Its that time of the year. Happy birds are in the midst of their annual mating ritual. We see them all over REI as we are in a known avian flyway. All aircraft owners, especially those that tiedown outdoors, need to be vigilant for birds nesting in our engine compartments, air inlets, vent openings and any where in the aircraft where bird can gain access. Hangared aircraft are also subject to this activity too. Please see the photo below of the second bird nest found in two weeks among aircraft being serviced by Blue Raven Aviation.
The NTSB has a few reports of aircraft accidents from fires resulting from nests made on top of cylinders. Nests can clog engine inlets, interfere with control movement. Bird poop can cause corrosion and paint damage. Please be vigilant during your preflight for evidence of bird nests. Keep all openings in your aircraft covered or plugged while it is parked.
There is nothing in the CDC guidelines that prevents any pilot from climbing in their airplane and going for a ride to maintain currency. There are issues if you take a friend for a ride as you will probably have difficulty with maintaining 6′ separation. But, you certainly can take your spouse and family members for a ride.
There are some sights to see in the local area. There are hundreds of airliners parked at Victorville Logistics Airport (KVCV). There are over a hundred Delta ships at San Bernardino too. It’s quite a spectacle, as we all know it is costing billions to park these aircraft as a result of the pandemic. We hope people will be willing to get in airliners soon! Here’s a photo from KVCV this morning.
If you hurry, there is a spectacular poppy bloom in the Antelope Valley. This will certainly cheer you up after your flight to KVCV. Just look west of Fox field ( KWJF) and you will see the orange landscape with miles of poppy blooms. Here’s another shot from this morning.
Unfortunately, your favorite local airport restaurants are closed to diners. But, many have takeout. Consider supporting them with a take out order. You may want to call ahead for their hours.
We will get through this! Stay healthy and fly safe!
Redlands Airport’s very own, all around good guy, Tony Higa has been listed as an airshow performer as well as a race competitor at this year’s Reno Air Races. You can read about Tony’s upcoming performance at the Stihl National Championship Air Races at this link: https://airrace.org/performers/
Tony has many fans all over the world. This includes his many fans and supporters at Redlands Airport. If you needed another excuse to attend the 2020 Stihl National Championship Air Races, here it is. This years event will be held on September 16-20th at Stead Field, Reno Nevada. For more information about the 2020 Stihl National Championship Air Races go to: https://airrace.org/
It certainly is a brave new world, at least for a little while, as we all deal with COVID-19. The Redlands Airport T shirts arrived and Clif and Angela Hoover were kind enough to make them available to the airport community on Saturday April 4th. The RAA treasurer really appreciated their efforts too as the T shirt order was about 2/3 of the RAA bank account! Many tenants showed up to pick up their orders. It was a great opportunity to chat and catch up on the latest gossip and to do some hangar flying. As you can see in the photo, social distancing per CDC guidelines was strictly followed during the entire morning. If you ordered a T shirt and you would like to pick it up. please contact Angela Hoover via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We support all efforts to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. With consideration of the current events involving this pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Redlands Airport Spring Fling event. Let’s all hope and pray we will get this virus behind us as soon as possible.
We are tentatively planning to reschedule this event to June 13, 2020. This is the EAA’s annual International Young Eagles Day. Please mark your calendars and we will keep all advised on our efforts to hold this event.
On Monday March 16th, air show leaders from Hangar 24 and the San Bernardino International Airport met and decided to cancel the Hangar 24 SBD AirFest, scheduled for May 30 and 31, 2020. Reasons cited include:
The US Air Force has stood down all of their teams through May 15th, 2020. There is concern that this date will be extended beyond our airshow weekend.
Governor Newsom has closed many establishments (dine-in restaurants, fitness centers, breweries, etc.)
Meetings or social settings of 10 or more people are discouraged.
Health Department is not currently issuing permits for large events “until further notice.”
Catherine ‘Cat’ Pritchett, Director of Administration for the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, shared in a written statement, “As excited as were for the opportunity to organize a show together in 2020, the well-being of our team and our partners is our top priority.” Cat continued, “When the time is right, we will get our team back to the table to plan an air show for 2021 that will be like no-other.”
Show your support For Redlands Municipal Airport,
the gateway to the Inland Empire. These T-shirts are available as a limited
release. These high-quality T shirts include the graphic many of us have seen
on the Redlands Airport poster sold by “Victory Girl”. This graphic was
produced by local aviation artist Jerri Bergen.
These T-shirts are preshrunk, 100% cotton that are dyed to resist fading. They are available in both men’s and women’s styles. Sizes available are:
Men’s- S, M, L, XL, XXL Ladies: S, M, L, XL, XXL
We are taking orders for an initial release of 50 until 3-10-20.
These shirts are only $20 each, which is payable (cash or check) upon delivery.
We expect they will be delivered in time for pick-up at our Spring Fling event
on April 4th.
If you are interested in ordering these T shirts, please
contact Angela Hoover via email: email@example.com
or cellphone at 951-202-3110
Hangar 24 Craft Brewing and San Bernardino International Airport have entered into a partnership to present the Hangar 24 SBD AirFest on May 30-31, 2020, a combination of the best elements of the long-running Hangar 24 AirFest and SBD Fest, two of the region’s largest community events.
The Hangar 24 SBD AirFest will be headlined by the United States Air Force F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team, and the skies above the San Bernardino International Airport will come alive with performances by a number of talented pilots and their aircraft. The event will also feature a car show, live music performances, and a large selection of local craft beer.
In 2020, Hangar 24 Craft Brewing celebrates the 12th anniversary of its founding and its 8th year of air show festivities. For Cook, the decision to move the air show from the City of Redlands, where the brewery was founded, was not made easily. “We hold our city dearly and it was an extremely difficult decision to move the location of the AirFest, but we faced multiple significant challenges keeping the show at its former location in Redlands, including the loss of our main 40-acre parking lot. We’re excited to partner with SBD Fest and the San Bernardino International Airport to present the amazing air show event our fans and sponsors have grown to love.”
Going into its 6th year, SBD Fest, traditionally held in the fall, is now scheduled for the last weekend in May. Mike Burrows, Executive Director of the San Bernardino International Airport, is optimistic that the community will support the new event date, “SBD Fest is typically held in November, but with the increased growth in activity at SBD International Airport, especially in the 4th Quarter which is peak holiday delivery season, the Airport simply cannot accommodate a two-day festival like it has in years past. We are excited for this opportunity to combine our efforts into a community festival like no other.”
Event organizers plan to maintain the festival style of SBD Fest, with the traditional high energy of Hangar 24 AirFest. Existing and former event sponsors, vendors and partners for both events will be welcomed into the expanded event footprint, and event details will be shared via social media as new aerial acts and concert performances are confirmed. For details and ticket information go to the event website www.hangar24sbdairfest.com
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. The seminar will be held at the Redlands Airport Public Lobby on February 14th at 9:30 am.
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!