Redlands Airport Runway 8 PAPI Unserviceable

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Banning Municipal Airport Receives Federal OK To Close Reprinted from Banning-Beaumont Patch

Legislation that paves the way for the long-desired shutdown is now awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature.

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Posted Wed, May 15, 2024 at 3:12 pm PT|Updated Wed, May 15, 2024 at 5:32 pm PT

Banning Municipal Airport
Banning Municipal Airport (City of Banning)

BANNING, CA — After a years-long effort to close the city-owned Banning Municipal Airport, it is finally happening.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024. The federal legislation now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature includes an amendment introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D) that paves the way for the shutdown. Democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-25) also authored language for the closure.

“I am proud to have successfully fought for legislation that will finally provide a pathway for the closure of the Banning Airport,” Padilla said in a released statement. “For too long, the Banning Municipal Airport has been a financial drain on the community, preventing redevelopment and economic growth. Now, after years of work, the City of Banning and Morongo Band of Mission Indians can finally unlock untapped economic opportunity blocked by the airport. This is a significant milestone for the City and Tribe — and a major step toward creating good new jobs for local residents.”

“This bipartisan bill represents a turning point for my constituents in the City of Banning that has the potential to create jobs and bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development to the City,” Ruiz’s released statement read. “The inclusion of my legislation,H.R. 8216, to close Banning Airport is a monumental win for the City of Banning and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. This closure will provide economic growth for the district by allowing the City to repurpose the airport property to bring in new investments and jobs to the region. I applaud Senator Alex Padilla for championing this effort, City of Banning Mayor Alberto Sanchez for his steadfast leadership, and Chairman Charles Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians whose tireless advocacy helped make this effort a reality.”

Under the legislation, the city of Banning is released from all obligations to the FAA, and the airport at 200 S. Hathaway Street can close as long as the following conditions are met:

The city repays fair market value to the FAA for 20 acres of airport land received in a 1983 grant. This is the only airport land from the federal government.

  • The city repays all unamortized federal airport grant money it has received.
  • All salvageable airport and aviation equipment is redistributed to other airports.

The Banning Municipal Airport opened in 1945. In recent years, the approximately 250-acre site has seen declining operations that have made the facility a financial drain on the community. According to city and federal officials, flights have decreased by 68% since 2010, and 40% of the airport’s bays are unusable.

For more than seven years the city has attempted to close the airport, calling it inefficient and unsafe. After commissioning a feasibility study in 2016 to analyze the airport’s future, the city passed a resolution in 2017 to shutter the facility and upheld that document again on June 13, 2023.

The city cannot close the airport without federal approval, however, and the FAA was not keen on doing so.

Banning City Manager Doug Schulze worked with federal lawmakers and tribal leaders to find a solution, and on Wednesday those efforts paid off.

“We’ve had so much support from our congressional leaders,” Schulze said.

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians supports the airport closure because it wants to develop land adjacent to the airport. The tribal land is situated in the airport’s crash zone, which has significantly limited development in the area.

“On behalf of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, I want to thank Congressman Ruiz and U.S. Senator Padilla for their hard work to help close the Banning Municipal Airport so that both the Tribe and the City can pursue new economic development opportunities that will create jobs and support the regional economy as a whole,” read a statement from Vice Chairman James Siva, Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

The airport closure will not happen overnight — it will take months, maybe more. When it does, however, the city’s plans are already laid.

In December, Banning City Council approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with Texas-based Hillwood, a company experienced in airport redevelopment, including the Rialto Municipal Airport, which shuttered in 2014. The agreement lays out that Hillwood pays the city for exclusive negotiating rights to develop the airport property. The five-year ENA includes two optional one-year extensions.

According to Schulze, Grandave Studios is among the businesses looking to land at the airport property. The independent film studio wants to house offices, sound stages, outdoor filming facilities, rentable storage space, retail stores and parking.

Warehousing and manufacturing facilities are also planned on the airport property. The businesses are anticipated to lure additional support service industries to the site, Schulze explained.

Residential development is not planned on the property, but Schulze said the city has several housing projects in the works elsewhere, with about 15,000 new homes coming this year.

“Banning has an active housing market,” he said.

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Sling Pilot Academy and the City of Torrance Settle Business License Dispute

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Despite boom in air traffic, SBD airport remains without radar

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Caution Heavy Jet Traffic Near KREI! SBD Runway 24 Visual Approach is Active

San Bernardino International Airport has begun using the RNAV Rwy 24 Visual approach. You will see heavy aircraft operating around KREI. PLEASE be vigilant when operating near KREI. See and avoid is our best tool at the moment. If you encounter any conflicts with heavy aircraft, please email Redlands Airport Supervisor Adarian (AJ) Lawson – Please provide:

Pilots Name, contact phone# or email address

Aircraft N#

Date & Time of Incident

Description of what happened

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Torrance Airport Association Sues City of Torrance

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Whiteman Airport – LAC Public Health and AQMD Reports Counter Claims That Lead in Avgas are Hurting Kids Near Whiteman Airport

The press release below prepared by the Southern California Airspace Users Working Group contains information that counters claims made by various individuals and CA Senator Menjavar about lead in aviation gasoline hurting kids near Whiteman Airport (KWHP).

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February 19, 2024

Contact: Ron Berinstein CFII
(323) 394-1331

Good News for Pacoima – Bad News for Disinformation Campaigners
LOS ANGELES, CA – New Data from the LA County Department of Public Works and the County Department of Public Health in addition to data from the South Coast AQMD discredit the often-reiterated criticism that might propel certain “Shutdown Whiteman” Campaigners.

LA County Board of Supervisors as a matter of due diligence on Nov.7, 2023, directed the Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB) to perform an analysis of blood lead levels around the Whiteman Airport.  Critics of the airport might suggest that children are endangered because of existing lead levels.

The following official reports are meant to document certain Whiteman Airport highlights and discount negative messaging.


Based on the analysis completed by CLPPB, the percentage of children under 6 years old with a blood lead level equal to or greater than the CDC Blood Lead Reference Value (BLRV) of 3.5 mcg/dL within 1.5 miles of Whiteman Airport is 1.75% compared to 2.26% for rest of Los Angeles County.” RESULT: Children’s endangerment messaging should cease immediately, and valid information should be substituted.

        REPORTS FROM SOUTH COAST AQMD    – We believe these studies are overlooked.

The Multiple Air Toxics Exposure Study V (MATES V – 2018-2019 – Whiteman Airport Results were substantially lower than the U.S. EPA Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) – similar to lead concentrations found in other parts of the South Coast Air Basin

2022 – Ten 24-hour samples were collected at Whiteman airport and analyzed for lead at South Coast AQMD’s laboratory.  Results were substantially lower than U.S. EPA’s national standard (150 ng/m3) – RESULT: Skewed Whiteman Airport lead messaging should cease immediately. Valid information should be substituted.


UNLEADED FUEL IS ON THE WAY-    Public Works will provide Swift Fuels UL94 unleaded aviation gasoline. All LA COUNTY AIRPORTS
WILL BE SERVED once the master agreement is finalized and the needed equipment is installed.

The LAC Department of Public Works Report and the LA County Public Health Report are available at

The AQMD reports can be accessed at Whiteman Airport Lead Monitoring (

SCAUWG.ORG believes that good people armed with good information will make good decisions. Those truly interested in the welfare of the Pacoima community should be truly interested in ceasing any possible false statement of facts and instead embrace the opportunities that a local airport important for the National Airspace System, for community emergency services, for pilot safety, and for community economic vitality has to offer.   For additional airport information and aviation safety education, you are invited to visit

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Torrance Flight School Wins Injunction in Business License Dispute at Zampereni Field Airport (KTOA)

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2023 Stuff A Plane Charity Toy Drive a Big Success!

We had another successful toy drive! Most of the businesses that collected toys for our drive outdid themselves this year. Quite a few of them filled their boxes. Thank you to the following organizations and businesses that collected toys for our Stuff a Plane Charity Toy Drive:

 Ark Christian Preschool  34558 Ave. E Yucaipa

Arthurs Restaurant 1913 Mentone Blvd. Mentone

Best Choice Products 15101 Red Hill Ave. Tustin

Citrus Valley High School Computer Science 800 W. Pioneer Ave, Redlands

City of Redlands Airport Lobby – 1745 Sessums Dr. & City Hall – 35 Cajon St. Redlands

Crown Ace Hardware 12157 5th St. Yucaipa

Denny’s Restaurants 2442 Highland Ave. Highland, 1190 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. Colton, 1180 Alabama St. Redlands, 110 W. Redlands Blvd. Redlands

Fitness 19 34448 Yucaipa Blvd. Yucaipa

Indian Motorcycle of Redlands 215 E. Redlands Blvd. Redlands

Kuehne + Nagel 9425 Nevada St. Redlands

Lovely Nails & Spa 34060 W County Line Rd. Yucaipa

RASelectronics 1032 Orange St. Redlands

Tractor Supply 1060 Calimesa Blvd. Calimesa

Redlands Elks Lodge #583 663 New York St. Redlands

Rialto Rotary Club & Fontana-Rialto Elks Lodge

SoCal Jeep Gladiator Owners

Attendees from our local communities that came to our event were also very generous with their toy donations. Additionally, RAA members also donated toys and $600 that were used to buy toys at Mattel and Amazon. In general, we did not collect as many toys as we did last year, but we still filled The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps truck. We also had some very generous cash donations to The Salvation Army from RAA members and the Redlands Police Officers Association. Thank you to all that donated. 

Saturday was a picture-perfect day to finish our toy drive. We started the grill at 8:30 with sausages and pancakes and switched over about 10:30 to start grilling burgers and hotdogs. We had some really good cooks and servers!

We had some great volunteers this year. In addition to RAA members, we had CAP cadets from Redlands Cadet Squadron 411, and a couple of volunteers from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. All these volunteers helped everything go smoothly. EAA Chapter 845 had 4 pilots who flew 22 kids, so they were very busy. The LifeStream blood mobile was on site for those wishing to donate blood.

The Salvation Army was onsite all day, and they were very happy with the outcome. If you would like to help them with their distribution efforts, the Salvation Army would welcome volunteers. You simply need to show up on December 12th thru the 15th from 9am – 3pm at their leased facility at 295 North Leland Norton Way in San Bernardino. It’s on the north side of San Bernardino Airport. They will be sorting toys for families that have registered to receive help for the holidays. Volunteering for something like this is very rewarding during the holiday season.

Finally on December 19th, from 9am – 3pm at the same address, you can witness the distribution to the families. The Salvation Army gives each family toys and a box of food. It’s nice to see those in need receive this help.  

Pictures have been posted on our website. Here is the link for photos with some of our collection box sponsors: 2023 Stuff a Plane Collection Box Sponsors Here is the link for photos taken by some of our members of the event:  12-2-23 Stuff a Plane Charity Toy Drive Event

Thank you to all that contributed, volunteered, and attended to make this another successful toy drive!

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Great Turnout for October FlyKREI Flyout to Rosamond Skypark

The October 7th fly-out to Guido’s at the Hangar, Rosamond Skypark was a great success. Nine planes and 21 people made the flight. We couldn’t ask for better weather for the morning flight. It was a great day to fly, it was severe clear with a light breeze. The food was great and the service was excellent. Everyone visited and talked “airplanes”. By 11:00, all headed back to their respective airports. A good time was had by all.

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