Zornetzer said. "There will be other partnerships."

Zornetzer said those other partnerships will happen only if they meet two criteria. The first is that "top dollar" rates be paid by the user, which he said is the case with Google.

The second is that the user must "enhance" NASA's mission by outfitting the planes with scientific equipment to gather data from Earth's atmosphere during flights. In the case of Google, the executive's planes are taking data "primarily to understand climate change and global warming."

The council had no questions or comments, though one member of the public, John Lin of Showers Drive, raised concerns about the possibility of late night flights, something that has been a problem at the San Jose airport, where Oracle CEO Larry Ellison violated a curfew on flights in his private jet.

The alternative to the private deals, Zornetzer said, is that the federal government would turn over the airstrip to the Federal Aviation Administration, which would likely allow cargo flights in and out of Moffett, something that was fought off by the city in the 1990s.

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Posted by Carl Orta
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Here we go again. All neighboring city councils (Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Mountain view, Sunnyvale, maybe others) vigorously rejected the idea of commercial flights into and out of Moffett several years ago. The bases were, and still are, the severe increase in noise pollution over our homes, air traffic safety issues as stated by airline pilots concerning already crowded skies of traffic from/to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. It is well known that San Jose would dearly love to dump a lot of air cargo traffic onto Moffett in order to help counter resistance to their plans to continue their expansion plans. This latest plan would instigate a horrible rush to Moffett, it would open a flood gate of air traffic at the expense of our communities all for the benefit of the Nasa budget. Not fair, we will fight again.


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Posted by Carl Orta
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Here we go again. All neighboring city councils (Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Mountain view, Sunnyvale, maybe others) vigorously rejected the idea of commercial flights into and out of Moffett several years ago. The bases were, and still are, the severe increase in noise pollution over our homes, air traffic safety issues as stated by airline pilots concerning already crowded skies of traffic from/to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. It is well known that San Jose would dearly love to dump a lot of air cargo traffic onto Moffett in order to help counter resistance to their plans to continue their expansion plans. This latest plan would instigate a horrible rush to Moffett, it would open a flood gate of air traffic at the expense of our communities all for the benefit of the Nasa budget. Not fair, we will fight again.


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Posted by Henry
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2010 at 12:16 am

In the past 3 months, the air traffic over los altos hills has suddenly increased. We have planes flying in the morning, noon, and afternoon. Even at midnight and 2 am in the morning daily! What is going on? Why all this air traffic over LAH?


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Posted by rem
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Leave Moffett along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by isThatG5LouderThanTheFreeway???
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

there is already an agreement in place between the cities (MV, Sunnyvale) that caps the number of operations allowed... I believe the current operations are well under that cap. Not sure NASA needs approval of the cities to add a few more flights. dangerous skies due to more moffett flights? please. the navy operating P3s around the clock was a significant bump, but nothing on the table approaches any safety concern due to overcrowding.

and a nit... larry ellison is right to have a beef with the SJC curfew. The airport is not closed when he lands late, it is closed to heavier aircraft like his fancy jet... even though most smaller aircraft that ARE allowed to land are significantly louder. FAA and airport authority noise regs are antiquated and do not work. When the FAA is spending millions of dollars soundproofing homes next to the I-280 soundwall in San Jose instead of modernizing the air traffic system, something is broke. and that something is policy.


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