Protect our California Airports! Help Oppose SB 1120 & SB 902

Please see the email below and attachments we received from Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA.  This went to all AOPA members in California, but some of you may not have seen this or no longer belong to AOPA. Her request is important to share. Please take the time to contact your CA Assemblyman by email or phone no later than Monday 8-10 to oppose the bills she mentions.  Please see the instructions in her email. 

Redlands Airport is in CA Assembly Member Ramos district. As such, Melissa as asked us to contact him to oppose the bills. Some of you may reside in other CA assembly districts and you will need to contact your CA assembly member to do this. If you are not sure who that is, please use this link to contact your CA assembly member:  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  Please be sure to change the name in the email to your assembly members name. 

If you have questions, please contact us at redlands.airport.association@gmail.com 

From: McCaffrey, Melissa <Melissa.McCaffrey@aopa.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:56 PM
To: McCaffrey, Melissa <Melissa.McCaffrey@aopa.org>
Subject: Help AOPA Oppose SB 1120 and SB 902

Dear Redlands Pilots,

I hope this email find you well during these difficult times.  My name is Melissa McCaffrey and I manage Government Affairs issues in AOPAs Western Pacific Region, which includes lobbying for State level legislation affecting general aviation.  I am writing to ask for your help in our legislative effort opposing two bills that are being heard by a committee in the California Assembly on Tuesday, August 11th

I am asking that you contact your Assembly member, who has Redlands Municipal Airport in their district and ask them to OPPOSE SB 1120 and SB 902 and NOT support either bill passing through the Assembly Local Government Committee on August 11th.  Please tell the office that you are a constituent in the Assembly Members district. You can call the number below or copy the suggested text into an email.  Please reach out by the end of the day Monday, August 10th, the hearing will be held first thing in the morning on Tuesday, August 11th.

Why is this effort important to you as an AOPA member?  SB 1120 and SB 902 are being driven by developers, and if passed into law could have a very negative impact on general aviation airports in California.  These bills essentially strip local government of land-use planning and approvals in the name of “affordable” housing in the state.  More information on these bills is available here:  https://www.livablecalifornia.org/act-now-3-2/.  Please help us protect California general aviation airports that could be threatened – or even closed by housing development that is incompatible with airports.  We need you to take action to help us defeat the developer’s efforts in Sacramento!

Please take action to help us save California airports!

Call your Assembly Member by the end of the day on Monday, August 10th, and ask them to oppose SB 1120 and SB 902, both being heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee on August 11th.

Assembly Member James C. Ramos

Phone: (916) 319-2040

E-Mail: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD40&inframe=Y

Please send an email using this suggested text and the email link above:  

Hello Assembly Member Ramos,

I am a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a pilot and a constituent in your district.  AOPA is a not-for-profit member organization representing two thirds of all pilots in the United States, and over 36,000 members in the State of California.  I ask that you oppose SB 1120 and SB 902 passing through the Local Government Committee on August 11th. This is very important to pilots in California and I would appreciate your support.  Both SB 1120 and SB 902 would have serious negative consequences to airports across the State, including Redlands Municipal Airport.  Thank you for your consideration.

Join me on a conference call to learn more about SB 1120 and SB 902 and why we are opposing them.  I will host this Q&A session on Monday morning from 9:00am – 10:00am Pacific Time and will be happy to personally answer your questions.  I will be available for the full hour, so please join the call at any time.  

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I cannot stress enough how impactful strong community support is to legislators.  Your calls and emails WILL be heard by your Assembly member – even if you must leave a voice message!   AOPA is actively opposing these bills and I have already submitted AOPA position letters (attached) to the docket for the hearing on the 11th.

Thank you for your membership in AOPA and for your help in OPPOSING these bills.  Together, we can keep the future of general aviation airports in California bright!

Melissa McCaffrey

Government Affairs, Western Pacific

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association

o: 301-695-2228 | c: 386-366-1811

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Caution: Fire Tanker Activity at and over Redlands Airport

A helicopter tanker base has been established on the west ramp at Redlands Airport. There are numerous tanker aircraft flying into and out San Bernardino Airport that are transitioning over REI. The heavy helicopters on the west ramp will also be operating, flying to and from the Apple Fire.

REI is not closed at this time but please exercise caution and give right of way to these aircraft if you are operating out of REI. 

West Ramp REI 10:30 am Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Garmin Has been Hacked!

Please read the article below that was published in Forbes and authored by Barry Collins. Please see Garmin International for Updates at https://status.flygarmin.com/

Will Garmin Pay $10 Million Ransom To End Two-Day Outage?

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Garmin’s computer systems are being held to ransom SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

Garmin is reportedly being asked to pay a $10 million ransom to free its systems from a cyberattack that has taken down many of its services for two days.

The navigation company was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday, leaving customers unable to log fitness sessions in Garmin apps and pilots unable to download flight plans for aircraft navigation systems, among other problems. The company’s communication systems have also been taken offline, leaving it unable to respond to disgruntled customers.

Garmin employees have told BleepingComputer that the company was struck down by the WastedLocker ransomware. Screenshots sent to BleepingComputer show long lists of the company’s files encrypted by the malware, with a ransom note attached to each file.

The ransom note tells the recipient to email one of two email addresses to “get a price for your data”. That price, Garmin’s sources have told BleepingComputer, is $10 million.

Crippled Garmin

The ransomware attack has crippled many of the company’s systems. Reports claim that Garmin’s IT department shut down all of the company’s computers, including those of employees working from home who were connected by VPN, to halt the spread of the ransomware across its network.

Garmin’s Taiwan factories have reportedly closed production lines yesterday and today while the company attempts to unpick the ransomware.

The shutdown is having a big effect on Garmin’s customers. DownDetector reveals a huge spike today in people having trouble accessing Garmin Connect, the app that logs fitness routines for the company’s devices. More people are likely to be using such devices at the weekend.

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DownDetector graph showing problems with Garmin Connect
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The problem is even more serious for Garmin’s aviation device customers. Pilots have told ZDNet that they are unable to download a version of Garmin’s aviation database onto their airplane navigation systems, which is an FAA requirement.

Garmin has issued very little public comment about the problem. On Thursday, the company issued a tweet saying “we are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect,” adding that the outage “also affects our call centers and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats”.

Garmin has been approached for comment, but as you can appreciate from the statement above, that’s somewhat complicated…

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Redlands Pilots Win Big @ EAA Poker Chip Run Fundraiser

Twenty two aircraft participated today in the Poker Chip Run Fundraiser organized by EAA Chapter 1 & Flabob Airport. Nine of the aircraft with 17 participants were from REI. The REI pilots & crew collected cards and chips from EAA Chapter 845 at the REI lobby. After departing Redlands, they flew to Cable, Corona, French Valley, and ended up at Flabob for a nice lunch under the trees. It was nice to get out, up in the sky, and meet some wonderful people from all these airports. The total collected was $1100 with $550 donated to EAA Oshkosh. REI pilot Walt Ferar had the highest score and took home $320. Brandon Knight had the lowest score and took home $230. Everyone had an awesome time! Click the link for some photos of the EAA Poker Chip Event at Flabob.

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Redlands Airport Re-striping Project Video

It was finished ahead of schedule and with consideration of users. The contractor, PCI, did a short video of their crews in action during this three night project. The contractor did a great job. Thank you to the City of Redlands, the FAA and PCI for this maintenance project! Enjoy this video and music!

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Flying to Chino (CNO)? Please See FAA Letter to Airmen

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Caution! Birds in Planes

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.

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Get Out and Fly!

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!

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Social Distancing at Redlands Airport

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 abhoover13@gmail.com

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Redlands Municipal Airport T Shirts!

Orders Yours Now!

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: abhoover13@gmail.com or cellphone at 951-202-3110

Lady’s T

Men’s T

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