Hangar 24 AirFest Moves to San Bernardino Airport

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

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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. The seminar will be held at the Redlands Airport Public Lobby on February 14th at 9:30 am.

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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!

WOW!
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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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