Long Beach group concerned about plans for airport security - A group of airport tenants Monday expressed concern that a change in policing strategy at the Long Beach Airport could leave the facility with officers who are less familiar with aviation security than those currently employed.
In a two-page letter addressed to Mario Rodriguez, the airport's executive director, the Long Beach Airport Association's Board of Directors said any switch by the airport from trained security guards to uniformed members of the Long Beach Police Department could be costly.
California’s Long Beach Airport LGB plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 5 to unveil the results of its $140 million renovation. Established in 1923 as the first municipal airport in Southern California, the airport (known also as Daugherty Field) has five runways ranging in length from approximately 4,000 feet to 10,000 feet, and sees some 300,000 operations a year. While it hosts its own commercial traffic and serves as an alternative to Los Angeles International, 20 miles to the northwest, LGB also ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.
A series of events celebrating Cal Rodgers’ flight from Sheespshead Bay, N.Y., to Long Beach, California, will takeoff Saturday, Sept. 17 – the same day Rodgers began his transcontinental quest 100 years ago.
Pilots, Residents Protest Long Beach Airport Plan FAA Wants To Expand Class C Airspace, Change Traffic Patterns
It's not often that GA pilots and residents living near airports or in flight corridors find themselves on the same side of an argument, but that's just what seems to be happening with the FAA's plan to nearly triple the size of the Class C airspace around Long Beach Airport.