Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How LB Airport, Police and Transit Combined to Bring Servicemen Home

Saturday afternoon, after a multi-leg return trip from Afghanistan, 87 servicemen and women landed at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to find that the charter bus scheduled to pick them up had not arrived. What’s more, a miscommunication meant that the company would only be able to send one bus, all the way from Ontario. That wouldn't work.
Boarding LB Transit after landing at AirFlite, located at LGB

Instead of waiting, they contacted the Long Beach Police Department to ask for assistance. Both the police watch commander and the airport watch commander on duty immediately reached out to Long Beach Transit (LBT) with the request.

Within minutes, three LBT buses had arrived, complete with an Airport Security escort, to pick up the troops and bring them to their waiting friends and family in the city of Bell. LBPD presented the Army sergeant with a challenge coin for his service.

LGB was proud to play a role in this citywide effort, and is honored to again work with the men and women of our military.





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

IAF Receives Final C-17 from Boeing

Over the past two decades, no aircraft has served as a mascot to the Long Beach community like the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Today, the tenth C-17 ordered by the nation of India departed Long Beach Airport to head to its new home.

Production of various C-17 models will continue until mid-2015, but the India-bound aircraft is the last C-17 on customer order. Boeing has delivered 263 of these planes around the world over the past 21 years – each one designed and manufactured here on Long Beach Airport premises.

When deliveries first began in 1993, the C-17 offered new capabilities for a heavy lift aircraft, especially in disaster situations. Its unique design allows it to carry hundreds of passengers, or objects as heavy as a military tank, and it can also take off and land on shorter runways than other aircraft of similar size.

Foreign nations like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and even NATO all use the C-17 today. The U.S. Air Force alone has taken delivery of 223 examples of the C-17 Globemaster III for combat and humanitarian missions.

In person, the C-17 is so large and imposing that its versatility seems remarkable, which only adds to its legend. The enormous grey tails, peeking out over walls lining the Boeing perimeter, have been an unmistakable trademark of the Long Beach Airport for more than twenty years. Use the hashtag #C17Legend to share your photos and thoughts on social media.





Monday, December 8, 2014

Super Guppy Scheduled to Visit Long Beach Airport

The famed B-377-SGT “Super Guppy Turbine,” operated by NASA, will fly into Long Beach Airport (LGB) on Monday, December 8 from its home base in El Paso, Texas. One of five Super Guppies ever made, this massive aircraft is the only one still in use today. The arrival is even bringing out the Discovery Channel to shoot footage of the Super Guppy for an upcoming TV episode.
The special guest is a welcome arrival at Long Beach Airport, and any plane-spotters present for the arrival are encouraged to use the hashtag #SuperGuppyLGB on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Super Guppy Turbine, pictured in Hunstville, AL; Marshall Space Flight Center 

















When it lands at Long Beach Airport, the Super Guppy will make its triumphant return as one of the largest planes to ever use our runways. In fact, a Super Guppy hasn’t landed at Long Beach since one came here to deliver parts for the Apollo moon missions. Codenamed N941NA, this Super Guppy will stay at LGB for only one day before heading off on Tuesday, December 9.
The enormous Super Guppy is famous for its massive cargo area with a diameter of 25 feet, an overall cargo volume of 49,750 cubic feet and a whopping total height of 48 ft. and 6 inches – over ten feet taller than the Boeing 377 on which the Super Guppy is based.
That height has led some to describe the Super Guppy as having an “E.T. head.” Even stranger, the nose opens on hinges that can swing at angles as wide as 110 degrees. In the past, this unique feature has been utilized to transport smaller aircraft, or components eventually destined for the International Space Station.
The combination of the turbine engine, mated to an old-school propeller, will create a strong but smooth rumble as the Super Guppy cruises through Long Beach airspace.

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.