Can you ignore the ADS-B 2020 mandate?

The Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate has a lot of aircraft owners wringing their hands and seeing red. For those of us at the recreational end of the aviating spectrum (which represents a great many aircraft), plunking down the money it’ll take to equip our aircraft to meet the mandate is not something we care…

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Santa Monica Airport closure in 2015 challenged by tenants

smo rampActor Harrison Ford, other Santa Monica Airport tenants and national aviation groups filed a federal complaint Wednesday, challenging the long-held position of the city that the embattled airport can be shut down in July 2015.

Santa Monica leaders have insisted that the terms officials of federal airport improvement grants the city has received over the years allow them to close the general aviation hub next year because all conditions requiring operation will have expired.

But in a complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration, the tenants say that in August 2003, $240,600 was added to a $1.6-million grant, pushing back the closure date to at least August 2023. Grant terms usually expire after 20 years.

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Nat Geo To Release Aviation Documentary

National Geographic will release a new documentary, “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” in April. The film, produced and directed by Brian Terwilliger — maker of the 2005 documentary “One Six Right” — takes a positive perspective on air travel with a tour around the world capturing diverse images from the ground and in the air. Harrison Ford narrates, while the score comes from Academy-Award-winning composer James Horner, also a pilot. The film was shot in 95 locations, covering all seven continents and 18 countries, including the South Pole. Footage shot in digital format and IMAX includes ancient landmarks around the globe as well as aerial shots, airplanes and cockpit views.

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Monterey Airport Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements

MRYMonterey Regional Airport
Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project

RSA Project Update:

In preparation for the installation of the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) material, the construction work will begin to impact the Airport Operations Area. In order to maintain safety for both aircraft and the construction crews, there will be operational impacts occurring between January 19, 2015 and March 19, 2015. The runway will be open throughout the project for all commercial flights (barring unforeseen circumstances) and any work that requires a runway shut down will be done at night with a runway closure. We will continue to provide updates as more specific information is available or if the status changes. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to improve your Airport.

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10 Ways Your iPad Can Cause An Accident or FAA Violation

“FREE WEBINAR – 10 Ways Your iPad Can Cause An Accident or FAA Violation”

Topic: Night Flying for Fun and Safety- Tips from a pro how to enjoy and be safer at night!
On Monday, December 29, 2014 at 18:30
2801 E Spring St

This is a must-attend webinar for anyone who uses iPad, Android, and Handheld GPS. With the increase in popularity, a huge increase in FAA violations and pilot mistakes has happened as well. Come learn 10 simple steps to protect yourself and your pilot certificate.

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Future of San Luis Obispo economy tied to airport expansion

slo airportAirline industry’s focus on major routes challenges SLO airport’s growth plan– Faced with loss of some air service in recent years, an airline industry in flux and about 60 percent of travelers flying out of Los Angeles or the Bay Area, attracting new airlines and adding routes to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is an ongoing challenge with no easy fix.

“There’s no one factor,” said Kevin Bumen, general manager of the airport. “And this isn’t something that’s unique to San Luis Obispo.”

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Bob Hope Airport could try old name to boost traffic

burbankComedian Bob Hope might not find humor in a promotional campaign proposed for the regional airport named after him.

Nationwide demand for air travel has been on the rise, but you wouldn’t know it by visiting Bob Hope Airport. Passenger traffic was flat for the first ten months of 2014, after two years of declining numbers, according to airport statistics.

One possible reason for the lackluster flier traffic, according to airport officials, is that many out-of-town travelers don’t know that Bob Hope Airport is located in Burbank, less than 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

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Happy Holidays


christmastree(With Apologies To Major Henry Livingston, Jr.) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care, In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up, And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter, I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

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Creative Christmas NOTAMS

Using Foreflight today I found the following “Seasonal” weather reports…. Watsonvile, CA.  – Santa Distant – Flying Reindeer in vicinity of APT Hollister, CA – Watch for Sleigh Wake Turbulance Monterey, Ca – Reindeer Games INVOF APT HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all…………….

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Visalia airport gets new airline

Visalia AirportVisalia Municipal Airport is getting a new airline to replace the current carrier.

SeaPort Airlines, based in Portland, Oregon, has been awarded the Essential Air Service contract for Visalia by the Department of Transportation.

The airline will likely start flights in February, said Visalia airport manager Mario Cifuentez.

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