Redlands Municipal Airport is once again demonstrating it’s value as a community asset. US Forest Service contract firefighting helicopters are now operating from the West Ramp at Redlands Municipal Airport to support efforts to fight the “Valley Fire” burning near Forest Falls CA. These crews began arriving at the airport on Friday, July 6th. All of the firefighting aircraft belong to contractors. Some are from as far away as Atlanta, GA.
If you are flying into Redlands Airport, please be aware there are Notices to Airman (NOTAM’s) filed for this activity. Please exercise caution if you are using the airport during their stay. These folks are flying heavy helicopters that create significant rotor wash. They are also flying irregular traffic patterns. Please give them the right of way as they are engaged in firefighting activities.
Information about the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Valley fire can be found at this link: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_9184.html
The RAA had 9 members volunteer their time to promote Redlands Municipal Airport, General Aviation, EAA Chapter 845 and the RAA to guests attending AirFest 2018. It wasn’t all work for those that volunteered. We all enjoyed the show. Thanks!
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.
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
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