On Saturday, August 19th, members of the RAA grilled burgers, hot dogs while EAA Chapter 845 took some potential future aviators on free airplane rides to celebrate National Aviation Day. A total of 33 children and 5 adults experienced flight courtesy of some generous EAA 845 pilots.
This was second year the RAA celebrated National Aviation Day. The holiday was created by proclamation in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The holiday coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, one of the designer and pilots of the first successful airplane, the Wright Flyer.
This year’s celebration also honored the 70th birthday of Redlands Municipal Airport. A special cake was made for the occasion and served to those in attendance.
Reprinted From Flying Magazine 8-8-17 Written by Rob Mark
Court Strikes Down Access Restrictions at East Hampton Airport
Local town asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that could have had wide ranging implications for general aviation.
A court has issued a permanent injunction striking down locally created noise and access restrictions at HTO implemented by the town of East Hampton, New York. – Friends of the East Hampton Airport/Facebook
The battle over exactly who controls airspace and access to a public airport, in this case the airport in East Hampton, New York, is finally over. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of New York has issued a permanent injunction striking down locally created noise and access restrictions at HTO implemented by the town of East Hampton more than two years ago.
In April 2015, the town government published rules creating a year-round airport curfew between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily. The restrictions included a ban on “noisy” aircraft between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. daily in addition to a one trip per week limit on flights for aircraft the town deemed to be noisy. It is unclear what criteria the town used to decide when an aircraft could be deemed noisy.
The National Business Aviation Association, Friends of the East Hampton Airport, the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and others had argued that existing federal law – the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA) – applies to all public-use U.S. airports, and that the town of East Hampton’s adoption of all three noise and access restrictions was a violation of ANCA. East Hampton appealed for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, but the high court denied the petition in June 2017.
Following the decision, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, “East Hampton has one of the most extensive voluntary noise-abatement programs in the country, and our members are committed to flying responsibly.”
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!
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.
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.
And finally we had some hands on fun understanding the forces involved with line pressures. Go Jim Hoyt!
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.
As mentioned in the RAA newsletter, Ingrid Biglow, Jim Hoyt and Ted Gablin attended the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 15, 2016 to voice concerns about the lack of progress we have witnessed on efforts to remove the stockpile obstacle east of our airport. We also shared the way the stockpile is being removed is not very airport friendly. We requested the boards assistance to get the proper focus on removing this hazard. Chairman Ramos referred the matter to the CEO of the Board for follow-up.
Yesterday, we heard from Supervisor Ramos’ staff and their Deputy Chief of Code Enforcement Division, Julie Hernandez. The County has involved their special counsel and a very pointy letter was sent to the property owner and others involved.
At a public hearing on June 21, 2016, Redlands City Council approved tentative tracts 19975 and 18979. Tentative tract 18979 is a 55 lot subdivision on the north side of San Bernardino Ave between Judson and Dearborn and tentative tract 19975 is a 67 lot subdivision opposite tract 18979 on the south side of San Bernardino Ave.
The projects were approved in spite of concerns over noise and safety of overflight. The noise and safety concerns were raised after it was learned the City of Redlands reviewed both these projects without utilizing current guidelines contained in the 2011 Caltrans Airport Land use Planning Handbook.
Redlands City Council directed staff to update the ALUCP at the November 17, 2015 Council Meeting to be “commensurate with changes in the helicopter flight operations and for consistency with the 2011 Caltrans Airport Land Use Planning Handbook”.
We are not sure why these updates did not occur as part of the project review and approval.