May 2015

California Airports

New Cuyama Airport Reopens

NEW CUYAMA, Calif. – The New Cuyama Airport (L88), a privately owned, public use airport established by Richfield Oil Co. in 1950, has officially reopened after passing Cal Trans inspection.

Fly_Cuyama_235_235Located in rural Santa Barbara County in the high desert and bounded by the Sierra Madre and Caliente mountain ranges, the Cuyama Runway is a historic flying destination.

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President’s Corner 2015 May/June

Volunteer Vacancies and Opportunities

Just before closing up the CalPilots display at the California Aviation Day, an individual came to me with a concern. He discussed a situation in which a privately owned, public use airport was facing a threat of closure because someone had built a fly fishing attraction next door and believed the airplanes flying nearby were causing harm to their business. (Yes, the scenario sounds incredulous — airplane disturbing fish? — but the threat is real!)

He then asked simply if CalPilots could help with the airport’s defense. My answer was both honest and revealing. “Yes,” I said. “CalPilots can help, but how deeply we can get involved will depend on the time our volunteers have available.”

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Five Rivers Aviation breaks ground at KLVK

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Five Rivers Aviation has broken ground on a new FBO and hangar complex for the Livermore Airport (KLVK).

The initial phase of the $5 million project includes 25,000 square feet of hangar space, as well as a 6,000-square-foot FBO complete with pilot and charter support amenities.

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The Father’s Day Fly-In at Columbia Airport

This year, the Columbia Airport will be celebrating its 49th Annual Father’s Day Fly-In from June 19-21st, 2015. The event, sponsored by the airport, will celebrate the holiday weekend with live music, airplane rides, and family-friendly activities.

 The weekend-long event is dedicated to Cal Fire pilot, Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, who died last year flying for the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite. A small dedication will precede the National Anthem at 11:30 a.m. at the opening ceremony on Saturday.

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In Search of a $100 Burger? – WVI Restaurant Reopens

WATSONVILLE  Six months after Props Restaurant & Lounge shuttered at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, a new restaurant is looking to fill the vacant space. Ella’s at the Airport will seek approval by the Watsonville City Council Tuesday to lease the space on 100 Aviation Way for three years.

In August, the airport submitted a request for proposals, and after receiving various responses, selected a proposal by Sergio Angeles and Tiffany Ella King, according to a report by Steve Palmisano, director of Public Works and Utilities, and Rayvon Williams , airport manager. King also owns Cafe Ella at 734 East Lake Ave. Since its 2007 opening, it has amassed a sizable base of loyal customers who snap up the lunchtime offerings, but who have also beseeched her to offer dinner. While the small space made such endeavors a difficult proposition , moving into the new digs will not only allow for the expanded menu, but will also let King grow her burgeoning catering arm of the restaurant. “We’re very excited about it,” King said.