Get Out and Fly!

If you need an excuse to fly, here’s a good one. The rain have really made wildflowers in Southern California abundant this year. Here’s the view from 4,500 just n/w of Lake Elsinore. Other spots to go flower watching include the area around Borrego Valley Airport (L80)and the Antelope Valley just west of Fox field (KWJF). Take a friend to show them the spectacular view!

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Please Be Courteous in the REI Run-up Area!

Please be cognizant of hangars and aircraft south of the run-up area for Runway 26. Prop wash can blow dirt and debris in open hangars and can cause costly damage to aircraft. Please be courteous and face your aircraft east (preferred) or west during run up.

Did You Ever Notice This Little Sign in the Run-Up Area?

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RAA Member Ensen Mason Sworn in Today as San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Former RAA Treasurer and Airport Advisory Board member, Ensen Mason, was sworn in today as the County of San Bernardino Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. His dad read him the oath of office assisted by his son Travis and his girl friend Jamie.

The San Bernardino County Office of the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector processes, safeguards, and provides information regarding county financial activities, manages the county treasury pool, collects and distributes property taxes and other obligations owed to county agencies and courts. That’s a tall order when you understand the County of San Bernardino is geographically the largest county in the US. Ensen will have a staff of 300+ employees. He is going to be a busy guy.

We wish him the best in his new job!

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We Stuffed 34 Planes Full with Toys for Tots Today!

We did it! We stuffed 34 planes with a few thousand Toys for Tots and delivered them to the USMC Reserve personnel from the 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, 29 Palms Combat Center  at Twenty Nine palms Airport (TNP). The toys were delivered in time for distribution to children in need for the holidays. Everyone arrived safely and a good time was had by all! Thanks to all the volunteers that took the time today to make this happen.

To view all the pictures of the 2018 toy drive and airlift, click on our website photos tab 

Enjoy This Slideshow of the Toy Airlift

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We Collected a Mountain of Toys for Kids in Need – Thank You!

It’s official we have collected at least double the amount of toys collected in 2017. It’s a record. We are also hearing 32 units of blood were donated to LifeStream. There were other charities that benefited too. All of this along with a car, motorcycle and plane show. There were also many great exhibitors that took the time to share their aviation stories.  We all had a blast! Click on 11-17-18 Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots under the photo’s tab of this website to see some picture of this event.

Saturday November 17th was a great day at Redlands Airport!

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Volunteers Prepare for Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots

RAA event organizer, Cindy Gablin, meets with some of the volunteers on Thursday evening, November 8th to go over preparations for Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots. Everything is a go for a great event next Saturday, November 17th at 10 am. We hope to see everyone there!

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EAA 845 Fly-Out to Palm Springs Air Museum

Members of EAA 845 visited the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday, October 20th. EAA 845 made arrangements so members could fly out and park at the museum.

As a Santa Ana wind event subsided it turned out to be a beautiful day to fly out to Palm Springs to see this awesome collection of aircraft. The museum rolled out the red carpet too as three great docents escorted us on a tour of most of the aircraft at the museum.

A good time was had by all! 

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REI Perimeter Fence Repair Near Run -Up Area

Its no secret that the perimeter fence at the airport has numerous openings that let coyotes and transients access the airport. When it is open near the Jacinto avocado grove we get lots of coyote activity as the grove is a source of food and water. Fence repairs near the run up area were started on Friday September 14th. Thank you City of Redlands for the needed maintenance!

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National Aviation Day 2018 @ Redlands Airport

If you missed it, we had a great time celebrating National Aviation Day Saturday August 18th. Our National Aviation Day event accomplished the intent of the holiday. We definitely promoted aviation to the community at large!

EAA Chapter 845 flew 35 kids and a couple of adults. They great turnout of generous pilots that volunteered their time and aircraft to fly these “Young Eagles”.  I am sure they inspired some of these kids to be future pilots or mechanics.

Our guests enjoyed music on the lobby patio while they visited and enjoyed lunch. No one left hungry!

We held our 1st Spot Landing Contest and appeared to be a big hit. 14 brave pilots slugged it out to win Aircraft Spruce Gift Cards and recognition as the Spot Landing Champs

Here is a link to some photos we have posted on our website under the photos tab. Click on this link: National Aviation Day 2018.  Enjoy!

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Active Firefighting Aircraft Operations At Redlands Airport

Redlands Municipal Airport is once again demonstrating it’s value as a community asset.  US Forest Service contract firefighting helicopters are now operating from the West Ramp at Redlands Municipal Airport to support efforts to fight the “Valley Fire” burning near Forest Falls CA. These crews began arriving at the airport on Friday, July 6th. All of the firefighting aircraft belong to contractors. Some are from as far away as Atlanta, GA.

If you are flying into Redlands Airport, please be aware there are Notices to Airman (NOTAM’s) filed for this activity. Please exercise caution if you are using the airport during their stay. These folks are flying heavy helicopters that create significant rotor wash. They are also flying irregular traffic patterns. Please give them the right of way as they are engaged in firefighting activities.

Information about the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Valley fire can be found at this link:

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