James Hoyt, Chair of the Airport Advisory Board (AAB) and RAA Director, presented an annual report of the AAB’s activities at the 5-16-18 Redlands City Council meeting.
We had a good turnout of RAA members to hear him too at the Council meeting.
The Council also reviewed and approved the RAA’s “Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots 2018” event. A third item discussed was the removal of our airport traffic pattern from the municipal code. That item was continued for discussion at a later meeting.
RAA Vice-President Steve Willer and his fiancee Kellie Patrick were married on May 6, 2018 at a beautiful ceremony at Edwards Mansion in Redlands. We all wish Steve and Kellie happiness in their lives together. Congratulations from all of us!
Do you remember the deteriorated sign welcoming visitors to the transient ramp at the REI Lobby? Well there has been a spare one collecting dust for years in our airport supervisors office. We guess they made two signs years ago. After at least a year of multiple requests, the City of Redlands installed the new sign and painted the mounting posts. Thank you to the City of Redlands for this much needed maintenance!
A Bell 206 had an encounter with a large bird Monday 4/2/18. No one was hurt, except the bird. The aircraft is based at the owners residence and the strike occurred a couple of miles from REI. We are in the migratory season and the new Citrus reservoir is a huge attraction for birds. We have seen geese over the airport very recently. Please be vigilant for bird activity when operating near REI. For more information about bird strikes, please read: AOPA’s Air Safety Instititute Safety Brief – Bird Strikes. Please report all wildlife strikes to the FAA online at: http://wildlife-mitigation.tc.faa.gov
Master chefs Denny Brown and Jeff Tippet cooked up a storm today for Spring Fling attendees. At least 15 Young Eagles got to experience flight in a small plane for the first time. See the photos tab and click on 3-24-18 Redlands Airport Spring Fling for more photo’s of todays event.
RAA members pose for a group photo after discussing various issues that impact the airport community at Redlands Municipal Airport. Topics discussed such as airport impacts of AirFest 2018 to our wildlife hazards were the topic of discussion at the February meeting of the Redlands Airport Association. Thank you to RAA members that took the time to get involved
RAA members held there January meeting at the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division Hangar facility at San Bernardino Airport (SBD) on January 24th.
The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division has an Aero squadron consisting of many volunteer pilots and observers. These volunteers provide many hours of time supporting this aerial law enforcement division. Some volunteers even provide their own aircraft to support the “Aero Squadron”. The Aero Squadron provides aerial support within the County of San Bernardino and some of its municipalities including Redlands. We have some pilots at Redlands Airport that volunteer for this important role.
RAA member and Aero Squadron Reserve Deputy volunteer, Dave Guthmiller, gave a very informative a presentation on the unit and a tour of the facility. Click on “RAA SBD Tour” to see some photos of the presentation and tour.
The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division received 13,000+ calls for service in 2017. They have a first class operation at SBD. We can all rest well knowing that they know how to use aircraft to protect the public.
Larry and Ruth Rice once again hosted some really young eagles at their hangar today. CFI Larry Rice gave them a brief ground school followed by an aerial demonstration. The kids had a blast. Click here for more photos. Thanks Larry and Ruth!
RAA Director Phil Ensley and his fiancee Emily Holmes tied the knot on September 30, 2017 on the compass rose at REI. It was a beautiful service and many from the airport community attended. More pictures of the event can be found by clicking here or going to our photos tab.