Airport Support

Oceano Toys for Tots Event – December 4th

gift2tMake a child smile for Christmas – join us at 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday December 4th for our second Toys for Tots Fly-In at Oceano Airport.

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Half Moon Bay – Proposed Big Wave Project Location Needs Objective Review

The California Pilots Association (CALPILOTS) recognizes the requirement to provide housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities. The issue with this proposal is the location of this large facility (directly across from the beginning of runway 30 at Half Moon Bay airport – see graphic), with one building of up to five stories in the proposed business park.

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Santa Barbara County Foster Care Kids Fly at Santa Ynez Airport

santa_ynez_young_eaglesLocal children take flight

Best friends Ciana Elizalde and Tania Chavez, who had never been on an airplane before, shivered with excitement Saturday morning as they waited for their turn to sail over the Santa Ynez Valley.

The 12-year-old Lompoc residents were among about 60 children in Santa Barbara County foster care who got the chance to fly at the Santa Ynez Airport on Saturday, Oct. 23. The event was put on jointly by the American Charities Foundation and the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles, a program that gives youth the chance to ride in an airplane.

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Modesto Irrigation District (Power) Plant – CALPILOTS Involvement

We returned from the Modesto Irrigation District Board of Directors’ meeting, whose purpose was to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Valley Bio-Energy Biomass Energy Project, carrying our CALPILOTS shields – not being carried on them. (Editor’s Note: a negative declaration would eliminate the Environmental Impact Report requirement.)

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Monterey County Airports Receive Federal Funding

Salinas airport received $2.1 million “for the phased reconstruction of parallel Taxiway B,” according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. The project is necessary to improve the poor condition of the pavement and to meet current standards, Farr said.Other awards: Monterey Peninsula Airport: $2.3 million; Mesa Del Rey Airport (King City): $484,750; Watsonville Municipal Airport: $52,250; Hollister Municipal Airport: $30,000.

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Open letter on Valley Bio-Energy, LLC 33-MW Biomass Energy Project

Open letter on Valley Bio-Energy, LLC 33-MW Biomass Energy Project which is in close proximity to Modesto Airport.

 

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Kudos to Watsonville Pilots

Watsonville Pilots took a giant step in preserving California’s General Aviation airports. They won a lawsuit that set a valuable precedent for others to follow.

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FAA Plume Study Results in AIM Change

The FAA has notified the California Pilots Association that the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) now includes visible and invisible thermal plumes and their effect on aircraft, pilots and passengers. This information is now included in section (7-5-5) in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) with a page warning for pilots to avoid flight in the vicinity of Thermal Plumes (smoke stacks and cooling towers).

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Long Beach Airport Class C Proposal – CALPILOTS Response

Read the California Pilots Association response to the FAA’s proposal to change Long Beach Airport to a Class C – we are against adding even more complexity to the world’s most complex airspace without the required justification.

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Oceano Airport DVD and Event

Please enjoy the sample below of the DVD that is available by donation to the Friends of Oceano Airport. The full length DVD is over 40 minutes long and includes live footage, photos and music from the beginning of the fight to save our airport, until Celebration Day on May 8th.

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