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Letter to the Editor: Vote Greg Jellinek for airport board

For eight years, our airport has been ruled by a slate of three aviation skeptics who insist that the only acceptable airport leadership is themselves plus two pilots whom they pre-approve. This year, one independent candidate, Dr. Greg Jellinek, is running. He knows how important aviation is to our community – for thirty years, our airport made it possible for him to operate the only reconstructive surgery practice in the region while living elsewhere. He now lives here full-time.

The slate reduced neighbor resentment and for that we applaud them. However, their aviation-related “accomplishments” were proposed and championed by the pilot minority or by staff. And they caused many problems for aviation including:

• Delaying pavement maintenance for years, spending hundreds of thousands on studies, endangering pilots and neighbors with propeller-eating rockbeds. (As this election approached, they finally agreed to patch things up.)

• Creating a hostile environment for pilots and aviation businesses.

• Spending hundreds of thousands on surveillance cameras to catch perhaps four errant operations.

• Spending millions on radio surveillance systems that generate nifty displays but don’t reduce airplane noise.

• Eliminating fly-quiet incentives for visiting pilots.

Pilots are good citizens, eager volunteers, generous donors. We operate air shows for the public when allowed and supported by the board and we take your children flying on free Young Eagles flights. We deserve the right to seek election, even during a three-seat year.

Greg will not alter any recent progress but he will prevent further delays to needed maintenance, respect both pilots and neighbors, reduce frivolous spending, continue outreach to the non-flying public, and leverage the airport as a vital resource for transportation, commerce, education, recreation and public safety. It is time for an independent candidate to provide new insights on the Board. Elect Greg Jellinek.

Rick Tavan, Truckee

Airport Support Network Volunteer for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

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