Thursday, January 22, 2015

Long Beach Airport Celebrates Diversity in Dr. King Parade

Philip Morisky and Carolyn Carlton Lowe enjoy the ride.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) is always eager to get out and into the community whenever possible, and recently, one of the city’s most storied and exciting traditions offered the perfect opportunity to bring LGB spirit to the people of Long Beach.

Pom-poms were a big hit with the crowd.
The city held its 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade over the weekend, and thousands lined the streets to be part of what makes Long Beach so special: its diversity. People of all backgrounds came out to watch local leaders, marching bands, community groups and business floats of all kinds honor the legacy of Dr. King and his message.

Long Beach Airport was there too, proudly, with the popular “airplane” golf cart carrying volunteers, and a support car following behind with goodies like pom-poms and toy planes to pass out to the crowd. The airplane cart even had somewhat of a second debut, showing off a brand new nosecone with a spinning plastic propeller and realistic-looking exhaust pipes – masterfully designed and built by maintenance assistant, Harley Alcorn. With both vehicles displaying "Airport" across their sides, it sent a clear message that LGB is a proud member of the local community.

Kenyon Labostrie spreads toys along the route.
The parade route traveled north along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue for over a mile, through part of Cambodia Town and right past the iconic Long Beach Poly High football field, then across Pacific Coast Highway and into Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Along the way, the LGB crew in both cars – themselves an extremely diverse group – handed out hundreds of toys to neighborhood children as they waved and cheered. Finally, the “airplane” touched down for the day in front of a bronze statue of Dr. King himself, that welcomed one and all to a concert and carnival that lasted into the evening.

Long Beach Airport was honored to have a presence at yet another fantastic MLK Parade, and looks forward to participating in the event for years to come.

Gloria Curry, Kim McMahon and Desiree Farr lead the way.

Carmen Rivera hands out toy planes to local children.




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Long Beach Airport Resumes Operations Following Brief Airspace Lockdown

All flight activity has returned to normal following incident at nearby Long Beach City College.

The airspace surrounding Long Beach Airport has been reopened and operations have resumed, following a brief lockdown on all flight activity due to the situation at nearby Long Beach City College. All operations at Long Beach Airport have returned to normal, and flights expected to arrive and depart today remain on schedule.

The FAA issued a lockdown on all flight activity in and out of Long Beach Airport at approximately 11:19am on Thursday, January 15. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 11:57am. Two flights experienced brief delays during the lockdown, but were not canceled. Other flights may experience some delays, however no flight cancelations related to this incident have been reported.

Officers responded to Long Beach City College on Thursday morning following a report of a possible explosive device near the Liberal Arts campus. The lockdown was lifted when police determined there was no device, and cleared the scene.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayor Highlights Long Beach Airport In Impressive Speech


In his first State of the City address, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia praised Long Beach Airport (LGB) for its award-winning service, as well as its economic impact on the surrounding community.

Click here to see his mention of Long Beach Airport on YouTube.

“Our airport provides direct employment to more than 11,000 jobs and the regional impact of that airport is more than $8 billion,” he said. “That’s our Long Beach Airport.”

Past studies have found that Long Beach Airport has an even greater effect on employment in the greater region, providing as many as 43,000 direct and indirect jobs. They also found that the more than 400 businesses located in the Long Beach Airport Area Complex offer an average salary of $78,000, which is 50 percent higher than the Los Angeles County average. To learn more about the economic impact of Long Beach Airport, visit our economic impact report, here.

Later, the mayor spoke candidly about financial issues facing Long Beach in the coming years, but also pointed to many promising opportunities, including recent development surrounding Long Beach Airport.

“We are seeing positive signs already,” he said. “The Douglas Park development by the airport is moving forward. Mercedes and Hooman Toyota are opening new facilities and more potential investors are in discussion with the City every single day. The Douglas Park project alone is adding more than 1.4 million square feet of new commercial and industrial space, which has brought more than 3,000 new jobs to our city.”

The speech brought praise from many of the guests and elected officials in the audience, including 5th District Councilmember Stacy Rose Mungo, whose district includes Long Beach Airport. Her tweets (here and here) supported the mayor and his view on the positive role that LGB plays in the community.

Congratulations to Mayor Robert Garcia on a fantastic inaugural State of the City address. Go Long Beach!

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.