Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO Recognized at the Mayor’s Long Beach Business Awards

On Friday, August 12, fifty leaders were honored by Mayor Robert Garcia at the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan for their outstanding contributions to the local economy and community. At the first annual Long Beach Business Awards, award recipients from both big and small organizations in the Long Beach area were chosen for their hard work and innovation.

Curt Castagna, President and CEO of the Aeroplex/Aerolease Group at Long Beach Airport (LGB), was recognized for his contributions to general aviation and business aviation. Castagna’s expertise ranges from airport operations to environmental regulations, and he has worked in the aviation industry for over 35 years. Castagna is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and teaches as an adjunct professor in the aviation program at California State University, Los Angeles.

Fellow award winners included Steve Goodling of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mario and John Molina of Molina Health Care, Vivian Shimoyama of Long Beach City College, and Mina and Luis Hernandez of Deli News Pizza. Find the full list of honorees here.

Curt Castagna and Mayor Robert Garcia pose for the cameras.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Project Scientist STEM students travel to the Long Beach Airport to learn about Physics with the JetBlue Foundation

“Project Scientist empowers girls who show passion and talent for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

JetBlue hosted 75 young girls from the Project Scientist STEM expedition at Long Beach Airport in early July. These girls get to experience working with top companies and universities with a different theme each week. Because last week’s theme was Physics, the program led the girls to the Long Beach Airport to oversee JetBlue’s operation by meeting with the crew members and touring the facilities. During their tour, the girls got the chance to visit the baggage area, ticket counter, and aircraft maintenance.

STEM allows low income girls, ages 4-12, to have the opportunity to learn hands on and explore their passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The JetBlue Foundation has been kind enough to award six grants that total up to $150,000 for aviation programs to show their support to the STEM organization. They strive to educate students in aviation; so that they could be more prepared if they hope to have a career in aviation. Thanks to these grants, these programs are able to continue to help underserved communities which include women, veterans, and minority groups. The JetBlue Foundation also seeks to help the next generation of professionals in aviation.

The JetBlue foundation was founded in 2013, and since then has provided $350,000 of grants to help aviation programs take off.  The JetBlue Foundation has remained connected closely with 20 aviation programs.

Note: The JetBlue Foundation is legally independent from JetBlue and has a separate Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee that are both made up from JetBlue crew members from the entire airline.

To learn more about the JetBlue Foundation, visit www.jetblue.com/InspiringHumanity.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Long Beach’s Aeroplex/Aerolease Group Supports Local Aviation Students through National Air Transportation Association

Long Beach Airport tenant Aeroplex/Aerolease Group is sponsoring the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) College Chapter program for students who are working toward bachelor’s degrees in Aviation Management. NATA College Chapters provide savings and advantages for students, such as leadership opportunities, scholarships for attending the annual NATA Aviation Business Conference, free access to Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training through Safety 1st, and more.

“We’re excited to provide students with new opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience from experts in the aviation business industry,” said Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO and NATA Board Member Curt Castagna. “By partnering with other aviation companies and trade organizations, we can successfully introduce students to the diversity of careers available behind the scenes at airports –from FBO management, sales and finance to aviation law and engineering.”

CSULA first university to start NATA College Chapter
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), has announced that they will be the first to join the program. The university offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Administration.

“We are excited and appreciative of the investment NATA is making to support the development of aviation students and provide invaluable exposure to general aviation businesses,” said Randal D. Berg, A.A.E., airport director at King County International Airport, adjunct professor at CSULA and immediate past chair of the American Association of Airport Executives.
CSULA Aviation Administration Students

In addition to networking with NATA members from a wide range of aviation businesses, 
student members can post resumes on the program’s website (www.nata.aero), view job and internship posts, receive NATA News as well as other industry updates, access the group’s member directory and attend its events.

To learn more about student memberships, please visit http://nata.aero/Membership/Student-Members.aspx. More information on NATA College Chapter memberships can be found at http://nata.aero/Membership/College-Chapters.aspx.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LGB Leading USA Today Contest For Best Airport Dining

The wine bar and fire pit at 4th Street Vine in the Long Beach Airport passenger concourse.
For the past several years, the first-class experience at Long Beach Airport (LGB) has made it feel like the travel industry's favorite little secret. Now, it looks like the secret is starting to get out. Last week, USA Today, the largest circulation newspaper in the United States, included LGB in its nominations for 2016 Readers’ Choice Best Airports for Dining. This is an incredible honor for Long Beach Airport, and it tells us that our guests are enjoying the convenient and easygoing atmosphere that we provide. We will continue this same high level of service in order to preserve the charm and modern feel of our airport. Voting is open now until February 10th, and you can click here to cast your vote for LGB and share it on social media.

The Boathouse offers a great view.
After several days of voting, Long Beach Airport is currently No. 1 on the leaderboard, and we hope to remain on top when the final results are tallied. Everyone is eligible to vote, as often as once per day, from now until 9:00am PST on February 10th.

The contest presents a tremendous opportunity for Long Beach Airport. LGB has the lowest number of annual enplanements among the list of 15 airports from all across the U.S. and Canada, which were chosen from USA Today reader recommendations. This signals to us that our customers are spreading the word about Long Beach Airport with very high regard.

In their description, USA Today echoes what we've been hearing from guests for years, noting that "Long Beach Airport hearkens back to the golden age of flying, and the food options are a great representation of local flavors." With their total daily average circulation of more than 4.1 million, and print circulation alone at more than 1.1 million, USA Today is helping Long Beach Airport expand our presence to a worldwide audience.

We’re extremely pleased to share this honor with our dining partners. We would like to highlight Paradies, which does a fantastic job of operating our establishments and runs a welcoming dining experience for our passengers each and every day. Of course, we are also thankful for the amazing local restaurants that bring so much flavor and diversity to LGB. Click here to learn more about each of them.

We hope you’ll vote LGB in the USA Today contest, and hope to serve you at one of our fantastic eateries very soon. Then you’ll be able to experience our vision for a new standard of air travel; one that is simple, straightforward, and in our case, quintessentially Long Beach. Vote here for LGB as your favorite airport for dining.

George's Greek Cafe is one of many local favorites in the Long Beach Marchè.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Spirit Arrives at Long Beach Airport

Holiday displays cast a festive mood over Long Beach Airport. #MerryLGB
The holiday season is here, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) is feeling the spirit. Our holiday displays, which include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, will be arranged in the Meeter Greeter Plaza, which does not require a boarding pass to access. Lights and a wreath will adorn the historic main terminal.

Our concessions partner, The Paradies Shops, is also spreading good cheer through LGB during this festive season:

  • Beginning November 30, limited-time coffee flavors including peppermint mocha, salted caramel mocha and gingerbread latte will be available in the passenger concourse.
  • Also, the Treat Our Troops program offers one free entrée and beverage for current and past active duty service men and women with show of military I.D., and will run from Thanksgiving to January 1. For more information on the Treat Our Troops program, click here.

The arrival of the holidays means that air travel is increasing sharply as travelers seek to spend time with friends and family. That means that airports are very busy places, and while Long Beach Airport typically avoids the gridlock and huge crowds that are common elsewhere, there are still many ways to help make your visit to LGB a more easygoing, first-class experience.
  • Plan to arrive at Long Beach Airport at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave.
  • Click here to familiarize yourself with the TSA guidelines on liquids, prohibited items and more.
  • LGB has many dedicated, friendly peace and law enforcement and peace officers on hand who are always willing to help. Remember: "If you see something, say something."
  • Our partner JetBlue Airways just this week released a fun instructional video about making the security line easier for everyone. Watch it at the bottom of this page.
  • If you'd like to share any photos of the decorations on social media during your visit, use the hashtag #MerryLGB to be featured on our accounts.
Parking is available at Lot A, nearest the historic main terminal, for $19 per day and nearby in Lot B for $17 per day. The hourly rate for both garages is $2 per day and Blink electric vehicle charging stations are available in Lot B. Valet parking is available for $24 per day and includes a free car wash. For those who are picking up arriving passengers, parking is free for one hour in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot on the northeast corner of Lakewood Blvd. and Wardlow Road.

Friday, November 20, 2015

LGB Fly-In '15 Brings Community Together at LB Airport

The P-51D Mustang leads a pair of WWII-era trainers.
Aviation enthusiasts and neighborhood families filled Taxiway B earlier this month, as Long Beach Airport (LGB) held the third annual LGB Fly-In with more than 30 impressive aircraft on display. Longtime radio personality and helicopter pilot Commander Chuck Street served as emcee of the event, and Long Beach 5th District City Councilwoman Stacy Mungo welcomed the crowd with opening remarks. City Manager Pat West even arrived on his bicycle to enjoy the warm day at the airfield.

The "Snoopy Two" blimp waves goodbye to close the event.
With a crowd of about 2,000 attendees, people lined up to purchase helicopter rides, and beaming children were invited to climb inside aircraft of all shapes and sizes. The MetLife “Snoopy Two” blimp even hovered low over the Fly-In for a close encounter with the crowd, before speeding off to its next destination.

The LGB Fly-In attracts a unique array of aircraft every year, and many notable attractions captured the hearts of visitors. Stunt planes, experimental planes and other general aviation aircraft made up one side of the static display, alongside huge business jets and a wide variety of historical aircraft. This assemblage showed the diversity that makes Long Beach Airport an aviation experience like no other.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet makes its arrival to the Fly-In.
The biggest draws included two all-stars of the sky: A P-51 Mustang (top picture) and an F/A-18 Super Hornet. Pilots from the U.S. Marine Corps were happy to answer questions about the F/A-18, and even performed a fly-over as the static display prepared to open. Crowds of admirers young and old swarmed these storied fighters from the beginning.

Long Beach Animal Care Services helped rescued pets find new homes, and the USDA displayed several birds of prey that had been rescued from the airfield. Food Finders collected non-perishable food items for their annual holiday drive, and attendees enjoyed the wide selection of food trucks on hand, and refreshments at the Paradies Fly-In Festival beer garden. Proceeds from the Fly-In Festival benefited local nonprofits Miller Children's Long Beach Auxiliary and Leadership Long Beach.

A volunteer serves up a cold drink at the Paradies Fly-In Festival.

Several Long Beach Airport FBOs and other business partners participated in the Fly-In and helped make it a fantastic event, from Anthelion Helicopters, Angel City Flyers and Tom's Aircraft to Pacific Jet Center and Aeroplex/Aerolease at Signature Flight Support. The LGB Fly-In '15 was an unforgettable experience with their help and support.

An elevated view of the static display and attendees on Taxiway B.

The Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II was one of the biggest draws.

A Marine Corps pilot helps a future pilot into his vest.

A commercial flight soars over the Champion Super Decathlon and others.

Presentation of our nation's colors to begin the show.

Anthelion Helicopters takes another happy group to the skies.

The unique look of the Diamond DA42 Twin Star from Angel City Flyers.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Industry Conference Brings Nearly 2,000 Airport Insiders to Long Beach

ACI-NA CEO & President Kevin Burke, LGB Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M. and ACI-NA Chair James Cherry cut the ribbon, officially opening the conference.
An estimated 2,000 people attended the 2015 Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Annual Conference & Exhibition from October 4-7 at the Long Beach Convention Center, a fantastic turnout for the event that brings together representatives from more than 200 airports across the U.S. and Canada. Long Beach Airport is among the smallest airports to host the distinguished conference in its 67-year history.

Special touches gave ACI-NA a unique, Long Beach feel.
Participants were treated to sessions discussing business, safety and security, environmental matters and other issues that are affecting airports that belong to ACI-NA. They also heard speeches from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, ACI-NA President & CEO Kevin Burke and Airport Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M.

The conference was held downtown at the Long Beach Convention Center, and guests filled nearby hotel rooms and restaurants. The combination of incredible weather at the beach, the glamour of downtown and the welcoming atmosphere gave every attendee a warm and unique visiting experience.

In addition to four days of sessions and an active exhibition on the convention center floor, Long Beach Airport also provided an exclusive private tour for many ACI-NA attendees that took them behind the scenes at AirFlite, Gulfstream Aerospace and the north passenger concourse, with breakfast provided by Paradies. Long Beach Airport would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers, partners and City entities that helped make the 2015 ACI-NA conference an unforgettable experience for all.

Long Beach Airport is honored to have hosted the 2015 ACI-NA conference and would happily welcome its return.

The perimeter tour took visitors around the airfield, apron and concourses.

Acting Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Montuya-Morisky points out local eateries to the group.

Thanks to the ACI-NA attendees and guides that joined our behind-the-scenes tour!