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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Long Beach Airport 2014 Fly-In a Huge Success!

Long Beach Airport recently hosted our 2014 Fly-In, a free community event featuring static displays of aircraft (i.e. on the ground for your viewing pleasure) on November 15.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter and a
Boeing C-17 were among the aircraft on display to the public

This year, LGB was lucky to have the renowned helicopter pilot, radio personality and television broadcaster, Commander Chuck Street, as Master of Ceremonies of the days festivities.

Commander Chuck Street with Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Interim
Airport Director Reggie Harrison, and Public Affairs Officer Kerry Gerot

Wilson High School's Drumline and Poly High School's Color Guard helped get the event underway, and Mrs. Long Beach spent the last day of her reign greeting local aviation enthusiasts in attendance.

Mrs. Long Beach, Brina Romero-MontaƱo, and "Earl Daugherty"
stand beside Big Panda, an Antonov AN-2

There were opportunity drawings throughout the day, with airport tenants and businesses donating prizes, and a JetBlue giveaway. Food trucks were on hand to feed the hungry crowd, and there were even pets available for adoption courtesy of Long Beach Animal Care Services. In addition, nearly 300 pounds of food was generously donated by attendees for a Food Finders food drive.

The response from the public was overwhelmingly positive, and LGB thanks our partners in the community that helped make the Fly-In such a tremendous success!

Some of the activity on LGB's airfield during the 2014 Fly-In

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Airport Joins Ready Long Beach

Long Beach Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), in partnership with the Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Airport and other city departments and disaster response agencies, participated together for the the first-ever READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo to help residents prepare for crises such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and acts of terrorism.

City of Long Beach, Deputy City Manager and Acting Airport Director, Reggie Harrison says a few words about the importance of safety and emergency preparedness.

The free public expo, on October 4 at Heartwell Park in Long Beach, featured emergency preparedness information/demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, a kid’s fun zone, food for purchase and emergency response vehicles. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport

At approximately 09:15 am on Thursday, Sept. 18, an outbound JetBlue flight from Long Beach Airport reported an engine problem and was rerouted back to Long Beach Airport for an emergency landing at 9:29 am. Evacuation slides were deployed and all 142 passengers deplaned safely along with five crew members.

Airport Operations followed all safety procedures, including closing the runway and associated taxiways. At approximately 11:15 am, two hours after the incident, the aircraft was cleared from the runway and commercial flights resumed at the airport, with some delays expected throughout the day. General aviation activity was not affected.

The Long Beach Fire Department treated three passengers at the scene, and transported one passenger to a local hospital.

The Jet Blue Airbus 320, Flight No. 1416, departed at 9:05 am and was heading to Austin, TX. JetBlue re-booked the passengers on a different flight so they could reach their destination.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

News Out of Daugherty Field's FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International's third Gulfstream G650 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A pilot's view of the Gulfstream G650 Simulator

"The FAA Level D qualification of FlightSafety's third Gulfstream G650 simulator clearly demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture the highest quality simulators," said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales. "This ensures they reflect the exact operating characteristics of the aircraft and provide pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants with current and relevant information."

Located at the Long Beach location, this is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive FAA Level D qualification. FS1000 simulators are designed to enhance training and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of FlightSafey's latest innovations in technology. They include the VITAL 1100 visual system, electronic motion cueing, and new Instructor Operating Station. The FS 1000 features tightly integrated computer hardware and software across subsystems which allows for more accurate and high fidelity simulation than found in other current and previous generation simulators.

FlightSafety International has also recently announced that Todd Bitgood has been promoted to Manager of its Learning Center at the Long Beach Airport location. He succeeds Pete Nily who has become a Regional Director of Training Operations. Congratulations to Todd and Pete for jobs well done!

FlightSafety Manager, Todd Bitgood

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace corporation for more than four decades. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories, including Long Beach.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Stories in the Concourse

M.L. Murray signs a book for a young reader.
On Thursday, August 7, author and veteran flight attendant M.L. Murray signed copies of her book, Plane Manners, at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The first in a series of children's books that teach good manners in any situation, Plane Manners is an illustrated story featuring travelling zoo animals. It teaches plane etiquette and safety to children and their parents. Throughout her book tour, Murray has visited at least 18 airports across the United States and has sold over 3,800 books.

Murray was initially motivated to write the book because she noticed that there was nothing published that addressed children and safety on airplanes. During flights, Murray has witnessed how rewarding it is when children and their families behave well; their polite attitudes and actions positively affect the rest of the passengers. "Good manners are contagious," said Murray.

Plane Manners ($14.95)
Murray began her career as a flight attendant at American Airlines in 1968. She worked for United Airlines and finished her career back at American. She is an involved member of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) and pledges to donate $1.00 from each book sold to AAI's efforts to assist victims of human trafficking.

Plane Manners ($14.95) is available at LGB, in Heritage bookstores, and in gift shops at 12 airports across the country. It will be available on Amazon in October. Learn more about the author, her book, and her upcoming projects here.

Eileen of LGB Public Affairs strikes a pose.
M.L. Murray loves her fans!  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fun Times at First Fridays

On Friday, August 1, Long Beach Airport (LGB) joined the fun in Bixby Knolls for First Fridays. According to their website, the mission of the event is "to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work." LGB provided free pens, doggy waste bags, and TSA-approved travel kits for passersby.

Performers including Hedgehog Swing, Hot Club, Jester McCool, and Taylor Crawford kept the music and good times rolling as people and their pets roamed the sidewalk. Street performers wowed the crowd and the Long Beach Trolley transported guests.

The monthly event occurs every first Friday of the month on Atlantic Ave. from Bixby Rd. to San Antonio Dr. Be sure to say hello to LGB at the next event on Friday, September 5 in front of the Historical Society of Long Beach!

Eileen Shock of LGB Public Affairs came prepared.

Hedgehog Swing provided retro tunes.

The Long Beach Trolley ran up and down Atlantic Ave.

Flying toward a Better Future

On Wednesday, July 30, animals from the Los Angeles area were flown from FliteServ at Long Beach Airport to shelters in the Pacific Northwest. Wings of Rescue, Shelter Me, and Bark Avenue Foundation partnered with shelters and animal control services from Los Angeles, Orange County, Lancaster, and Long Beach to transport 150 dogs and a few cats. Many of the dogs were small breeds that are popular in the Pacific Northwest and plentiful in Southern California.

"I would love the day when we never have to do a transport," said Steven Latham, founder of Shelter Me. A future free of animal transports would mean a animal population and ultimately less euthanasia, a practice employed by many shelters due to overcrowding.

According to Latham, it costs a mere $75 to transport each animal and 100% of the animals transported in the past have been adopted. For those who want to get involved but are unable to participate in transports, Latham advocates contacting local shelters. Other than adopting animals and volunteering, shelters typically are in need of newspapers, blankets, food, leashes, collars, and cleaning supplies.

Long Beach Airport was on hand to provide doggy bandanas for some of the puppy passengers and to wish them all a safe trip. The animals were transported on a charter plane. Those interested in donating for future transports can visit Fly Me Home.

Dottie and Steve love their new bandanas.
Wings of Rescue: saving the day, one animal at a time.
Volunteers loaded the precious cargo with care.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Celebrating the Second Sundays of Summer

On Sunday, July 13, Long Beach Airport (LGB) handed out goodies while interacting with the community at Second Sundays in the Village. The free event is held every month of the summer in Virginia Village on Long Beach Blvd between 53rd and 56th streets. Many locals were drawn to the event, which featured a variety of entertainment and vendors.

The entertainment included dancers and musicians from the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach and an open mic, where children sang songs from their favorite television shows and the ever-popular movie Frozen. Fellow vendors included the Aquarium of the Pacific, Covered California, Long Beach Water, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Long Beach Beekeepers, and the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force.

Dancers showed everyone how it's done.
A sunny summer day made for a great event.

Volunteers were at the ready to answer questions.

LGB passed out TSA-approved travel kits, doggy bandanas, and doggy waste bag dispensers.

Be sure to attend the next Second Sunday on August 10!

Welcome Back, UCI Anteaters!

On Thursday, June 19, Long Beach Airport (LGB) had the privilege of welcoming UC Irvine’s baseball team home from the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Anteaters arrived on a charter flight provided by Southwest Airlines in the early afternoon. The team was returning home after their loss to the Longhorns from University of Texas at Austin.

Despite the team’s loss the night before, LGB staff members were out in full force to welcome the Anteaters with pom poms and goodies.

The team was welcomed by the colors of their alma mater.

Eileen Shock of LGB Public Affairs greets the Anteaters.

Ride home safely, team!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Biking at the Beach: The 2014 Los Angeles River Ride

On Sunday, June 22, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) hosted the 14th annual Los Angeles River Ride. The event was hosted at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park and near the Aquarium of the Pacific at Shoreline Aquatic Park, where Long Beach Airport (LGB) staff and volunteers greeted the riders.
Baci loves her new LGB bandana!
The Los Angeles River Ride provides participants 10 different rides to choose from, ranging from a 100-mile ride to a 15-mile family ride. The event featured free food, music, and goodies provided by sponsors including LGB. LGB was on hand with chapstick, sunscreen, dog bandanas, and more.

Pilot Don Guichard and his wife, both avid bikers, came from Huntington Beach to enjoy the festivities. “Wherever your marriage is going, a tandem will take you there faster,” joked Guichard.

Grand Marshal Damian Kevitt and MC Dorothy Le pumped up participants and passersby. Taiwanese techno dancers and a bluegrass band provided opportunities for photos, singing, and dancing.
LACBC was founded in 1998 in order to build a more bikeable LA County.

Grand Marshal Damian Kevitt, three Miss Taiwanese Americans, and Taiwanese dancers strike a pose.

Cross Your Fingers of Long Beach croons to the crowd.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Still Truck'n Along: Truck'n Tuesday Celebrates its Anniversary

On Tuesday, June 17, Long Beach Airport (LGB) celebrated the one year anniversary of its monthly foodie frenzy, Truck’n Tuesday. Held on the third Tuesday of each month in LGB’s Cell Phone Waiting Lot, Truck’n Tuesday features a variety of food trucks to satisty everyone’s appetite.

The one year anniversary event featured Mexican-Korean fusion fare from MexiCalbi, cheesy delights from The Grilled Cheese Truck, French treats from Crepes Bonaparte, and frozen desserts from Shave It. Truck’n Tuesday consistently draws passersby and employees from LGB, the city, and surrounding businesses. Local employees observed that the quality of the food and the convenience of the location are unbeatable.

Thomas Gratopp, Tera Hurff, and David Rubi, students from Cal State Long Beach, attended the event to complete a school assignment. “We’re observing how food truck events function as a leisure activity,” said Hurff. Gratopp and Rubi agreed that the food was delicious.

Be sure to join us at our next Truck’n Tuesday, July 15!
Local employees love MexiCalbi.

Tented tables keep everyone cool during summer.

Long lines for The Grilled Cheese Truck!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dancing in the Streets (Nearly)

On Monday, June 16, the Long Beach community enjoyed an evening of food, dancing, and music during the Concert in the Park(ing) Lot.

The free event was held in the parking lot of Georgie’s Place, an American and Greek grill on Atlantic Avenue. Hedgehog Swing entertained the crowd with their signature gypsy jazz sounds as adults and children alike took to the makeshift dance floor on the pavement.

A beautiful sunset for a beautiful event.

Free LGB goodies are always a crowd-pleaser!

Hedgehog Swing playing tunes for the crowd.

Dancing the night away!

Have fun and support your local community and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association by attending the next Concert in the Park(ing Lot), July 28! Check their website for more information on upcoming Concerts in the Park(ing Lot).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Long Beach Pride Parade Experiences a Record Turnout

On May 18, the 31st annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade was held on Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach Airport (LGB) staff and volunteers helped to welcome thousands of members of the LGBTQ community and allies to the event, hosted by Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc.

Driving to the Pride Parade in style. Is there any other way?

LGB volunteers show their pride and support.
LGB’s parade float featured the palm trees, planes, and the musical stylings of DJ A-Ron. The celebration is the 3rd largest of its kind in the country and features performances, food, and fun for all.

Be sure to join us at next year’s event on May 16 and 17, 2015!

Be progressive! B-E progressive!

LGB's colorful, musical float