andyAndy Wilson – DirectorI want to thank CalPilots Director Andy Wilson for his tireless effort in answering the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report regarding the Forward, Inc. landfill expansion project at Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

Andy worked right up to the deadline date & time to make an official response against this expansion effort.

All of us at CalPilot should be most greatful for Andy’s unwavering commitment.

Thank you again!

Rick Tutt
RJ Tutt Aviation
Stockton Metropolitan Airport

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andyAndy Wilson – DirectorI want to thank CalPilots Director Andy Wilson for his tireless effort in answering the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report regarding the Forward, Inc. landfill expansion project at Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

Andy worked right up to the deadline date & time to make an official response against this expansion effort.

All of us at CalPilot should be most greatful for Andy’s unwavering commitment.

Thank you again!

Rick Tutt
RJ Tutt Aviation
Stockton Metropolitan Airport

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Stockton AirportSTOCKTON – With a $1.4 million federal grant in hand, Stockton Metropolitan Airport should start construction this month on a new aircraft parking apron next to the passenger terminal, allowing it to handle multiple airline flights at once, officials said.

Asphalt paving near the airport’s passenger gates may soften in summer’s heat and cannot bear the weight of large commercial jets. Existing small concrete pads allow the apron to accommodate only one airliner at a time.

The San Joaquin County-operated airport plans to replace the existing apron entirely with stronger concrete, but it designed the project to be built in three separate phases depending on available funds, officials said.

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Stockton AirportSTOCKTON – San Joaquin County officials selected a new airport director Tuesday in a choice reflecting an oft-spoken view from county officials that Stockton Metropolitan Airport is not just a place for planes to land and take off – it is an engine of economic development.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Harry Mavrogenes to fill the post. Mavrogenes has been chief deputy county administrator since November 2012, where he has led an effort to create an economic strategy for the county, including setting up an office in Silicon Valley to attract tech companies to the county.

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stockton landfillCalifornia Pilots Association Director Andy Wilson presented the California Pilots Association position regarding the Stockton refuse expansion before the San Joaquin Board of Supervisors On Tues Sept 24, 2013.

The landfill is located directly under the glide path approximately one mile from the end of the Stockton Airport’s runway 29.

The California Pilots Association also testified before the ALUC that the landfill was inconsistent with the operation of the Stockton Airport

The California Pilots Association then testified before the San Joaquin Board of Supervisors recommended that they not approve the FEIR and also recommend they not overrule the ALUC’s determination.

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Passenger volume at Stockton Metropolitan Airport dropped in August, signaling the end of peak summer travel season, but the more than 5,500 travelers who departed for Las Vegas were the most in any August since Allegiant began operating at the airport in 2006, airport officials said Monday. The total was down from more than 7,300 departing passengers in both June and July.

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Sully’s take on landfill expansion: For the birds

STOCKTON – A pilot who knows a thing or two about bird strikes is condemning the proposed expansion of a large landfill near Stockton Metropolitan Airport, saying it would be “stupid” to increase the risk of a collision.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was sitting in the captain’s chair on Jan. 15, 2009, when his U.S. Airways jet plowed through a flock of migrating geese, lost both engines and landed on the Hudson River in New York.

All 155 passengers and crew survived in what was christened the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Sullenberger did a lot of things right in the 208 seconds between collision and splashdown. But he admits he was lucky too – skies were clear and the strike happened during the daytime, making a river landing much easier.

“We can’t rely on miracles,” he said in an interview Monday. “Having a landfill near an airport is just an incredibly bad idea. You’re creating a risk where one did not exist before.”

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