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"Camarillo Airport reaches goal of increasing takeoffs and landings"



Friday, September 27, 2013

Camarillo Airport reaches goal of increasing takeoffs and landings
The Ventura County (CA) Star


With four days to go, a campaign to boost Camarillo Airport flight
operations reached its goal of 150,000 comings and goings this year.

Airport officials hope that benchmark will protect Camarillo's air traffic
control tower from closure. This year, federal officials put the Camarillo
tower on a long list of closures, citing the need to make sequestration
cuts. 

The towers on the list had fewer than 150,000 takeoffs and landings. The
Camarillo Airport recorded about 145,000 in 2012, which was below average
and put its tower in jeopardy.

Local officials set a 150,000 target for this fiscal year, which will end
Monday. 

"The next step ... is to write a letter to (federal officials) requesting
that the Camarillo Airport be removed from the list," said Todd McNamee,
director of county airports. 

He expected to send that letter Thursday.

McNamee thanked pilots for their efforts during the past several months. A
pilot himself, he said, he also has increased his own flights at Camarillo
Airport.

With the goal nearly met, McNamee said, he and others took an early lunch
break Thursday and started flying. He was in the air when they hit 150,000.

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