From October 2007 to May 2008, a committee of the Torrance Airport Commission examined the effects of the city's ban on the sale of jet fuel at the Torrance Airport. Although they had very limited resources, the committee found strong evidence that the ban has been detrimental to both the airport and to the surrounding community. They found that, in reality, the policy does not restrict or discourage jet aircraft from using the Torrance Airport and that removing the ban will not attract any more jet aircraft to the airport than would normally use the airport anyway. They also found that nearly 30% of the jet-fueled flights from Torrance are currently made to neighboring airports just to refuel and thus could be eliminated if the fuel were available on the field.

As a result of the study, the Commission recommended that the ban on the sale of jet fuel at the Torrance Airport should be ended for the following reasons:

In June 2008, the committee reported to the entire Commission, which approved the report and recommended that the City Council fund a qualified consultant to validate or refute the findings of the study.

On December 9, 2008, the City Council voted to "accept and file" the report, but took no further action, claiming that the city could not afford to hire a qualified consultant. Airport Fund revenues exceeded airport expenses by over $3 million during the budget year 2009-2010.

As a result, the community continues to endure the unnecessary refueling flights.

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