July 5th Update! Code Enforcement Complaint – Diversified Pacific Development North Ranch

Diversified Pacific Development is selling new homes in the airport influence area without fully complying with the City of Redlands Marketing and Disclosure ordinances. We had similar issues with this developer complying with Marketing and Disclosure requirements at the Judson Ranch.

This was reported to City of Redlands Code Enforcement on June 13, 2017. A copy of the e-mail can be found in the RAA 6-30-17 Newsletter. A response was received the same day from Tricia Swope, Senior Project Manager, Quality of Life, thanking us for reporting the issue. Tricia stated City staff has been aware of the situation and are already addressing the issue through the code enforcement process.

On July 3rd we were notified by Ms. Swope that some progress has been made with getting the developer to comply with the City’s disclosure requirements.

The required posting of an aerial photograph labeling the Redlands Airport Influence Area is present in the sales office and sales materials presented to prospective buyers at the model complex do have the required notation about Redlands Airport. Tricia also noted that the final Code Enforcement action is to have signs installed in each of the tract map entrances at Diversified Pacific’s expense and is expected to be completed within one week.

We asked Ms. Swope in our reply, if the developers other marketing materials such as their North Ranch Facebook page and North Ranch website, which is under construction, will contain the required notation. We have not yet received a response.

The developer executed a model home agreement with the City agreeing to comply with all City laws. But, the model complex opened on May 26th.  and for more than a month is still not fully compliant with City airport disclosure codes. We appreciate the code enforcement progress, but we have to ask, why did the City allow this model complex to open without being compliant with these disclosure requirements. The last thing we need is someone to buy a home that is not fully aware of our airport!


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RAA Friend of the Airport Award Presented to Ingrid Biglow

Ingrid Biglow was presented with a Friend of the Airport award in recognition of 8 years of volunteer service on the Redlands Airport Advisory Board. The award was given to Ingrid at the 5/24/17 RAA meeting by Ted Gablin on behalf of RAA members. Ingrid has been a dedicated airport supporter. Her volunteer service to the community during her 8 year term on the AAB is appreciated!

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Come Visit the RAA at Airfest 2017 

While you are at Airfest 2017 enjoying the show today, stop by the RAA booth and say hi. We came prepared with all kinds of information about Redlands Municipal Airport and General Aviation.

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Bermuda Dunes Airport Under Siege

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CalPilots is asking for member support to “Pack the House” at the City of Indio Council Chambers located at 150 Civic Center Mall  on Wednesday May 17th at  5pm. Your presence will add support to CalPilots effort to stop the construction of … Continue reading

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Upcoming Night Airport Closure

Beginning tonight, April 30, REI will be closed between the hours of 8PM-7AM in order to upgrade the airfield lighting. It is expected that the closures will run through May 23, 2017. Friday and Saturday nights are excluded. 

Please be sure to check NOTAMs and spread the word to those you know that routinely use REI at night. 

The RAA will provide any updates as they become available. 

-Steve W. 

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REI Taxiways are Getting Numbered

Looks like our taxiways have been officially numbered. This was the view from the west ramp looking north. It looks like R&B Construction is making good progress!

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Redlands Airport Spring Fling – March 18, 2017

Pancakes and sausages were sizzling early this morning to feed our young airport guests, their families, participating pilots and volunteers from our airport community. In the end over 30 young people that included new EAA Young Eagles and Valley College maintenance students took to the beautiful skies over Redlands. We have posted photos of the event on our website under the photo’s tab. Click here to see them.

We had 8 generous pilots that took the time to share aviation with our guests. They included Lloyd Roberts, Steve Willer, Ken Laymon, Barry Neumayer, Don Springer, Dan Chapman, Larry Rice and Bill Ingraham.

A big thank you to all the volunteers that worked hard to make this event a success. We cant do these events without your help.



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Newly Licensed REI Pilot – Tony Talamantes

Hi everyone,

The attached photo is from today after Tony Talamantes was told he passed his private pilot flight test.

I am certain that Tony is exceptionally tired after nearly a four hour oral and two hour flight test.

Tony is also a part owner of N2134E.

Tony has worked extremely hard to earn his pilot certificate over the past few months.  If you have the time please send Tony a congratulation.  You can email Tony at: cras.aluna@gmail.com

Larry Rice, CFII

Airplane Flight and Ground Instructor


909 283-8297


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Wings Over Kauai

If you get a chance to visit Kauai and get the bug to go fly, please check out Wings over Kauai. They offer fixed wing tours of the island in their C-172 or G8 Airvan. Many areas of this island are not accessible by car and can best be seen from the air.

You can simply ride along, look out the windows, or be PIC (in the 172) with CFI-PHD Bruce Coulombe. He has accumulated 7,000 of his 17,000 hours flying around the island and he knows all the good spots to see.

We spent a little over an hour with Dr. Bruce and truly enjoyed the trip. Kauai is not that big. You can cruise along the tour route in the 172 and see everything in about an hour. Tours are operated out of Lihue airport (PHLI) which is class D. The tours are done under VFR. Considerable effort is expended to avoid the extensive air tour traffic by reporting positions at known checkpoints. Tours are also conducted with great sensitivity to minimizing noise to residents as there are extensive helicopter air tours of the island.

Our C-172 experience was 1/2 the price of a rotary wing tour. We got to see some spectacular scenery and it was a bonus to have 1.1 in the logbook as PIC in Kauai. We highly recommend Wings over Kauai.

Ted & Cindy


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Chino Airport Challenges

It appears that the number of airspace violations and wrong runway landings at Chino Airport is on the rise. As many in the REI community frequent CNO for a meal, to have airplanes serviced, or to visit friends, we wanted to make you aware of the following notice that was put out by the FAA on 1/10/2017.

-Steve W.

Chino Airport Challenges
Notice Number: NOTC6991

Airspace Violations and Wrong Runway Landings are a national level priority safety issue and the FAA is organizing an effort to understand root causes and identify mitigations to be adopted.  Since August 2016, Air Traffic is reporting a significant increase of Chino (KCNO) Class D Airspace violations and wrong runway landings by general aviation aircraft. 

Airspace Violations: Aircraft are entering Class D Airspace without first establishing radio communications required by 14 CFR 91.129 (c).  This Notice is to remind pilots of communications requirements and the following best practices:

Pilots receiving VFR Traffic Advisories from Southern California (SOCAL) TRACON may enter the Class D as it is an ATC responsibility to coordinate required transition and entry.  However, multiple PDs have been observed when pilots contact SCT for advisories while already in or fast approaching the Class D airspace.  Pilots must be in contact with SCT well prior to the boundary in order for an entry to be coordinated for them.  Do not enter Class D Airspace until required communications with ATC are established.

Many of the pilots violating the CNO Class D airspace are departing from Corona Municipal Airport (CNO) which is just south of the Class D boundary.  Pilots departing AJO must be careful not to enter the Class D unless communications with CNO ATCT have been established prior to entry.

Wrong Runway Landings: Getting the airport wrong is mortifying.  But you can be at the right airport and still commit the embarrassing mistake of landing on the wrong runway.  You can always request assistance from the tower if you have any doubt which runway you are landing on.  The tower can attempt to visually confirm you are lined up with the right runway.  The tower might also be able to flash runway lights or turn on REIL lights to assist.  This would be considered Single Pilot Resource Management, using all available resources to get the right outcome.  This is the point of a pilot readback.  It is not just to repeat what you are told, but to stop, mentally process the information so you understand the implications, then restate your understanding back to the controller and cross-checking the numbers before touching down.  After all, that is why the numbers are prominently painted on the runway.  Right? When you do your readbacks by rote, or not do them at all, it’s much easier end up on the wrong runway.

The best way to avoid the wrong-thinking trap is to honor the professionalism that leads to right-thinking.  Use readbacks when given runway assignments.  Cross-check your heading with runway numbers.  Confirm proper airport and runway information with actual data rather than succumbing to knee-jerk affirmation that the runway in front of you is the runway you are anticipating—even hoping for.

It’s said that no matter where you go, there you are.  A good pilot with professional habits will always be at the right airport, on the right runway and on the right frequency.

In summary, it is the responsibility of the pilot in command ensure proper navigation and to meet all FAA communications requirements.  Please review airspace requirements prior to and during all flight to maintain safety and regulatory compliance.

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