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Recent Court Ruling
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 - 10:26 PM

You most likely have heard about the recent federal court ruling in favor of allowing commercial flights at Paine Field with no further studies.

We believe some key points were not properly considered in the ruling and Petitioners are reviewing the potential for a rehearing. The court contemplates additional impact assessments if and when Propeller’s operation goes beyond a similar activity level described in the court ruling as 22 flight operations per day. All direct and indirect costs of commercial service need to be paid for by Propeller and the Airlines to avoid subsidies as is authorized by the FAA. Indirect costs can grow exponentially with additional traffic. The court made it clear that the limited scope of the study does not address operations beyond what was studied. The court also found that FAA actions are needed in any expanded operation scenario. Unless scheduled service is limited in some way, we must collectively address expansion scenarios. Mitigation actions and costs must not be circumvented or minimized by incremental expansion. The position of the County and many impacted cities is t o strongly discourage scheduled service meaning no subsidies. We are fully committed to that position and continue to explore all options.

Also, the lawsuit against Snohomish County is still in play. This is NOT over!

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