My local airport Reid Hillview, also the one I’m currently learning to fly at, is at risk of closing. RHV is an undervalued resource vital to my community and its residents. I have spent countless hours at this airport taking photos, studying, and meeting pilots and getting to know the general aviation community. This airport has impacted me greatly and I would appreciate it if each of you took a minute out of your day to help me and the rest of the aviation community with this issue by signing the petition.
I ask that you sign this petition to:
“1. Protect the future of the Reid-Hillview Airport and its continued service to our community.
Persuade Santa Clara County to resume accepting federal and state airport grants.
Ensure county supervisors adopt a business plan that secures the longevity of our airport and encourages aviation investments.
Encourage aviation-related land use adjacent to the airport on airport property.
Work with pilot groups to enhance safety and reduce noise impacts on the community.
Reid-Hillview is home to San Jose State University’s Aviation Program, the only 4-year baccalaureate program in California that provides our local students with a promising career in aviation. Alumni from this program are found all across the country as pilots, airport managers, and aviation professionals. Closing this airport means closing down the aviation program.
Reid-Hillview is a “designated reliever” for San Jose Mineta Airport. 160,000 annual takeoffs & landings at Reid-Hillview offload airspace and runways at San Jose Mineta for commercial airline growth.
Reid-Hillview provides critical capacity for emergency services and disaster recovery operations. The Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART), a community run volunteer organization, the Civil Air Patrol, and Cal Fire all operate out of Reid-Hillview during emergencies.
Reid-Hillview allows charitable organizations like Angel Flight to provide free transport for patients who cannot afford or tolerate commercial flights to or from medical treatment; Reid-Hillview hosted 29% of NorCal flights in 2017 - 26% of those flew local residents.
Reid-Hillview plays host to community events like Hot San Jose Nights a classic car show and airport open house.
These are just a handful of the benefits our local airport provides us. Please, sign the petition to voice your support for this invaluable county asset. Once an airport is closed it cannot be reopened and is lost forever.”