FAA to take another look at tower

first_imgA scheduled Nov. 15 Planning Commission hearing on the KFI request is expected to be held, Arceo said. “La Mirada stands by the FAA’s review that found the tower to be an obstruction and not a hazard to air navigation,” he said. “Their aeronautical study hasn’t been withdrawn, rescinded or terminated,” Arceo said. “We haven’t heard any official news from the FAA.” John Paoli, chief engineer for KFI, said he couldn’t comment on what Fullerton city officials are saying and what the FAA review of its petition might mean. “It’s kind of loosey-goosey,” Paoli said. “It’d be irresponsible for me to say anything.” Paoli said the height of the tower is needed in order to generate the power so the station can reach its former audience. That compromises the station’s ability to serve in state emergency alert system, he said. Fullerton officials say they believe the previous FAA determination of no hazard has been invalidated and that the Planning Commission hearing should be postponed. “It invalidates the determination until the first step of the process is completed,” Meyer said, pointing to a conversation he had Tuesday with Ellen Crum, an aerospace rules specialist for the FAA. Crum told him it could mean a three-phase procedure that could take several years, Meyer said. Under the first phase, the FAA will review its determination to make sure it was done properly, Meyer said. The FAA could then either confirm its finding of no hazard or go to review it to make sure there were no factual errors, he said. If any errors are found, the agency could then terminate its previous finding and start the process all over again, Meyer said. The FAA had made its first finding of no hazard in June 2006 but on Sept. 11 it released a new finding. This one confirmed the previous decision, but also required KFI to have high-intensity lights switched on night and day. The previous ruling only required medium-intensity lights. “This aeronautical study revealed that the structure would have no adverse effect on the safe and efficient utilization on the navigable airspace by aircraft or on the operation of air navigation facilities,” stated Kevin Haggerty, FAA manager of obstruction evaluation service. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The antenna was knocked to the ground on Dec. 20, 2004, when an airplane hit it. Both occupants of the plane died. “I’m pleased the FAA accepted our petition,” said Fullerton City Manager Chris Meyer. “We believe there are very valid reasons why the tower should not be constructed above a height of 500 feet.” The tower would be taller than any structure if it were built in Orange County, said Rod Probst, airport manager. KFI-AM wants to rebuild its 59-year-old antenna on the same site, but at a slightly reduced height of 684 feet. The old one was 760-feet tall. Ruben Arceo, La Mirada’s director of community development, said Fullerton’s petition changes nothing for the city. LA MIRADA – The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing its finding that a proposed reconstruction of a KFI radio antenna will not pose a hazard to air navigation. The city of Fullerton appealed a Sept. 11 FAA finding of no hazard, a move that set off a review that could take up to six months, said Tammy Jones, an FAA spokeswoman. “These are the measures that could be taken: reverse, revise, uphold or removal,” Jones said. Fullerton officials oppose rebuilding of the tower, at 16608 Trojan Way, because they believe it is too close to Fullerton Municipal Airport and poses a hazard to airplanes. last_img