Travolta Sues Airport Owners in Fla. ...

Travolta Sues Airport Owners in Fla. --

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 21, 2007, titled Travolta Sues Airport Owners in Fla. -- In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

John Travolta sued the owners of the airport outside his exclusive "fly-in" community, claiming they lied to the Federal Aviation Administration to keep him from landing his Boeing 707 there.

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Santee, CA

#1 Jul 21, 2007
Kudo's Travolta! you don't have too stand tall, just stand...well done J.T.
Bryant Nelcoff


#2 Jul 21, 2007
John Travolta is a very highly trained exprienced pilot he was trained by Quantis airlines as pilot and is very capable
of flying the boing 707 safley the boing 707 was the first long range jet. the replacment was boeing 747. Wh shoud consider him as noble person for wanting to keep 45 year old jet going maintaining it costly they new he had the jet when Mr travolta bought his 9 acres to build I am sur that was deciding factor. I work in con struction and airport was designed to handle a boeing 707 it shoudnt change the original owner had one the run ways are stregnthened to handle landing aircraft nor is he loading it to full capacity of
passengers luggage there is no issue
Good Luck John keep you in my prayers you win
Bryant Nelcoff
Bill G

Chicago, IL

#3 Jul 21, 2007
Is this the same John Travolta that appears in the movie Hairspray? If so I believe Walt Dropo belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tibás, Costa Rica

#4 Jul 21, 2007
It's hard to feel sorry for John Travolta. Poor kid, has no place to land his airplane. Because it's too big. Boo-hoo.

Homosassa, FL

#5 Jul 21, 2007
RE: "FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the administration is not involved in the dispute". What IS she talking about? Of course the FAA is involved in the dispute. John Trivolta is alleging the the FAA was lied to in the airport master record. What are these government agencies doing these days besides just about nothing? Talk about running and hiding, they are experts at it.

Vail, CO

#6 Jul 22, 2007
The issue should be addressed objectively
Mr Travolta should not be a victim of capricious or frivolous policy , however , the capacity of the runway to sustainably support an airplane weighing at maximum 333,000lbs,- is an arguable financial matter of concern
Also , all models of B707 are relatively high noise level airplanes ..If all other aircraft on the airpark are signifigantly quieter, neighbohood opposition may be substantial.
To craft a fair and reasonable balance between the interests of mr Travolta - and those of the rest of the community will not be easy , but should be possible
sincerely - Robert Cassidy .
(retired aiirline pilot)
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United States

#7 Jul 24, 2007
Hmmm, let me see... It's a private airstrip that has a runway that is exhibiting damage and cracking from the continual use of a heavy aircraft. Seems like Mr Travolta has the money to contribute to strengthening the runway... If he is the ONLY user of a former commercial aircraft on the airport then he should come to some form of agreement to help offset additional maintenance costs.

This has nothing to do with us vs. them mentality...

The FAA does NOT get involved with any airfield issues where FAA funds are NOT used... SO that is why they are staying out of this. The master record doesn't take into operators VALID reasons to alter the record if airfield damage is taking place. If the airfield cannot support the runway maintainance and Mr. Travolta doesn't want to come to some sort of agreement to assist then they have EVERY right to limit their use for heavier aircraft.
Sapo Grande

Ocala, FL

#8 Oct 8, 2007
Mr. Travolta did not bring the action against the owners of the air strip. He became involved after the fact. The Jumboair air strip is a registered emergency landing field for the space shuttle due to it's size. John moved here and built his house because the airstrip was capable of meeting his needs. It seems to me that the owners don't want to keep up their end of the deal. This is an old fight and John is a new player. I hope John wins or the operators of the airstrip and property are forced to buy John's house and property since they don't want to keep up their end of the deal.
Franklin w

Ocala, FL

#9 Feb 19, 2008
Mr. Travolta is only trying to have what most Stars wish they could have, privacy. A place with his family when he is not working.Jumboair is the right choice. Good luck John and keep the faith. franklin w
Joe Ryals


#10 Dec 1, 2010
Let me explain how I feel about this. I seen a show on the travel channel a few days ago about jumbolair.Thats what interested me on this subject.When I get to this site I read about this problem. Well Jumbolair is selling fly in home lots and using Johns home and plane on national television to help encourage buyers in this area.Well what does that inturn? Jumbolair fix the damn runway before Johns lawyers burn you a new one. I am just an old dumb redneck from georgia but even I can see what could be a bad situation turn to worse.Johns got all his money and may have theres next

United States

#11 Jan 24, 2011
Rafael wrote:
It's hard to feel sorry for John Travolta. Poor kid, has no place to land his airplane. Because it's too big. Boo-hoo.
Jealousy will get you nowhere!! So...boohoo to you Rafael!!

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