AOPA Attempting to Prevent Repeated Closures of Palm Beach Airport

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Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
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Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, firm that offers consulting services in a range of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, and finance. Also a commercial pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has for many years been affiliated with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

AOPA represents hundreds of thousands of pilots across 75 nations. As the world’s largest aviation community, AOPA strives to expand opportunities for pilots and protect their rights in general aviation.

Since December of 2016, AOPA has been attempting to work with the FAA in order to mitigate delays and flight restrictions at the Palm Beach County Airport. This important airport is near President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which he has visited frequently since the election. Each time Mr. Trump weekends in Florida, it results in a temporary closure of the airport and other disruptions.

These disruptions represent a significant economic threat to the airport and the surrounding community. The Palm Beach County Airport employs 250 people and contributes $27 million to the local economy each year. A presidential Mar-a-Lago visit can halt 200 aircraft operations per day and over a recent three-day weekend created losses of $30,000.

AOPA is continuing to seek support from the FAA, as well as from Florida legislators, in order to establish provisions for limited flight activities during presidential visits.