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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Garmin Has been Hacked!

Please read the article below that was published in Forbes and authored by Barry Collins. Please see Garmin International for Updates at https://status.flygarmin.com/

Will Garmin Pay $10 Million Ransom To End Two-Day Outage?

Barry CollinsContributorConsumer TechI am a consumer tech expert writing about Windows, PCs, laptops, Mac, broadband and more.

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Garmin’s computer systems are being held to ransom SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

Garmin is reportedly being asked to pay a $10 million ransom to free its systems from a cyberattack that has taken down many of its services for two days.

The navigation company was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday, leaving customers unable to log fitness sessions in Garmin apps and pilots unable to download flight plans for aircraft navigation systems, among other problems. The company’s communication systems have also been taken offline, leaving it unable to respond to disgruntled customers.

Garmin employees have told BleepingComputer that the company was struck down by the WastedLocker ransomware. Screenshots sent to BleepingComputer show long lists of the company’s files encrypted by the malware, with a ransom note attached to each file.

The ransom note tells the recipient to email one of two email addresses to “get a price for your data”. That price, Garmin’s sources have told BleepingComputer, is $10 million.

Crippled Garmin

The ransomware attack has crippled many of the company’s systems. Reports claim that Garmin’s IT department shut down all of the company’s computers, including those of employees working from home who were connected by VPN, to halt the spread of the ransomware across its network.

Garmin’s Taiwan factories have reportedly closed production lines yesterday and today while the company attempts to unpick the ransomware.

The shutdown is having a big effect on Garmin’s customers. DownDetector reveals a huge spike today in people having trouble accessing Garmin Connect, the app that logs fitness routines for the company’s devices. More people are likely to be using such devices at the weekend.

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DownDetector graph showing problems with Garmin Connect
DownDetector shows how Garmin customers continue to be affected DOWNDETECTOR

The problem is even more serious for Garmin’s aviation device customers. Pilots have told ZDNet that they are unable to download a version of Garmin’s aviation database onto their airplane navigation systems, which is an FAA requirement.

Garmin has issued very little public comment about the problem. On Thursday, the company issued a tweet saying “we are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect,” adding that the outage “also affects our call centers and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats”.

Garmin has been approached for comment, but as you can appreciate from the statement above, that’s somewhat complicated…

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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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Social Distancing at Redlands Airport

It certainly is a brave new world, at least for a little while, as we all deal with COVID-19. The Redlands Airport T shirts arrived and Clif and Angela Hoover were kind enough to make them available to the airport community on Saturday April 4th. The RAA treasurer really appreciated their efforts too as the T shirt order was about 2/3 of the RAA bank account! Many tenants showed up to pick up their orders. It was a great opportunity to chat and catch up on the latest gossip and to do some hangar flying. As you can see in the photo, social distancing per CDC guidelines was strictly followed during the entire morning. If you ordered a T shirt and you would like to pick it up. please contact Angela Hoover via email at abhoover13@gmail.com

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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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