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!

Posted in Airport News | 2 Comments

Bermuda Dunes Airport Under Siege

This gallery contains 1 photo.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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.
Bravo!!!!

 

 

Posted in Social/Special Interest | Leave a comment

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

OldGuysCFI.com

909 283-8297

Larry_rice@verizon.net

Posted in Airport News | Leave a comment

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

 

Posted in Social/Special Interest | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Airport News, Safety, Social/Special Interest | Leave a comment

UAS Operations @ KVCV

When tuning in to the Southern California Logistics Airport (KVCV) ATIS, it is not uncommon to hear ‘UAS operations underway’. What does this really mean?

Yesterday upon calling tower for an intersection takeoff clearance, I was told to hold short for departing traffic. As I looked towards the end of the runway I saw a v-tail and thought I would be treated to a front row seat of a F/18 performing a viking departure.

Instead this flew by…


Something tells me this won’t be the last time I receive a hold short notice to make way for arriving or departing UAV’s.

Keep calm and drone on,

Steve W.

Posted in Safety | Leave a comment

Redlands City Council Candidates Invited to Speak at September and October RAA Meetings

Our bylaws do not allow the RAA to participate or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. But, we can invite candidates to RAA functions so they can share their views on our airport and community issues of concern to our members. This will help our members make good choices when they do cast their votes on election day.

This impartial activity supports one of the RAA’s purposes as stated in our Articles of Incorporation; Preservation and enhancement of airports, airspace and pilots rights in California.      

With that in mind, we are going to have an informal forum for city council candidates on September 28th and October 26th as part of our regular RAA monthly meetings. Our meetings start at 6pm and will be held in the airport public lobby at 1755 Sessums Dr.

We will give our council candidates an opportunity to hear about airport issues and the candidates will each have 10 minutes to speak and answer questions.

We hope you can make it!

Posted in Notices | Leave a comment

Redlands Fire Department Conducts Fire Extinguisher Training at REI

The Redlands Fire Department attended the RAA monthly meeting on August 24th, to give all in attendance a great fire safety demonstration.

Members learned the importance of proper communication when calling 911 operators to request emergency services at the airport. Communications should be detailed and include the location of the incident on the airport and the nature of the emergency to help them to determine who will respond (police or fire) and the level of response. They also stressed the importance of having someone meet them at the gate to guide them to the accident location.

IMG_3065

Fire department personnel also instructed those in attendance on how and when to use the large dry fire extinguisher that Hangar 24 donated to the airport.

IMG_3079

And finally we had some hands on fun understanding the forces involved with line pressures. Go Jim Hoyt!

IMG_3099

Posted in Airport News | Leave a comment

Airport Business Plan Discussed at 7/20/16 AAB Meeting 

Randall Wiedemann of R. A. Wiedemann & Associates was in attendance at the 7/20/16 AAB meeting to review the Airport Business Plan they prepared for the City of Redlands. The plan was approved by Redlands City Council on 7/19/16. The meeting was well attended by members of the airport community.

Posted in Airport News | Leave a comment