RAA Members Tour the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division

RAA members held there January meeting at the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division Hangar facility at San Bernardino Airport (SBD) on January 24th.

The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division has an Aero squadron consisting of many volunteer pilots and observers. These volunteers provide many hours of time supporting this aerial law enforcement division. Some volunteers even provide their own aircraft to support the “Aero Squadron”. The Aero Squadron provides aerial support within the County of San Bernardino and some of its municipalities including Redlands. We have some pilots at Redlands Airport that volunteer for this important role.

RAA member and Aero Squadron Reserve Deputy volunteer, Dave Guthmiller, gave a very informative a presentation on the unit and a tour of the facility. Click on “RAA SBD Tour” to see some photos of the presentation and tour.

The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division received 13,000+ calls for service in 2017. They have a first class operation at SBD.  We can all rest well knowing that they know how to use aircraft to protect the public.

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Sunday Morning Breakfast Club Flight to Chiriaco Summit, 1-14-17

We had a great turnout this morning. 14 REI aviators and guests enjoyed a breakfast fly out to Chiriaco Summit (L77) We are hearing it was the largest group from REI in quite a few years. We were also joined at the Cafe by a large group from French Valley.  If you are interested in tagging along on the next adventure, you are welcome to meet this group in the REI lobby on VFR Sundays at 7:30 am. Hope you can make it!

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Happy New Year from the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club!

The REI Sunday morning breakfast club enjoyed a beautiful early morning flight on New Years Eve to have breakfast at William J. Fox Field. 

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We Stuffed 24 Planes with Toys for Tots!

Anyone can stuff buses, but the RAA can “Stuff Planes with Toys for Tots”.

Click on: Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots for details about our 2017 toy drive and airlift.

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Ark Christian Preschoolers Visit KREI

Larry and Ruth Rice once again hosted some really young eagles at their hangar today. CFI Larry Rice gave them a brief ground school followed by an aerial demonstration. The kids had a blast. Click here for more photos. Thanks Larry and Ruth!

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Ryan Stinson Receives His Private Pilot Certificate

On October 17, 2017, REI member Ryan Stinson earned his Private Pilot Certificate. Ryan’s family was there to celebrate the occasion. Congratulations Ryan!!!

 

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ensley!

RAA Director Phil Ensley and his fiancee Emily Holmes tied the knot on September 30, 2017 on the compass rose at REI.  It was a beautiful service and many from the airport community attended. More pictures of the event can be found by clicking here or going to our photos tab.

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Redlands Pilots Celebrate KREI’s 70th Birthday at National Aviation Day

On Saturday, August 19th, members of the RAA grilled burgers, hot dogs while EAA Chapter 845 took some potential future aviators on free airplane rides to celebrate National Aviation Day. A total of 33 children and 5 adults experienced flight courtesy of some generous EAA 845 pilots.

This was second year the RAA celebrated National Aviation Day. The holiday was created by proclamation in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The holiday coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, one of the designer and pilots of the first successful airplane, the Wright Flyer.

This year’s celebration also honored the 70th birthday of Redlands Municipal Airport. A special cake was made for the occasion and served to those in attendance.

Happy B’day KREI!

 

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A Big Win for GA Airports!

Reprinted From Flying Magazine 8-8-17     Written by Rob Mark 

Court Strikes Down Access Restrictions at East Hampton Airport

Local town asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that could have had wide ranging implications for general aviation. 

East Hampton Airport

A court has issued a permanent injunction striking down locally created noise and access restrictions at HTO implemented by the town of East Hampton, New York. – Friends of the East Hampton Airport/Facebook

The battle over exactly who controls airspace and access to a public airport, in this case the airport in East Hampton, New York, is finally over. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of New York has issued a permanent injunction striking down locally created noise and access restrictions at HTO implemented by the town of East Hampton more than two years ago.

The National Business Aviation Association, Friends of the East Hampton Airport, the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and others had argued that existing federal law – the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA) – applies to all public-use U.S. airports, and that the town of East Hampton’s adoption of all three noise and access restrictions was a violation of ANCA. East Hampton appealed for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, but the high court denied the petition in June 2017.

Following the decision, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, “East Hampton has one of the most extensive voluntary noise-abatement programs in the country, and our members are committed to flying responsibly.”

Federal District Court Judge Joanna Seybert on Aug. 7 signed the permanent injunction.

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July 26th Update! Code Enforcement Complaint – Diversified Pacific Development North Ranch

Look what we found at the entrance of Diversified Pacific’s North Ranch model complex.

It’s about time!

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