November 2007

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Ukiah CA. – Airport

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Airport a beehive of activity
By K.C. MEADOWS
The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal

With two inches of rainfall behind us and wildfires blazing in Southern California, the tankers and other CalFire aircraft at the Ukiah Municipal Airport are gone, and probably won’t be back this season. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty going on at the airport. On any given day you’ll find Calstar crews working on their medivac helicopter, private aircraft coming and going, freight haulers waiting for packages and a number of interesting businesses under way. Paul Richey, airport manager, has been working at the airport for more than 30 years, the last four as manager. He’s an admitted flying nut and says he doesn’t get up in the sky as much as he used to, partly because airplane fuel is up to $4.25 a gallon. Private pilots everywhere are seeing their passion get more expensive with each hike in oil prices, and Richey says there’s a joke about the “$100 hamburger” you can get at a fly-in diner at Willows. The burger is cheap, it’s the flying that’ll cost you. But this time of year, Richey says, the “bird’s eye view” of this valley is spectacular.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Ukiah CA. – Airport

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Airport a beehive of activity
By K.C. MEADOWS
The Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal

With two inches of rainfall behind us and wildfires blazing in Southern California, the tankers and other CalFire aircraft at the Ukiah Municipal Airport are gone, and probably won’t be back this season. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty going on at the airport. On any given day you’ll find Calstar crews working on their medivac helicopter, private aircraft coming and going, freight haulers waiting for packages and a number of interesting businesses under way. Paul Richey, airport manager, has been working at the airport for more than 30 years, the last four as manager. He’s an admitted flying nut and says he doesn’t get up in the sky as much as he used to, partly because airplane fuel is up to $4.25 a gallon. Private pilots everywhere are seeing their passion get more expensive with each hike in oil prices, and Richey says there’s a joke about the “$100 hamburger” you can get at a fly-in diner at Willows. The burger is cheap, it’s the flying that’ll cost you. But this time of year, Richey says, the “bird’s eye view” of this valley is spectacular.