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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cosmic Girl Homecoming Flight


           Cosmic Girl, the Boeing 747-400 that will serve as an aerial launch pad for space company Virgin Orbit, will be unveiled at a private event on July 31 at Ross Aviation at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The aircraft will touch down this afternoon and be parked at LGB. The noise levels associated with this operation will be slightly louder than those generated by aircraft that typically operate at Long Beach Airport. 

Virgin Orbit

Formerly a commercial airliner, Cosmic Girl was purchased in 2015 by Virgin Orbit for its LauncherOne program. The aircraft was housed at an out-of-state facility for modification, but will be parked at LGB when not in use. Cosmic Girl is piloted by Air Force veteran Kelly Latimer and co-pilot Richard Nelson.

Virgin Orbit is a new commercial space company that specializes in launching small satellites. Its LauncherOne program based in Long Beach in the Douglas Park complex since 2015, looks to produce flexible, responsive low-cost launch services to meet increased demand over the coming years. Launches will occur in the Mojave Air and Space Port and are projected to start in the first half of 2018. The Long Beach Airport Aviation Area Complex has long been a center of development for the aviation industry, and is proud to be the home of the innovative Virgin Orbit.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Long Beach Airport Operations Employee Recognized for Outstanding Work

For February 2017, Long Beach Airport would like to recognize an employee who has gone above and beyond his day-to-day duties. Welton Trang began working at Long Beach Airport (LGB) in a non-career role in 2014 and is now a valuable full-time employee in the Operations department.

He is currently putting his IT and computer skills to use as he develops the airport’s SharePoint website; the project began as an Operations-only page, but after interest from others, the project became multi-departmental and Trang is happy to take on the challenge. Trang has also played a key role in multiple incidents involving disabled aircraft, helping to move the aircraft off of the runway so that commercial service and general aviation could resume.

Trang puts his skills to use to help everyone he meets. From supporting the Airport’s Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) at food fundraisers to putting his photography skills to use for the Public Affairs department, he has consistently gone above and beyond to help other employees. Most recently, he created a slideshow highlighting the ERC’s 2016 Holiday Party.

Trang is currently representing LGB at the 57th annual Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE) Winter Conference in Monterey, CA.