CALTRANS THREATENS CLOSURE OF OCEAN RIDGE AIRPORT (E55)
Ocean Ridge Airport in Gualala, California is vital to its small community, not only for the private pilots there, but also for tourism (essential to the community’s economy), emergency medical helicopter service, and disaster relief and operations in major fires, earthquake, etc. CalTrans has mandated runway repairs by 9/30/2014 or it will pull the airport’s public permit.
The Ocean Ridge Airport Association (ORAA) has undertaken certain measures to improve the airport’s economic outlook, but no local funding can pay for the slurry-coat, which will run around $60,000. So ORAA is asking other pilots for help, including CalPilot members. Nearly $15,000 has been raised far. But as the repair deadline is drawing close, ORR needs to the finish fundraising so a contractor can be lined upto do the repairs.