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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Council members Toni Momberger and Paul Barich conducted a Coffee with the Council meeting with the community on Saturday, June 29th. The community meeting was well attended by airport tenants. There were some meaningful discussions that were primarily centered around the airport. The discussion helped all understand issues and possible paths forward. A big thank you to Council members Momberger and Barich for taking the time to meet with members of the community!
Osmar turned 16 on Monday May 20th and wasted no time. He soloed on Friday May 24th. Flight instructor Denny Brown said he was ready. Just check out his smile and his proud grandpa George Morris. Way to go Osmar!
This has been a common sight at Redlands Airport lately. There have been some brave young lads paragliding through the traffic pattern at Redlands Airport risking their lives and the lives of pilots using the airport so they can strut their stuff to their pals at the brewery. On Sunday 4-21 there were at least 3 close calls between paragliders and planes. If you fly paragliders please avoid the airspace over the airport. Its not worth the risk and it may be illegal too!