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FAA Issues Final Order in Westchester County Airport Litigation

On September 18, 2009, the FAA Associate Administrator affirmed in all respects the Director's Determination dismissing a complaint filed pursuant to FAR Part 16 against Firm client, the County of Westchester, New York.  In the Final Order, the FAA concludes that the County's policy of distinguishing between larger FBOs and light general aviation FBOs at the Westchester County Airport does not result in unjust discrimination or grant an exclusive right.  The Final Order contains an extensive treatment of the standard of review applied in Part 16 appeals and the standards for exclusive rights.