Monday, October 28, 2013

Wings, Wheels and Rotors 2013

Erika informs an event attendee about the anniversary celebration

Helicopter fly by
LGB was out in full force at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Sunday, October 27 for the annual Wings, Wheels, and Rotors Expo. Wings, Wheels and Rotors is a great community event that features almost all things aviation so, naturally, LGB was there.

With aircraft all around, it was hard to miss something exciting. From helicopter and plane rides to paratrooper drops, everyone tried to get in on some of the fun. LGB was handing out TSA kits, pens, tote bags, squeeze planes, sunscreen and lip balm. We were happy to share some goodies with the attendees and were also glad to talk to them about our 90th Anniversary Fly-In event.

The Fly-In is on Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will have aircraft on display with guests as well as food. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate and invite all those who enjoy aviation.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Chance Meeting with Patrick Mohr

Patrick Mohr explaining the meaning of each panel
Cleaning the mosaic
Patrick Mohr, a Long Beach native and Wilson High School graduate, stopped by LGB earlier this Summer to give the mosaic he created "Bay of Smokes" a little TLC.

Created in 1986, "Bay of Smokes depicts several different eras throughout the history of Long Beach.  "Bay of Smokes" derives its title from an explorer name Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo in the 1500s, who observed smoke signals rising from atop the hill (now known as Signal Hill).

There are six panels that come together to form this mosaic. Panel 1 (photo below from left to right) represents native Chumash pictographic and painted images, that were once common in caves and rocks in Southern California. Panel 2 is a facsimile of the first map of San Pedro Bay made by the 1602 Don Sebastian Viscaino Expedition. Panel 3 shows the San Gabriel River system as it appeared in 1888. Panel 4 is a cross-section of the geographical stratification of Signal Hill showing the Inglewood Fault and Petroleum deposits. Panel 5 is late 18th and 19th century brands for livestock used by the local Manuel Nieto family on their land grant. Finally, panel 6 is an image of a DC3 airplane produced by Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach.

"Bay of Smokes" by Patrick Mohr

Mohr currently works at the Savannah School of Art at Savannah College of Art & Design and calls himself the carpetbagger of the Southeast . Mohr cleans his work sporadically and LGB appreciates the time he takes and the piece itself.

Located on the south side of the historic terminal, the Bay of Smokes, may be viewed by any person who visits Long Beach Airport.

Monday, October 21, 2013

LGB Honors One of its First Helicopter Mechanics

Presentation of challenge coin
Bernard with his gifts
LGB had the honor of welcoming one of Los Angeles County Fire Departments first helicopter mechanics. Staff welcomed Bernard Rollinger in June when he came for an airport tour. Long Beach Airport's local TSA representative, Chris Tiampo,  presented Bernard with a challenge coin.

A challenge coin is presented to individuals as a sign of membership and has also been used in certain instances to boost moral and is also presented by the unit commander. Earlier this year, Bernard lost his wife Frances and LGB and TSA staff were glad to be able to bring Bernard a small amount of happiness in a period of mourning.

Bernard worked on the Bell 204B and Bell Model 47G helicopters. The 204B was the commercial counterpart of the famed UH-1B military ships. Jet powered with a capacity of 11 persons and a cargo capacity of 3,000 pounds.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sacred Dancers of Angkor Land at LGB

Welcome to Long Beach!
Councilman Andrews with guests
Councilman Dee Andrews and staff welcomed a group of Cambodian dancers lauded as "highly talented and spiritual" by the king of Cambodia. The dancers landed at LGB on Thursday, Oct. 10. The Sacred Dancers of Angkor is a group of 30 students (ages 12-19) and six teachers who will perform a special blessing in Cambodia Town and a Buong Suong on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Young boy carries his equipment happy to have arrived
As passengers deplaned, city staff waited in anticipation for the dancers. Only after all of the passengers deplaned did the group gather its belongings and filed out to a reception line. They were greeted and thanked for their visit to Long Beach. The group was very gracious and almost in awe at the reception it received, which in turn was reflected in the staffs reaction.

After claiming their luggage the dancers were again greeted by Councilman Andrews and staff who were waiting for them with gift bags provided by LGB. Gift bags included TSA fluid kits, lip balm, a flashlight and an I <3 LB button. The group was all smiles and excited to be on the last stop of its tour and were also excited at the opportunity to see the ocean for the first time. LGB is proud to be able to offer services to a diverse group of passengers and looks forward to being able to continually support groups and communities like the Sacred Dancers of Angkor with convenience in travel. The group came all the way from Cambodia and has preformed in various cities including: New York City, Washington DC, Boston and finally Long Beach.
Councilman Andrews hands a young woman an LGB gift bag

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Testing a Boeing C-17

C-17 Landing at LGB
A Boeing C-17 headed for the Indian Air Force ran tests around noon on Oct. 7 at LGB. This C-17 is a group of seven that will be delivered to India.

Created in the late in the Cold War around the 1980s, the C-17 has become a military workhorse and is known for its ability to land and take off from short airfields and clocking more than 2.6 million flying hours in various peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.

Hawk in flight
As LGB staff took photos, some other visitors tried to steal the show in the distance. Hawks were hunting prey, but in the end it was the C-17 that captured our eye and we were glad that we were able to look on, especially as Boeing readies itself to stop production of the military cargo planes at its Long Beach facility in 2015.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

LGB Gets Neighborly at Seventh Annual Good Neighbor Festival and Picnic

Listening to feedback
LGB Beach balls were a big hit with the kids
LGB staff had the opportunity to get to know our neighbors on Saturday, September 28, at the Seventh Annual Good Neighbor Festival and Picnic, which included music, games and food.

In order to interact with the community we asked festival goers to "like" us on Facebook. Long Beach Airport's Facebook and Twitter accounts are a valuable resource for airport news, noise updates and to get feedback from the public. Additionally, we have added "like" and "follow" buttons in the top right corner of our blog to keep you continually updated.

Staff and volunteers handed out bubbles, beach balls, tote bags, doggie bandanas and animal waste bags. While talking to the community the Airport received great feedback on the concourse remodel. One man said he flies out of LGB almost exclusively because of how convenient it is.

This pet owner is ready to go with poop bags courtesy of LGB
The Good Neighbor Festival and Picnic is a project that Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, of the 5th District, has overseen for the past seven years and showcases a variety of participants who believe in the community and what it can be when we work together.