Thursday, November 17, 2016

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight Proves Itself a Sky High Success

On Saturday, November 5, nearly 5,000 people attend Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) fourth annual Festival of Flight on the west side of the airfield. Despite early morning fog, this year’s event proved to be bigger and better than before due to the efforts of Airport personnel and Councilwoman Stacy Mungo of the 5th District.

Councilwoman Mungo, Airport Director Romo, and Commander Chuck Street take the stage.
Formerly known as the Fly-In, the biggest event of its kind in the Long Beach area brought together families and people of all ages. The Festival’s Veteran’s Day theme was made evident during the opening ceremonies; members of the military presented the colors, the National Anthem was performed, and speakers including Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Airport Director Jess L. Romo, and Commander Chuck Street led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Crowds surround the Orbis DC-10.
Static aircraft displays included WWII-era warbirds, a Gulfstream Jet, a Citation Mustang, and a Catalina Flying Boat DC-3. With a line spanning nearly half of the event space, the most popular aircraft at the event proved to be the Orbis DC-10. This aircraft was the second DC-10 produced by McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach and was later converted into an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility to serve developing countries. After the event, the DC-10 was set to take its final flight to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson for retirement and public display.

The Condor Squadron performs a flyover before landing at the Festival.
Away from the airfield, fun for the whole family was plentiful with live music provided by Rock for Vets, a musical rehabilitation program for at-risk youth and veterans, and food and drink provided by vendors such as The Hungry Nomad, Belly Bombz, Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, and Legends Sports Bar. Children were treated to jumpers, assisted rock climbing, and face painting. Airport and City vehicles comprised an interactive Touch-A-Truck display and a car show was put on by Honoring our Fallen, an organization that supports our nation’s fallen heroes and their families. Vendors present included the Toyota Grand Prix, Eagle Scouts, TSA, a local independent chocolate company, and a bilingual education program.

A glimpse of Honoring our Fallen's car show.
Attendees praised the free event for providing family-friendly fun and a rare inside look at the Airport. This year’s event hosted more than double the amount of guests who visited in 2015. With public interest growing and more aircraft and activities gracing the airfield each year, the Festival of Flight promises to be a Long Beach mainstay for years to come.

Catalina Flying Boats DC-3
All photos courtesy of J.C. Dick.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Long Beach City Presents Results of Feasibility Study for Federal Customs Facility


The City of Long Beach has presented the long-awaited results to the public of a feasibility study on a federal customs facility at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The study was presented at the Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) and Economic Development Commission (EDC) meetings last month. The city commissioned the study to Jacobs Engineering (Jacobs) as a step towards potentially allowing international flights at the airport. JetBlue Airways submitted a request to bring international service to Long Beach, and the City Council authorized moving forward with the study in July, 2015. The Jacobs study as well as meeting transcripts may be found here.

The Jacobs study has provided Long Beach city with vital information to keep the best interest for our local communities. The study also shows the benefits to be derived to justify the Federal Government expense, as required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

On January 19, 2016, the City of Long Beach commissioned Jacobs to conduct the study. The study was commissioned after a Request for Qualifications was issued and two community meetings were held to gather feedback from the public. Specifically, the analysis surveyed the airport, airport tenants, government agencies, airport-dependent businesses and aircraft owners for economic data, and analyzed passenger traffic-related spending.

A separate analysis conducted by the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office examining possible effects to Long Beach’s Noise Compatibility Ordinance (LBMC 16.43) was also released with the Jacobs study.

The topic will be presented to the City Council at their December 13 meeting.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Long Beach Airport Recognized by Esteemed Publications in the Same Week

On Wednesday, October 26, Long Beach Airport (LGB) was one of ten airports to land a spot on Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “10 Best Airports in the U.S.” LGB was chosen by the magazine’s readers for the third consecutive year and climbed three spots to #7.

LGB's meet and greet area between the terminal and concourse
“We are very honored to have been named to this venerated list,” said Airport Director Jess L. Romo, A.A.E. “This recognition is a reflection of how satisfied our customers continue to be when traveling through Long Beach Airport.”

Inside LGB's concourse
Voters praised the open-air concourse with California vibes and the historic terminal, which reminds travelers of the glamorous Golden Age of Flying. Over 300,000 readers voted in this year’s poll and LGB earned an overall score of 77.92.

LGB's historical terminal
Soon after the Airport’s recognition, Long Beach was named SoCal’s Coolest Beach Town in the November 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine. LGB is proud to be part of a community recognized as SoCal’s hippest creative hub.

To see the full Condé Nast Traveler list which includes Long Beach destinations such as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Portland International Airport (PDX), click here. To read more, pick up the November 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine, available on newsstands everywhere.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Recently, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) announced the newly elected officers and members of their Public Safety and Security (PS&S) Committee. Among those named to the committee’s steering group was Long Beach Airport’s Manager of Security, Drew Schneider.

The PS&S Committee’s mission is to enhance the safety and security of airports by providing recommendations to industry and government for aviation safety and security policies. Their members identify and promote best practices in aviation safety and security, and develop educational and technological resources that help accomplish safety and security objectives at airports. The PS&S Committee also provides leadership and continually evaluates opportunities to improve the knowledge of aviation security professionals.

LGB congratulates Drew Schneider on his appointment to this prestigious committee!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long Beach Airport Visited by Boeing’s Quietest, Cleanest Aircraft

On Thursday, September 22, Long Beach Airport (LGB) became the first airport to be visited by Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 during Southwest Airlines and Boeing's service ready operational validation (SROV) exercise. Southwest Airlines is the launch customer of the aircraft, which will begin flying in Southwest's fleet late next year. SROV was a five-day exercise where a test aircraft operated some of Southwest's routes and tested various real and simulated operational scenarios including ensuring it meets airports’ standards.

All photos courtesy of Ron Reeves of Long Beach Airport (LGB).
This aircraft uses Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion (LEAP) engines, which are among the most efficient, quiet, and clean engines available. The B737 Max is likely to be one of the last “tube and wing” designs because the need for greater efficiency, less noise, and lower emissions is driving the move to a blended wing design for commercial aircraft.


An important factor in integrating a new aircraft into a commercial fleet is ensuring that it can meet noise regulations, as people are living closer to airports than ever before. The 737 MAX was designed to be 40 percent quieter than Boeing’s Next-Generation 737. After conducting preliminary tests, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, remarked that “the MAX noise levels are right where we want them to be.”


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sky Knight 50th Anniversary at Airflite in the Long Beach Airport



Earlier this summer, Airflite hosted the 50th anniversary of the Sky Knight program on July 27, 2016. The airborne law enforcement program from Lakewood, CA was originally based at the Long Beach Airport. This celebration had helicopters present for the attendees to view and speakers that discussed the Sky Knight Program.
The Sky Knight Program was the first to use airborne law enforcement. As stated in ALEA, there are at least 350 law enforcement units in the United States with helicopters to this date.

Sheriff McDonald
 
Sheriff McDonald announced, “In the 65 riots, they pot a helicopter up and they saw the benefits there was for being able to see from the sky and communicate with the vehicles on the ground,” when speaking about the beginning of aero surveillance.



Some of the people who have worked for Sky Knight
“This type of aero surveillance is not only out there to fight and prevent crime for residents and businesses and all other organizations out there but it also protects the law enforcement individuals,” April Johnson stated when discussing the purpose of the Sky Knight Program.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tenet Partners Recognized for Designing Long Beach Airport’s New Look

On Thursday, September 1, Tenet Partners was granted the coveted Design Merit Award by Graphis, Inc. for creating a stunning, first-class brand experience at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Tenet Partners, a brand innovation and marketing consultancy headquartered in New York City, designed the Airport’s new logo which debuted in 2015.

Graphis Magazine, also based in New York City, is a publication committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent in graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration. Awards are given out annually to over 500 rising stars in the world of art and design. Winners include artists and designers from across the globe.

Congratulations to Tenet Partners for their outstanding work in making Long Beach Airport’s brand a beautiful one.
Long Beach Airport's award-winning look