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Nut Tree Airport to be recognized for aviation safety
March 23, 2017
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Nut Tree Airport will receive some national attention this September when it will be recognized in a quarterly airport safety report publication issued by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) for its collaborative efforts to significantly improve aviation safety in and around the community airport.
Beginning in 2013, the Nut Tree Airport, in collaboration with the City of Vacaville, Solano Community College, Jimmy Doolittle Center and the Solano County Water Agency, worked together to safely remove a collective 1,750 trees – primarily non-native eucalyptus – improving visibility and safety for all aircraft. The project, completed in late 2016, has put the airport in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), state and County airspace protection policies and is a shining example of how when community agencies work together to solve a problem, everyone benefits.
In addition to safely removing the obstructing trees, the partnering agencies funded the planting of more than 3,000 native species trees within a habitat restoration area along lower Putah Creek in Winters. The replacement trees will help mitigate the removal of trees at the Nut Tree Airport and comply with State Department of Fish and Wildlife requirements pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
The recognizing agency, ACRP, is an aviation industry-driven, applied research program that develops practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and is sponsored by the FAA.
Operating since 1955, the Nut Tree Airport, located in Vacaville, is a 286-acre property that welcomes more than 102,000 aircraft each year. The airport's 4,700-foot-long runway is capable of accommodating a number of aircraft, including single and twin engine planes to small and medium sized business jets.
For more information, visit www.FlyNutTree.com or call (707) 469-4600.