Thursday, August 2, 2018

Flying Neighborly

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is an economic asset and integral part of the city. Balancing the benefits of the airport while respecting the neighborhoods in the surrounding communities is one of LGB’s key goals. Long Beach Airport’s ‘Flying Neighborly’ program is a community partnership that strives to be responsive to noise concerns and develop ways to keep pilots flying safely and responsibly. With the help of community members and local helicopter pilots, eight videos were produced to help educate individuals on how to minimize the impact of helicopter noise. Individuals that played a part in the production of the ‘Flying Neighborly’ videos were recently recognized at the Airport Advisory Commission meeting. Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo thanked the individuals for their work with the 'Flying Neighborly' program. The educational helicopter videos are available on LGB's website. Flying Neighborly Videos

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Long Beach Airport Completes Runway Redesignation

After 66 years, Long Beach Airport (LGB) has redesignated two runways for the first time. The runways were redesignated to account for natural shifts in the earth’s magnetic field. Runway 7R-25L is now 8R-26L, and Runway 7L-25R is now 8L-26R. Runway numbers are based on magnetic headings, for example, the runways are known as 8-26 because they face 80 degrees on a compass in one direction and 260 degrees in the opposite direction. Since these are parallel runways at Long Beach Airport, they are marked appropriately as Left and Right. Pilots and air traffic controllers rely on navigational aids and flight procedures that are based on magnetic headings to find their takeoff and landing runways.

While the runways were closed, the crews at LGB worked for five consecutive nights in order to update pavement markings and electrical signage to reflect the new runway designations. Both of the runway names were changed on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 12.00 am. Although the runways have been redesignated, Runway 8R-26L remains closed for reconstruction to improve pilot safety and pavement conditions.Thanks to the airport operations and engineering teams, construction partners, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for helping with this momentous occasion.

Friday, May 4, 2018

CSULB Tours UPS Facility at LGB

Nestled away in a corner of the LGB complex is the bustling UPS cargo facility. Recently, students in the Master of Supply Chain Management program at California State University Long Beach enjoyed a tour of the UPS facility. Now, this wasn’t your average sightseeing experience--students were given valuable insight into the operation of a hub-and-spoke network! When students arrived at the facility they were greeted by a long-time UPS employee. The knowledge and skill needed to operate a successful transportation center as part of one the world’s largest airlines is learned through years of experience. Several employees at this facility have worked for UPS for over 40 years.

While touring the aircraft,their hosts briefed them on the importance of security and adherence to FAA regulatory guidelines. They shared insight into the complexities of the UPS operation, including: weight distribution, transporting hazardous material, and time sensitivity. Although this facility only has one flight a day, the work is continuous and the employees work diligently to meet their high standards. Special thanks to the UPS employees who were eager to share their experiences, and to CSULB professors Dr. Wade Martin and Dr. Tom O’Brien and Long Beach Airport Commissioner Phil Ramsdale for organizing this unique opportunity!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NBAA 'Pay it Foward' Tour visits Long Beach Airport

On February 6, Long Beach Poly High School students took part in the NBAA "Pay It Forward" Tour at Long Beach Airport (LGB). 
Students arrived outside the Signature Flight Support LGB where they were greeted by airport staff along with business aviation tenants and special guest Shaesta Waiz, who currently holds the record for the youngest woman to fly solo in a single-engine plane around the world at the age of 30. Waiz spoke with the students and encouraged them to keep an open mind when considering careers in aviation.
"I challenge you go out there, you may not know anything about aviation but so much of the world is connected to airplanes,” Waiz said. “As you go around and talk to people that are here to support you guys and share their careers, listen closely because I never thought I would be a pilot so anything is possible.”
LGB Director Jess Romo highlighted the importance of business aviation as it makes up 88 percent of the airport’s total operations. Romo hoped that this event would inspire some of the students to choose a career in aviation.
“It makes me very happy to see all of you here today,” said LGB Director Jess Romo. “Business Aviation is an important part of what Long Beach Airport is about and with dedication and hard work, you too can be a part of this great aviation industry.”
The students were split up into groups and attended six different stations with representatives from Long Beach Airport, SoCal Jet Services, Island Express, Signature Flight Support, Pacific Air and Skechers where they learned more about LGB and business aviation. 
Shaesta Waiz taking a selfie with the students as they arrived

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Long Beach Airport (LGB) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the renovations to Parking Structure A in time for the busy holiday travel season. The improvements to the parking structure, located nearest to the Historic Terminal, are meant to complement the easy travel experience for all LGB visitors.

“This project is a part of a larger vision of ensuring that the Long Beach Airport remains a world-class airport for ease and efficiency for residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Parking Structure A closed January 7, 2017 in preparation for renovations. The improvements to the structure allow for improved pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow, and consist of:

New dual-cab elevator tower with glass windows overlooking the Historic Terminal and LGB airfield.
New outdoor metal stairwell adjacent to the elevator tower.
New dual-lane passenger vehicle exit.
Implementation of Airport wayfinding sign programs.
Significant aesthetic improvements, including interior and exterior painting and landscaping areas surrounding the structure.
The replacement of over 240 High Pressured Sodium (HPS) fixtures with new energy efficient LED lighting, providing superior illumination that promotes safety and security.
Restriping throughout the Parking Structure.
The addition of 80 Clean Air Vehicle parking spaces as required per California Green Building Standards Code.

“Long Beach is beaming with pride today,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “The improvements to the parking structure not only offer accessibility and safety for travelers, but truly complement our award-winning facility.”

The parking structure provides more than 1,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the terminal. The parking structure renovation project was awarded to R.J. Daum Construction Company. The total cost of construction was $5 million.

“Long Beach Airport strives to provide a first-class experience for all,” said Airport Director Jess Romo. “The renovations to Parking Structure A will enhance the travel experience by providing greater accessibility just steps away from the terminal.”

Self-parking is available in Parking Structures A and B at the rate of $2 per hour, with a maximum of $19 per day in Parking Structure A and $17 in Parking Structure B. For general parking information, contact ABM Parking Services at (562) 377-6116.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Long Beach Airport Security Employee Recognized for Exceptional Work

Officer Gerry Wooldridge

For September 2017, Long Beach Airport would like to recognize an employee who has always gone above and beyond the call of duty. Airport Peace Officer, Gerry Wooldridge, began working at the Airport in 2004 after completing the Long Beach Reserve Academy.

Ready to work!

It is not uncommon to have Officer Wooldridge volunteer for a special project or assignment.  He is continually looking for ways to make himself a more well-rounded employee.  Late last year, Officer Wooldridge accepted a Special Assignment in the access control office.  The need was sparked due to some major personnel changes within the Safety and Security Division.  Officer Wooldridge knew accepting this assignment would dramatically change his work schedule, yet he did so without hesitation.  Officer Wooldridge found himself learning a host of new systems and processes, while being expected to perform at a level in which the Badging Office has become accustomed to.  With his feet barely wet, the Badging Office was forced to make the decision to perform a rebadge of the entire SIDA population, with the Sterile Area and AOA on the horizon as well.  To assist the rebadge process go as smooth as possible, Officer Wooldridge volunteered to come in between 0200 and 0300 (5-6 hours before the office opened) to do nothing more than print badges so as to better prepare the office for the day ahead.  Officer Wooldridge also took on an unexpected expense in the form of child care, allowing him to be as fully available as possible.

Officer Wooldridge cheering up a young traveler

While Officer Wooldridge was doing all this, he continuously kept the positive attitude that he has been known for, always offering a smile and the customer service level our tenants have come to expect.  Officer Wooldridge’s assignment in the Badging office concluded just a few months ago, and he is already asking what he can do next to better set up the Safety and Security Division for success.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Reminiscing on LGB During WWII

On September 2, 1945, World War II officially came to an end. For the United States to emerge victorious as it did, it required involvement from all corners of the nation. Long Beach Airport (LGB), known then as Daugherty Field, was a key contributor as it was home to airfields operated by the U.S. military as well as the Douglas Aircraft manufacturing plant. These accommodations allowed the airport to play a crucial role in the war effort.

Daugherty Field was home to both the Army and Navy during WWII

Long Beach Airport was geographically strategic during WWII due to its proximity to the coast. Expanded to 500 acres prior to the war, the airfield was given to the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) at the airport was committed to servicing carrier borne aircraft as well as patrol planes. Meanwhile, the Army Air Corps occupied the remaining aviation facilities and established a training base.

Among the pilots stationed in Long Beach was aviation icon Barbara London. The only woman in WWII to be awarded the distinguished Air Medal, London was stationed at the Long Beach Army Airfield and commanded a squadron of 18 woman pilots under the Army’s Air Transport Command Ferrying Division.

The war saw immense manufacturing take place at Long Beach Airport. Meeting President Roosevelt’s earlier call for the U.S. to be the “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Douglas Aircraft facility got to work almost immediately after Pearl Harbor. It would go on to deliver 4300 C-47’s, building one every three hours, in addition to 2200 A-20’s and A-26’s as well as 3000 B-17’s.

This wartime production was not possible without the involvement of women. Rosie the Riveter was a considerable presence at Douglas, where women made up 50 percent of the workforce. They proved women were more than capable of working outside the home, an idea previously implausible in American culture.

Barbara London joined the Air Force Reserve following the war

Long Beach Airport returned to its commercial functions following the war. However, the wartime operations would leave its impact. Barbara London would go on to become a Major in the U.S. Air Force, continuing to inspire women to pursue aviation. The site adjacent to the former Douglas plant is now Rosie the Riveter Park, named in honor of the women who worked there. As for the airport itself, it remains a manufacturing and development site for various aircraft companies.