Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bryant L. Francis Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport

City Manager Pat West today named Bryant L. Francis, C.M., an aviation expert with over 18 years of industry experience, as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB). Mr. Francis’ appointment will be effective January 5, 2015.

“Mr. Francis is a dedicated, accomplished professional who will provide strong leadership and strategic planning for Long Beach Airport,” Mr. West said. “He will reach out and work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including the community, tenants and our commercial and general aviation partners.”

Mr. Francis has served as Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority in Louisiana since 2012. Previously he was Deputy Director, Properties & Business Development of the Boise Airport in Idaho; Director, Aviation Real Estate for the Wayne County Airport Authority in Detroit, Michigan; Deputy Director of Aviation – Marketing, Communications and Air Service Development for Palm Springs International Airport in California; and Airport Operations Representative for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am passionate about aviation, am committed to fostering positive relationships, and will ensure that Long Beach Airport provides the absolute best service possible to its travelers and to all our business and community partners,” commented Mr. Francis.

Mr. Francis’ responsibilities will include oversight of all airport operations, finances and leases, the Airport Noise Ordinance, community outreach, environmental matters and capital improvements.

LGB has won numerous awards, and the Long Beach Airport Area Complex is a major economic development resource, supporting 43,000 jobs and generating more than $11 billion into the regional economy.

Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).  He is currently a member of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors as well as Chair of the AAAE Diversity Committee.

Mr. Francis is replacing Mario Rodriguez, who resigned as Director in May 2014 to accept a position as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Long Beach Airport 2014 Fly-In a Huge Success!

Long Beach Airport recently hosted our 2014 Fly-In, a free community event featuring static displays of aircraft (i.e. on the ground for your viewing pleasure) on November 15.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter and a
Boeing C-17 were among the aircraft on display to the public

This year, LGB was lucky to have the renowned helicopter pilot, radio personality and television broadcaster, Commander Chuck Street, as Master of Ceremonies of the days festivities.

Commander Chuck Street with Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Interim
Airport Director Reggie Harrison, and Public Affairs Officer Kerry Gerot

Wilson High School's Drumline and Poly High School's Color Guard helped get the event underway, and Mrs. Long Beach spent the last day of her reign greeting local aviation enthusiasts in attendance.

Mrs. Long Beach, Brina Romero-MontaƱo, and "Earl Daugherty"
stand beside Big Panda, an Antonov AN-2

There were opportunity drawings throughout the day, with airport tenants and businesses donating prizes, and a JetBlue giveaway. Food trucks were on hand to feed the hungry crowd, and there were even pets available for adoption courtesy of Long Beach Animal Care Services. In addition, nearly 300 pounds of food was generously donated by attendees for a Food Finders food drive.

The response from the public was overwhelmingly positive, and LGB thanks our partners in the community that helped make the Fly-In such a tremendous success!

Some of the activity on LGB's airfield during the 2014 Fly-In

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Airport Joins Ready Long Beach

Long Beach Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), in partnership with the Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Airport and other city departments and disaster response agencies, participated together for the the first-ever READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo to help residents prepare for crises such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and acts of terrorism.

City of Long Beach, Deputy City Manager and Acting Airport Director, Reggie Harrison says a few words about the importance of safety and emergency preparedness.

The free public expo, on October 4 at Heartwell Park in Long Beach, featured emergency preparedness information/demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, a kid’s fun zone, food for purchase and emergency response vehicles. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport

At approximately 09:15 am on Thursday, Sept. 18, an outbound JetBlue flight from Long Beach Airport reported an engine problem and was rerouted back to Long Beach Airport for an emergency landing at 9:29 am. Evacuation slides were deployed and all 142 passengers deplaned safely along with five crew members.

Airport Operations followed all safety procedures, including closing the runway and associated taxiways. At approximately 11:15 am, two hours after the incident, the aircraft was cleared from the runway and commercial flights resumed at the airport, with some delays expected throughout the day. General aviation activity was not affected.

The Long Beach Fire Department treated three passengers at the scene, and transported one passenger to a local hospital.

The Jet Blue Airbus 320, Flight No. 1416, departed at 9:05 am and was heading to Austin, TX. JetBlue re-booked the passengers on a different flight so they could reach their destination.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

News Out of Daugherty Field's FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International's third Gulfstream G650 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A pilot's view of the Gulfstream G650 Simulator

"The FAA Level D qualification of FlightSafety's third Gulfstream G650 simulator clearly demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture the highest quality simulators," said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales. "This ensures they reflect the exact operating characteristics of the aircraft and provide pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants with current and relevant information."

Located at the Long Beach location, this is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive FAA Level D qualification. FS1000 simulators are designed to enhance training and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of FlightSafey's latest innovations in technology. They include the VITAL 1100 visual system, electronic motion cueing, and new Instructor Operating Station. The FS 1000 features tightly integrated computer hardware and software across subsystems which allows for more accurate and high fidelity simulation than found in other current and previous generation simulators.

FlightSafety International has also recently announced that Todd Bitgood has been promoted to Manager of its Learning Center at the Long Beach Airport location. He succeeds Pete Nily who has become a Regional Director of Training Operations. Congratulations to Todd and Pete for jobs well done!

FlightSafety Manager, Todd Bitgood

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace corporation for more than four decades. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories, including Long Beach.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Stories in the Concourse

M.L. Murray signs a book for a young reader.
On Thursday, August 7, author and veteran flight attendant M.L. Murray signed copies of her book, Plane Manners, at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The first in a series of children's books that teach good manners in any situation, Plane Manners is an illustrated story featuring travelling zoo animals. It teaches plane etiquette and safety to children and their parents. Throughout her book tour, Murray has visited at least 18 airports across the United States and has sold over 3,800 books.

Murray was initially motivated to write the book because she noticed that there was nothing published that addressed children and safety on airplanes. During flights, Murray has witnessed how rewarding it is when children and their families behave well; their polite attitudes and actions positively affect the rest of the passengers. "Good manners are contagious," said Murray.

Plane Manners ($14.95)
Murray began her career as a flight attendant at American Airlines in 1968. She worked for United Airlines and finished her career back at American. She is an involved member of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) and pledges to donate $1.00 from each book sold to AAI's efforts to assist victims of human trafficking.

Plane Manners ($14.95) is available at LGB, in Heritage bookstores, and in gift shops at 12 airports across the country. It will be available on Amazon in October. Learn more about the author, her book, and her upcoming projects here.

Eileen of LGB Public Affairs strikes a pose.
M.L. Murray loves her fans!  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fun Times at First Fridays

On Friday, August 1, Long Beach Airport (LGB) joined the fun in Bixby Knolls for First Fridays. According to their website, the mission of the event is "to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work." LGB provided free pens, doggy waste bags, and TSA-approved travel kits for passersby.

Performers including Hedgehog Swing, Hot Club, Jester McCool, and Taylor Crawford kept the music and good times rolling as people and their pets roamed the sidewalk. Street performers wowed the crowd and the Long Beach Trolley transported guests.

The monthly event occurs every first Friday of the month on Atlantic Ave. from Bixby Rd. to San Antonio Dr. Be sure to say hello to LGB at the next event on Friday, September 5 in front of the Historical Society of Long Beach!

Eileen Shock of LGB Public Affairs came prepared.

Hedgehog Swing provided retro tunes.

The Long Beach Trolley ran up and down Atlantic Ave.