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

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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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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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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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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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