FAA: Pilot who wants to land jet at Lantana airport might have a case

citation-i-1-eErrol Forman still can’t land his jet at the Lantana Airport. But the Federal Aviation Administration says his complaint has merit and the 43-year-old embargo “may be unjustly discriminatory and not consistent with the county’s federal obligations.”

Palm Beach County Airports Director Bruce Pelly wrote commissioners Monday that the restriction still might be enforceable “for airspace safety and/or efficiency.”

The FAA Southern Region’s airports division in Atlanta, after looking at the issue for eight months, wrote Dec. 6 to say it will conduct an additional study before making any final ruling on the discrimination complaint by the 76-year-old retired Eastern Airlines pilot.

Lantana is the subject of a 1973 agreement in which the FAA gave the county authority to ban jets. Forman told The Palm Beach Post in late June it’s the county that’s infringing on his right to fly at an airport that’s paid for with federal money and open to the public.

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