Small planes make up about 60% of takeoffs and landings at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., despite a decline in activity there in recent years, according to this article. Some pilots, however, say the airport's officials do not consider general aviation a priority. They cite liability-insurance requirements, the rent charged for covered tie-downs that they say don't fully cover aircraft, and full-service fuel that is nearly $2 per gallon more than at a nearby airport.

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