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!

Friday, September 4, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Activity Scheduled Over Labor Day Weekend

On Monday, September 7, several U.S. Marine Corps aircraft will be arriving at Long Beach Airport to conduct training operations.

In addition, the F/A 18 aircraft that have been conducting training here are tentatively scheduled to depart on Monday at 4:00 p.m. If you’d like to meet the pilots before they leave, they are hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, September 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Signature Flight Support at Aeroplex/Aerolease, 3333 East Spring Street.

These aircraft are noticeably louder than other aircraft and are easily heard in neighborhoods near Long Beach Airport.The aircraft will utilize noise abatement procedures when operating in the vicinity of Long Beach, including modified arrival and departure flight profiles and minimum use of afterburners.

Friday, July 31, 2015

$54K Noise Violation Settlement Will Fund Local Events

Funds totaling $54,000 from a recent settlement with a charter airline will go toward community events for residents that live within the flight path, a local non-profit has said.

The fine will be paid to the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF), a non-profit that provides funds and assistance to charitable organizations throughout the city.

“Most likely it will be something that’s already happening that we can contribute to, rather than do something that’s completely new and different,” said Marcelle Epley, President & CEO of LBCF. Epley also said she expects the funds to go toward an event that occurs before the end of 2015.

Kalitta Airlines, a Michigan-based charter airline with a long history of operating out of Long Beach Airport, agreed to the settlement after pleading guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of violating the Noise Ordinance between June 2014 and March 2015. The Long Beach prosecutor’s office brought 13 charges against Kalitta in April, but the airline provided proof that one of the violations was chartered by the military and therefore exempt. Since they were notified of this case in April, the airline has not violated the Noise Ordinance.

“This agreement will help protect the community from excessive airport noise, while at the same time saving taxpayers the expense of a jury trial,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “The company has taken responsibility for the violations. I believe Kalitta will take appropriate steps to avoid these kinds of operations in the future.”

All operators at Long Beach Airport are informed of the Noise Ordinance rules, which include a range of noise decibel levels ranging from 102.5 decibels during the day to 79 decibels at night. Each violation incurred a $4,500 fine, adding up to the $54,000 total.

Long Beach Airport has entered into similar consent decrees in the past, with business partners such as Komar Aviation, JetBlue Airways and American Airlines, Inc. for their respective violations. The consent decree with Kalitta requires that the airline not violate the Noise Ordinance again for the next twelve months, or else incur a fine of $6,000 per violation. Kalitta could also have its permission to use the airport revoked by the Airport Manager.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Disposal Bins Placed at LGB After Fruit Fly Quarantine

Disposal bins have been placed at several locations inside Long Beach Airport recently, in response to an 80-square mile quarantine that includes LGB and large portions of Long Beach. Passengers will not be allowed to travel with fruits and vegetables that were homegrown within the quarantine zone, and the USDA asks that they use these new bins to dispose of them before boarding their flight.

The quarantine is for the Guava Fruit Fly, which has been discovered within the quarantine zone and can pose a hazard to vital local crops. The quarantine zone also includes portions of Lynwood, Downey, Norwalk, Paramount, Compton, Artesia, Lakewood and Hawaiian Gardens. In the past, Guava Fruit Flies caused extensive damage to crops in Pakistan, India and Thailand. They were first discovered in this region when they surfaced in Orange County in 1986, and have been identified sporadically since.

State officials discovered six male Guava Fruit Flies within the quarantine zone back in mid-May, and quickly outlined a plan to eradicate them from the area. Originating in southern Asia, the Guava Fruit Fly lays its eggs in fruits and vegetables, quickly rendering them inedible. Crops most at risk include guava, peach, cherry, citrus and melons. They can also be found in apples, bananas, cherries, papaya, plums and others.

As a result, fruits and vegetables that were grown within the quarantine zone will not be permitted through the Security checkpoint. Please be sure to dispose of locally-grown fruits and vegetables in the marked bins, and help us ensure that these insects do not spread to other locations.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Work Zone: Stay Alert For Detours During Construction

New construction on the airfield at Long Beach Airport began this week, necessitating a new perimeter road route. This new route is directly adjacent to an active taxiway, narrowing the space that taxiing pilots may be accustomed to. As a result, pilots and drivers alike will need to exercise extreme caution, and should have full understanding of the temporary boundaries until construction in this area is completed in about five months.

This construction, the fourth phase of a six-phase project, began last Wednesday evening. The project area is directly south of Taxiway F and west of Runway 16R-34L, and involves four construction zones that are each located on the usual perimeter road. These construction zones will be barricaded, in order to direct automobiles onto the temporary perimeter road – which is located north of the original perimeter road and parallel to Taxiway F.

Aircraft will continue to use Taxiway F during this time, and it has been narrowed to accommodate the temporary perimeter road. For this reason, please be alert and attentive when traveling on either the taxiway or the road.

Phase four of the project will be completed in approximately 5-6 weeks, followed by Phases five and six, which will each take about 5-6 weeks to complete, as well.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

F/A-18 Pilot Meet & Greet Draws Hundreds to LGB

A very special holiday treat rolled into Long Beach Airport, as hundreds of people gathered for an up-close look at the flock of U.S. Marines F/A-18 aircraft stationed here over the Memorial Day weekend.

The event was hosted on the ramp at Signature Flight Support LGB, which provides space and services to the military during their time here. Those in attendance could walk right up to the jets as they rested between training exercises, and even had an opportunity to speak with the pilots. Airport personnel estimate that nearly 500 people of all ages came to the meet and greet.

Training exercises began last Thursday, lasted through the weekend and will wrap up today. Thankfully, the Marines were able to carve out a few hours of time to welcome the community on Saturday afternoon, and even with short notice the response was fantastic. There could be no better way to show appreciation for our servicemen and women this Memorial Day.

Special thanks to Signature for graciously hosting the event, the Marines for taking the time out of their busy schedules, and the community for making it all possible. Until next time!