On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the City of Pleasanton was notified by an Inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration that several airplanes had been grounded at Pleasanton’s Municipal Airport. This action was based on an individual pilot who had filed a complaint with the FAA alleging issuance of a forged document from an individual who owns a private business and operates out of the airport.
Pleasanton’s Mayor Travis Hall stated, “Neither the City of Pleasanton nor any of its employees is involved in the complaint. However, if asked to do so, we will cooperate fully in the investigation.”
FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford confirmed that inspections at the airport had been conducted by a mechanic not certified by the FAA which is a requirement. All planes that were inspected by that uncertified mechanic were grounded. The planes will not be able to fly again until properly inspected by a certified FAA mechanic. Lunsford stated that he does not know how long the investigation of planes at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport will take nor how many planes it involves. It is ongoing. Lunsford stated that the safety standards of airplanes need to be met no matter where they happen. He said a typical annual inspection can run $2,000 and take up to a week.
The Pleasanton Municipal Airport remains open for business. Transient flights are still able to land, fuel and take off. The Pleasanton Express will continue telling this story as it unfolds.