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CalPilots 2014 Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars!

CalPilots will be holding its annual meeting at Castle Airport (KMER) on October 4.  Tour the extensive Castle Air Museum (including the VC9 presidential transport), hear about California GA issues and listen to interesting aviation speakers.

Click here for all of the details and to register.

We hope to see you there!



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We are a non-profit public benefit California Corporation formed in 1949.

Join Us Established in 1949, our mission is the promotion and protection of our state’s general aviation airports and aviator privileges. We are a statewide non-profit served by volunteers – no one is paid. A membership is less than 10 cents per day. Aren't your airport and your aviator privileges worth that amount? Please join us in protecting your airport and flight privileges . More info

California solar plant is frying birds in mid-air
Written by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher - Associated Press   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:14

IVANPAH DRY LAKE -- Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

The deaths are "alarming. It's hard to say whether that's the location or the technology," said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. "There needs to be some caution."

GA groups lobby for expedited review of medical reform
Written by General Aviation News Staff   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:59

gan logoSeven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite a review of the FAA's proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform. In an August 15 letter, the associations urged Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the More [...]

Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show
Written by General Aviation News Staff   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:55

CatalinaThe Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, in Avalon Bay on California's Catalina Island.

Supporting the mission of sharing the magic and thrill of flying with spectators young and old will be performances by some of the world's most skilled aviators. Among these are "Super Dave" Mathieson in his customized Scheyden MX2, Jon Melby, Stephan Trischuk, Vicky Benzing and living legend Clay Lacy flying his vintage United Airlines Douglas DC-3.

"This unique experience will highlight the thrill and precision of flight over one of the country's most beautiful harbors," says Jeff Herold, Scheyden founder and an instrument-rated private pilot. "We're taking the production to even greater heights this year with new performers and a VIP Experience package."

Palo Alto: Council approves deal to take over airport
Written by Jason GreenDaily News Staff Writer   
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:14

PAOA deal to transfer Palo Alto Airport from Santa Clara County to the city has all but been cleared for take off.

As midnight approached Monday, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a complex set of documents that would place the city in control of the airport, known as PAO. The State Lands Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration still need to weigh in on the deal.

"This is an outcome that we've had strong interest in for some time," said Councilwoman Gail Price.

The county has operated the airport on land leased from the city since 1967. In 2006, the county announced it wasn't interested in continuing the arrangement past the lease's expiration in 2017.

Mather Airport master plan charts a reasonable path
Written by the Editorial Board The Sacramento (CA) Be   
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:03

MatherEditorial: Mather Airport master plan charts a reasonable path 

The future of Mather Airport is a balancing act - between priming an important economic engine and preserving peace and quiet for residents, between doing what's best for Mather and what's best for Sacramento International Airport.

The Mather master plan endorsed by Sacramento County supervisors Tuesday isn't perfect, but it gets close to striking the right balance. And as was made clear repeatedly, the specific projects to bring the airport up to current aviation standards - a runway extension, new hangars and others - would have to be approved separately.

SkyWest to leave Chico airport
Written by Nate Hauser - KRCR TV Ch 7 (ABC), Redding (CA)   
Monday, 18 August 2014 09:58

ChicoChico City Manager Mark Orme confirmed Thursday that the only commercial airline serving the city's airport would discontinue flights in December.

SkyWest Airlines will no longer serve the Chico area citing poor financial performance as its reason for leaving. SkyWest flies under contract with
United Airlines as United Express out of Chico.

Orme said that the city is still trying to hire an airport manager and he thinks the experience that comes with that position is needed now more than


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