Regarding your article on general aviation (Oct. 19):
General aviation safety in the Los Angeles Basin can best be improved with a better allocation of airport space and resources. Here's a practical, fair, and politically workable approach for the Orange County area:
First, move the present reserve activities at Los Alamitos to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Second, move all single-engine aircraft and all small twin-engine aircraft under 5,000 pounds from the Long Beach and John Wayne airports to Los Alamitos. Third, close Meadowlark Airport in Huntington Beach and move aircraft there to Los Alamitos. Fourth, move the General Aviation District Office from Long Beach to Los Alamitos and establish a Federal Aviation Administration control tower and Flight Service Station there. Fifth, replace the military instrument approach with a civilian system.
This consolidation of general aviation activities, and their separation from commercial operations, would provide increased safety and convenience to both groups. A Flight Service Station improves flying safety by providing detailed weather information and face-to-face weather briefings and flight planning. Now, pilots receive brief summaries by phone, which is not adequate. Flying safety also would be improved because highly incompatible operations would be kept separate.