Some flights out of Paine Field take off when tower is closed | Guest View
Last updated 6/30/2021 at 10:57am
Despite the MRD (Mediated Role Determination) adopted by Snohomish County in 1979 that paved the way for residential development around PAE (Paine Field) with the county's assurance that PAE would remain a "General Aviation Airport," the 1990 ANCA (Airport Noise and Capacity Act) pretty much nixed the county's ability to keep PAE a general aviation airport, even if they wanted to. The ANCA also allows flights 24/7 and doesn't allow enforcement of curfews unless grandfathered in.
Prior to the pandemic, commercial air service at PAE was operating at its maximum approved 24 departures and 24...