LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Chris Kunze, who managed the administration and operations of the Long Beach Airport (LGB) for nearly three decades, has been honored by the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE) with the Wanamaker Award for his aviation industry leadership.
For many airstrip owners, the provision of liability insurance coverage has been cost prohibitive. Recently, the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) took on the project of examining the availability of airstrip liability insurance and found that, as is the case with many aviation-related concerns, there were misunderstandings and unfounded prejudices impacting both the availability and pricing of such policies.
As a result of this work, RAF officials say they have identified a major insurance carrier, with extensive experience in insuring public airports, willing to develop a program offering low cost liability protection for publicly owned and privately owned airstrips both improved and unimproved.
BuildAPlane has joined with the Thomas Wathen Center in Riverside, California, to create a permanent facility that allows kids to build real airplanes. The Katrina Bradshaw Memorial BuildAPlane Center is outfitted as a complete A&P facility providing tooling and materials to build and restore aircraft.
In the latest project, 16 kids from around Los Angeles have signed up restore an early Stinson 108.
Volunteers from Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Shafter in California worked hard this past Saturday to assist the airport owner re-open the runway in New Cuyama, California.
The group of 20 pilots and aviation enthusiasts were brought together by a common theme: Roll up your sleeves and help save an airport.
The airport remains on the Los Angeles Sectional but is listed as “indefinitely closed” in the California AFD. It is listed as a privately owned, public use airport. [Read more...]
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has ruled that the residents of the city of Santa Monica can vote Nov. 16 on an initiative requiring a vote from residents before the city can make any changes to land uses at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). According to a post at AOPA.org, nearly 16,000 Santa Monica voters signed a petition asking for a say in future land developments related to the airport.
In the 1930s when Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney needed to raise money, they found themselves a barn, got the gang together and put on a show. These days fundraising is done online through crowdsourcing, where lots of people donate whatever they can.
In Gualala, Calif., the owners of Ocean Ridge Airport (E55) have turned to the crowdsourcing site Smallknot.com to raise money to repair the runway. If the runway isn’t repaired by Sept. 30, the airport will close to the public.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – For nearly half a century, John Wayne Airport (JWA) has operated two runways, a commercial runway – one left and one nine right (1L-19R) — and a general aviation runway – one right and one nine left (1R-19L). Runways can be used in both directions, and therefore have opposite 180° headings at each end (e.g. 1L-19R, 1R-19L). The two numbers always differ by 18 (= 180º).
Effective July 24, 2014, due to a gradual shift of the Earth’s magnetic poles, JWA’s runways will get new number designations. JWA’s commercial runway will become two left and two zero right (2L-20R), and the general aviation runway will become two right and two zero left (2R-20L).
Jonathan P. Giles (pictured) has been elected chairman of the Greenville Airport Commission (GAC), owner and operator of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina, while Jim Wall has been elected vice chairman of the commission.
GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest FBO in the state., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the local economy.