FAA Responds to REI Paraglider Incursion Complaint

The paraglider flights through the REI traffic pattern to get to the Hangar 24 brewery stopped for 3 months, or so, after the City of Redlands announced on 5-1-19, the use of private property in the City of Redlands for paraglider landing sites is a zoning violation. In other words, it’s illegal for the paragliders to land on private property near the brewery. Some folks may not know about this, or they just do not care as we have gotten at least a half dozen reports of paragliders transitioning through the traffic pattern since August. These recent activities have resulted in a complaint to the FAA. As a result of the complaint, the FAA will be performing an outreach seminar to the paraglider community and other interested parties to discuss FAA regulations pertaining to these activities. A location, date and time for this outreach seminar will be shared when its made available.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

RAA and EAA 845 members got together Saturday evening, December 21st, for a really nice dinner and some fellowship. Although it was a small group, a good time was had by all.
Best Wishes to All for a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season!

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Bad Weather Forces Cancellation of Toy Airlift

Overcast, rain and probable icing conditions have mandated the cancellation of our toy airlift to Twentynine Palms Airport. Its all about safety! But we have to get the toys to the USMC so they can distribute them to kids in need before Christmas. So, the USMC will pick up the huge haul of toys we have collected tomorrow, Saturday 12-7, on the west ramp of Redlands Airport at noon. We sure hope they bring a really big truck!

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Help Us Stuff Some More Planes with Toys for Tots

Our toy drive is still on! We have this collection box conveniently located in the public lobby of Redlands Municipal Airport. The lobby is open to the public from 8 am – 6 pm. If you haven’t been there, its located at 1745 Sessums Drive. There is still time for you to drop by and donate a new unwrapped toy. Help us make this a bright holiday season for kids in need!

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Redlands Airport Public Lobby Wooden Propeller Display

An old wooden propeller donated by longtime Redlands pilot Lloyd Roberts was made into a very attractive wall display by Redlands Airport Advisory Board Member Michael Sullivan. It’s a great addition to the public lobby. Thank you to Lloyd and Michael for their efforts to make our airport lobby a more interesting and attractive public space!

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Toys for Tots Presentation Made to Redlands Optimist Club

On Thursday 9-19, RAA Secretary Cindy Gablin delivered a short presentation on RAA’s Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots event. The Redlands Optimist Club is a service organization dedicated to helping the youth of Redlands and surrounding communities. The Redlands club is comprised of community business professionals, retirees, and area service workers. They have performed activities that have benefited the community in a many ways since its founding in 1947. We appreciate their interest and welcome their participation in our annual Toys for Tots drive.

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Redlands Pilots Rack-Up the Wins at Reno

Friday the 13th was a good day for Redlands Pilots. Tony Higa placed 2nd in the Silver Biplane heat, Phil Ensley placed 2nd in the Gold Biplane heat, and Karl Grove placed 1st in the Silver Sport Class. Way to go!

Karl Grove Prepares for Saturday’s Race
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Phil Ensley Prepares for Today’s Race at the 2019 Reno Air Races

RAA Treasurer, Phil Ensley signals thumbs-up before climbing in his ride, Race 27, “Magic”.

Good Luck Phil!
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Dan Chapman Receives FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Dan Chapman is a longtime member of our airport community. He is an active RAA and EAA Chapter 845 member. He currently serves as Vice President of EAA Chapter 845.

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots. This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”.

Dr Paul Foster, FAA FAAST Team Program Manager, Riverside FSDO, presented the award to Dan at our July 24, 2019 RAA meeting with family and RAA members in attendance. Congratulations Dan on this notable achievement!

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Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Redlands airport pilot and RAA treasurer Phil Ensley and Wanda Ensley (mom) prepare to depart Redlands airport today in Annabelle to perform the flyover at the Redlands 4th of July Activities and Fireworks Show

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