Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Spirit Arrives at Long Beach Airport

Holiday displays cast a festive mood over Long Beach Airport. #MerryLGB
The holiday season is here, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) is feeling the spirit. Our holiday displays, which include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, will be arranged in the Meeter Greeter Plaza, which does not require a boarding pass to access. Lights and a wreath will adorn the historic main terminal.

Our concessions partner, The Paradies Shops, is also spreading good cheer through LGB during this festive season:

  • Beginning November 30, limited-time coffee flavors including peppermint mocha, salted caramel mocha and gingerbread latte will be available in the passenger concourse.
  • Also, the Treat Our Troops program offers one free entrĂ©e and beverage for current and past active duty service men and women with show of military I.D., and will run from Thanksgiving to January 1. For more information on the Treat Our Troops program, click here.

The arrival of the holidays means that air travel is increasing sharply as travelers seek to spend time with friends and family. That means that airports are very busy places, and while Long Beach Airport typically avoids the gridlock and huge crowds that are common elsewhere, there are still many ways to help make your visit to LGB a more easygoing, first-class experience.
  • Plan to arrive at Long Beach Airport at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave.
  • Click here to familiarize yourself with the TSA guidelines on liquids, prohibited items and more.
  • LGB has many dedicated, friendly peace and law enforcement and peace officers on hand who are always willing to help. Remember: "If you see something, say something."
  • Our partner JetBlue Airways just this week released a fun instructional video about making the security line easier for everyone. Watch it at the bottom of this page.
  • If you'd like to share any photos of the decorations on social media during your visit, use the hashtag #MerryLGB to be featured on our accounts.
Parking is available at Lot A, nearest the historic main terminal, for $19 per day and nearby in Lot B for $17 per day. The hourly rate for both garages is $2 per day and Blink electric vehicle charging stations are available in Lot B. Valet parking is available for $24 per day and includes a free car wash. For those who are picking up arriving passengers, parking is free for one hour in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot on the northeast corner of Lakewood Blvd. and Wardlow Road.

Friday, November 20, 2015

LGB Fly-In '15 Brings Community Together at LB Airport

The P-51D Mustang leads a pair of WWII-era trainers.
Aviation enthusiasts and neighborhood families filled Taxiway B earlier this month, as Long Beach Airport (LGB) held the third annual LGB Fly-In with more than 30 impressive aircraft on display. Longtime radio personality and helicopter pilot Commander Chuck Street served as emcee of the event, and Long Beach 5th District City Councilwoman Stacy Mungo welcomed the crowd with opening remarks. City Manager Pat West even arrived on his bicycle to enjoy the warm day at the airfield.

The "Snoopy Two" blimp waves goodbye to close the event.
With a crowd of about 2,000 attendees, people lined up to purchase helicopter rides, and beaming children were invited to climb inside aircraft of all shapes and sizes. The MetLife “Snoopy Two” blimp even hovered low over the Fly-In for a close encounter with the crowd, before speeding off to its next destination.

The LGB Fly-In attracts a unique array of aircraft every year, and many notable attractions captured the hearts of visitors. Stunt planes, experimental planes and other general aviation aircraft made up one side of the static display, alongside huge business jets and a wide variety of historical aircraft. This assemblage showed the diversity that makes Long Beach Airport an aviation experience like no other.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet makes its arrival to the Fly-In.
The biggest draws included two all-stars of the sky: A P-51 Mustang (top picture) and an F/A-18 Super Hornet. Pilots from the U.S. Marine Corps were happy to answer questions about the F/A-18, and even performed a fly-over as the static display prepared to open. Crowds of admirers young and old swarmed these storied fighters from the beginning.

Long Beach Animal Care Services helped rescued pets find new homes, and the USDA displayed several birds of prey that had been rescued from the airfield. Food Finders collected non-perishable food items for their annual holiday drive, and attendees enjoyed the wide selection of food trucks on hand, and refreshments at the Paradies Fly-In Festival beer garden. Proceeds from the Fly-In Festival benefited local nonprofits Miller Children's Long Beach Auxiliary and Leadership Long Beach.

A volunteer serves up a cold drink at the Paradies Fly-In Festival.

Several Long Beach Airport FBOs and other business partners participated in the Fly-In and helped make it a fantastic event, from Anthelion Helicopters, Angel City Flyers and Tom's Aircraft to Pacific Jet Center and Aeroplex/Aerolease at Signature Flight Support. The LGB Fly-In '15 was an unforgettable experience with their help and support.

An elevated view of the static display and attendees on Taxiway B.

The Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II was one of the biggest draws.

A Marine Corps pilot helps a future pilot into his vest.

A commercial flight soars over the Champion Super Decathlon and others.

Presentation of our nation's colors to begin the show.

Anthelion Helicopters takes another happy group to the skies.

The unique look of the Diamond DA42 Twin Star from Angel City Flyers.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Industry Conference Brings Nearly 2,000 Airport Insiders to Long Beach

ACI-NA CEO & President Kevin Burke, LGB Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M. and ACI-NA Chair James Cherry cut the ribbon, officially opening the conference.
An estimated 2,000 people attended the 2015 Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Annual Conference & Exhibition from October 4-7 at the Long Beach Convention Center, a fantastic turnout for the event that brings together representatives from more than 200 airports across the U.S. and Canada. Long Beach Airport is among the smallest airports to host the distinguished conference in its 67-year history.

Special touches gave ACI-NA a unique, Long Beach feel.
Participants were treated to sessions discussing business, safety and security, environmental matters and other issues that are affecting airports that belong to ACI-NA. They also heard speeches from Congressman Alan Lowenthal, ACI-NA President & CEO Kevin Burke and Airport Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M.

The conference was held downtown at the Long Beach Convention Center, and guests filled nearby hotel rooms and restaurants. The combination of incredible weather at the beach, the glamour of downtown and the welcoming atmosphere gave every attendee a warm and unique visiting experience.

In addition to four days of sessions and an active exhibition on the convention center floor, Long Beach Airport also provided an exclusive private tour for many ACI-NA attendees that took them behind the scenes at AirFlite, Gulfstream Aerospace and the north passenger concourse, with breakfast provided by Paradies. Long Beach Airport would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers, partners and City entities that helped make the 2015 ACI-NA conference an unforgettable experience for all.

Long Beach Airport is honored to have hosted the 2015 ACI-NA conference and would happily welcome its return.

The perimeter tour took visitors around the airfield, apron and concourses.

Acting Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Montuya-Morisky points out local eateries to the group.

Thanks to the ACI-NA attendees and guides that joined our behind-the-scenes tour!

Friday, September 4, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Activity Scheduled Over Labor Day Weekend

On Monday, September 7, several U.S. Marine Corps aircraft will be arriving at Long Beach Airport to conduct training operations.

In addition, the F/A 18 aircraft that have been conducting training here are tentatively scheduled to depart on Monday at 4:00 p.m. If you’d like to meet the pilots before they leave, they are hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, September 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Signature Flight Support at Aeroplex/Aerolease, 3333 East Spring Street.

These aircraft are noticeably louder than other aircraft and are easily heard in neighborhoods near Long Beach Airport.The aircraft will utilize noise abatement procedures when operating in the vicinity of Long Beach, including modified arrival and departure flight profiles and minimum use of afterburners.

Friday, July 31, 2015

$54K Noise Violation Settlement Will Fund Local Events

Funds totaling $54,000 from a recent settlement with a charter airline will go toward community events for residents that live within the flight path, a local non-profit has said.

The fine will be paid to the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF), a non-profit that provides funds and assistance to charitable organizations throughout the city.

“Most likely it will be something that’s already happening that we can contribute to, rather than do something that’s completely new and different,” said Marcelle Epley, President & CEO of LBCF. Epley also said she expects the funds to go toward an event that occurs before the end of 2015.

Kalitta Airlines, a Michigan-based charter airline with a long history of operating out of Long Beach Airport, agreed to the settlement after pleading guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of violating the Noise Ordinance between June 2014 and March 2015. The Long Beach prosecutor’s office brought 13 charges against Kalitta in April, but the airline provided proof that one of the violations was chartered by the military and therefore exempt. Since they were notified of this case in April, the airline has not violated the Noise Ordinance.

“This agreement will help protect the community from excessive airport noise, while at the same time saving taxpayers the expense of a jury trial,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “The company has taken responsibility for the violations. I believe Kalitta will take appropriate steps to avoid these kinds of operations in the future.”

All operators at Long Beach Airport are informed of the Noise Ordinance rules, which include a range of noise decibel levels ranging from 102.5 decibels during the day to 79 decibels at night. Each violation incurred a $4,500 fine, adding up to the $54,000 total.

Long Beach Airport has entered into similar consent decrees in the past, with business partners such as Komar Aviation, JetBlue Airways and American Airlines, Inc. for their respective violations. The consent decree with Kalitta requires that the airline not violate the Noise Ordinance again for the next twelve months, or else incur a fine of $6,000 per violation. Kalitta could also have its permission to use the airport revoked by the Airport Manager.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Disposal Bins Placed at LGB After Fruit Fly Quarantine

Disposal bins have been placed at several locations inside Long Beach Airport recently, in response to an 80-square mile quarantine that includes LGB and large portions of Long Beach. Passengers will not be allowed to travel with fruits and vegetables that were homegrown within the quarantine zone, and the USDA asks that they use these new bins to dispose of them before boarding their flight.

The quarantine is for the Guava Fruit Fly, which has been discovered within the quarantine zone and can pose a hazard to vital local crops. The quarantine zone also includes portions of Lynwood, Downey, Norwalk, Paramount, Compton, Artesia, Lakewood and Hawaiian Gardens. In the past, Guava Fruit Flies caused extensive damage to crops in Pakistan, India and Thailand. They were first discovered in this region when they surfaced in Orange County in 1986, and have been identified sporadically since.

State officials discovered six male Guava Fruit Flies within the quarantine zone back in mid-May, and quickly outlined a plan to eradicate them from the area. Originating in southern Asia, the Guava Fruit Fly lays its eggs in fruits and vegetables, quickly rendering them inedible. Crops most at risk include guava, peach, cherry, citrus and melons. They can also be found in apples, bananas, cherries, papaya, plums and others.

As a result, fruits and vegetables that were grown within the quarantine zone will not be permitted through the Security checkpoint. Please be sure to dispose of locally-grown fruits and vegetables in the marked bins, and help us ensure that these insects do not spread to other locations.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Work Zone: Stay Alert For Detours During Construction

New construction on the airfield at Long Beach Airport began this week, necessitating a new perimeter road route. This new route is directly adjacent to an active taxiway, narrowing the space that taxiing pilots may be accustomed to. As a result, pilots and drivers alike will need to exercise extreme caution, and should have full understanding of the temporary boundaries until construction in this area is completed in about five months.

This construction, the fourth phase of a six-phase project, began last Wednesday evening. The project area is directly south of Taxiway F and west of Runway 16R-34L, and involves four construction zones that are each located on the usual perimeter road. These construction zones will be barricaded, in order to direct automobiles onto the temporary perimeter road – which is located north of the original perimeter road and parallel to Taxiway F.

Aircraft will continue to use Taxiway F during this time, and it has been narrowed to accommodate the temporary perimeter road. For this reason, please be alert and attentive when traveling on either the taxiway or the road.

Phase four of the project will be completed in approximately 5-6 weeks, followed by Phases five and six, which will each take about 5-6 weeks to complete, as well.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

F/A-18 Pilot Meet & Greet Draws Hundreds to LGB

A very special holiday treat rolled into Long Beach Airport, as hundreds of people gathered for an up-close look at the flock of U.S. Marines F/A-18 aircraft stationed here over the Memorial Day weekend.

The event was hosted on the ramp at Signature Flight Support LGB, which provides space and services to the military during their time here. Those in attendance could walk right up to the jets as they rested between training exercises, and even had an opportunity to speak with the pilots. Airport personnel estimate that nearly 500 people of all ages came to the meet and greet.

Training exercises began last Thursday, lasted through the weekend and will wrap up today. Thankfully, the Marines were able to carve out a few hours of time to welcome the community on Saturday afternoon, and even with short notice the response was fantastic. There could be no better way to show appreciation for our servicemen and women this Memorial Day.

Special thanks to Signature for graciously hosting the event, the Marines for taking the time out of their busy schedules, and the community for making it all possible. Until next time!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Long Beach Airport to Host F/A-18 Military Jets Over Holiday Weekend

This upcoming Memorial Day weekend will feature some familiar sights and sounds of the United States military, thanks to the arrival of several U.S. Marine Corps jets that will conduct operations from Long Beach Airport (LGB) over several days.

Between four and six F/A-18 aircraft will fly into LGB on Thursday morning, and stay in town until Tuesday morning. The aircraft will depart each morning between 9:00-10:00am, and return in the late afternoon. One of the most widely used U.S. aircraft in combat situations, the F/A-18 Hornet is a crowd-pleaser. Its arrival at LGB is often met with crowds of aviation fans and "spotters" who line nearby parking lots for a close look.

The Marine Corps has consistently demonstrated a desire to assist Long Beach Airport in being a good neighbor, and voluntarily suggested that they limit the number of arrivals and departures to/from LGB. Daily training and refueling operations will be conducted at remote airfields.

F/A-18 aircraft are noticeably louder than other aircraft and are easily heard in neighborhoods near Long Beach Airport. The aircraft will utilize noise abatement procedures when operating in the vicinity of Long Beach. These procedures include modified arrival and departure flight profiles and minimum use of afterburners.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Long Beach Airport Flies Into 2015 Pride Parade

More than fifty people joined the Long Beach Airport (LGB) delegation at the 2015 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade over the weekend, to celebrate with tens of thousands of people lining Ocean Blvd. for miles along the scenic coast.

Airport employees, and their friends and families, climbed onto a balloon-filled float or airplane-themed golf cart, or simply walked along the route, waving and reveling with the electric crowd. Every participant sported a powder blue t-shirt with the LGB logo on the front, and this year’s Pride slogan – “Color Our World With Pride” – emblazoned across the back. They also passed out LGB pom-poms as people danced in the streets, waved from balconies and partied on rooftops.

This was also the first Pride Parade attended by Airport Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M., after he arrived at the helm in January, and he reported that he had a great time. Special thanks goes also to our dedicated team of volunteers, who made our participation possible. LGB would also like to thank the No Toro food truck team for joining us.

See you at Pride 2016!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Restoration Work Begins On Historic Tile Mosaics at LGB

Made up of over 2.6 million tiles, the award-winning floor mosaics in the Long Beach Airport historic terminal have welcomed passengers for more than seven decades, and today, engineers are carefully hand-laying replacement tiles to renovate damaged areas.

Because the Long Beach Airport historic terminal has been deemed a Cultural Heritage Landmark, any proposed renovations must pass stringent requirements before work can begin. In preparation for this arduous project, Long Beach Airport consulted with the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission to establish a protocol for restoration. Because the original tiles are now exceedingly rare, our engineers spent six months consulting with art preservationists. Over 23 different colors were used in the original work, and experts worked diligently to match the rare tiles as closely as possible.

The restoration is an intricate process. Workers begin by cleaning the ceramic tiles to prepare the work area, and then use hand tools to remove the existing grout, while taking care not to damage adjacent tiles. The damaged tiles can then be removed, and replaced by newer tiles. In some work spaces, tiles will be meticulously cut, and the new tiles will be handset, piece by piece.

With over seven decades of wear-and-tear, the mosaics have endured the weight of tens of millions of travelers. Since the 2012 removal of carpet in the terminal, another three million passengers annually have crossed through Long Beach Airport’s historic terminal.

After all the foot traffic—and rolling bags—over the tiles, the restoration will refresh the decorative mosaic floor. During this time, some areas will be cordoned off to allow the new tiles to set.

Finished in 1941 by California artist Grace Clements, the mosaics belong to a rich fabric of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal history. To help support struggling artists in the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration hired artists like Clements, and architects W. Horace Austin and Kenneth Wing, Sr. as a part of the United States Government’s Federal Art Project.

The mosaics highlight the economic drivers of Long Beach in the 1940s—aviation, oil, and communications—that awoke a sleepy beach town and birthed a thriving urban waterfront. The pieces—on the first and second floor of the main terminal—celebrate classic Streamline Moderne design and emphasize the nation’s industrial resources as the country emerged from the Great Depression and prepared to enter World War II.

The mosaics continue to reflect the importance of industry to Long Beach’s success.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Airport Drill Will Put Emergency Response to the Test

Airport staff and security will be on high alert in the late hours of Friday, April 24, even though no planes will be scheduled to arrive or depart at that time.
That’s because the LGB Air Ex 2015 Triennial drill, held every three years to adhere to FAA requirements, will take place. The drill simulates an emergency situation and puts all levels of airport response to the test. It is vital training that provides real experience to the airport first responders.
“It allows us to exercise our mass casualty incident policies and procedures, and take our personnel and run them through a large scale exercise,” said LBFD Battalion Chief James Underwood. “We are in a position to execute some of our plans and evaluate them.”
The Triennial involves multiple agencies, and is evaluated by the FAA. Hundreds of volunteers will be on hand to play many different roles that staff are likely to come into contact with in the event of a real situation.
The last time that Long Beach Airport hosted the drill was in 2012, when the daytime simulation involved a large aircraft with 95 souls aboard crashing into a small aircraft with four others aboard. Back in 2009, the drill occurred at night, and simulated a 6.4-magnitude earthquake less than two miles away.
The Triennial is also important because it brings many players together all at once.
“You’re going to interact with so many different agencies, and it helps you put a face to names,” said Karl Zittel, Superintendent of Airport Operations.
“We also can fine tune our emergency plan if we see items that need improvement, and update with the FAA to make sure that the plan is reflective of the lessons learned.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Huge Turnout "Runs The Runway" To Reopen 7L-25R at Long Beach Airport

It had been 22 years since the public was invited onto a runway at Long Beach Airport, and they certainly made the most of the opportunity. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,400 people attended a “Run The Runway” event at LGB to welcome the reopening of Runway 7L-25R and participate in a one-mile fun run.

Some participants ran like the wind and completed the mile in just around six minutes. Most people, however, took their time and enjoyed the sights and sounds of being on a runway while flights continued to operate around other areas of the airport. After all, there was a lot to see. Long Beach Fire Department Station 16 brought their emergency truck, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department brought a helicopter, Catalina Flying Boats brought their historic DC-3 and several small general aviation aircraft were also on display. If there was ever an event to inspire a future generation of pilots, it was Run the Runway at LGB.

Local elected officials also turned out to celebrate the event. Long Beach City Councilmembers included Al Austin, Roberto Uranga and Stacy Mungo. Lakewood Mayor Jeff Wood also attended, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of 25R. The most coveted job of all, though, went to Long Beach Airport Director Bryant L. Francis, who waved a giant orange-checkered flag to mark the official start of the fun run.

If that wasn’t enough, local favorites MOVE brought the jams with performances before and after the run. Meanwhile, the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck offered delicious artisan treats. It was truly an all-encompassing event, made even better thanks to the enormous crowd and their excitement and enthusiasm.

Runway 7L-25R will officially open for aviation activity on April 17 as the secondary runway for commercial flights, and will handle a large portion of our general aviation activity.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Long Beach Airport Set to Star on Small Screen

Long Beach Airport Director Bryant L. Francis and Mayor Robert Garcia discuss a commitment to sustainability with Things Green host Nick Federoff.

Film crews and television stars are familiar sights in Long Beach, and recently, the airport itself has had plenty of chances for a starring role. Two different programs have visited in the last few weeks, and before long you may be able to spot LGB from the comfort of your living room couch.

Set design for Criminal Minds taping.
The first to visit was Criminal Minds, the popular CBS thriller about staying one step ahead of the bad guys. The producers needed a scene set in an airport, with very specific requests. So set designers actually transformed the baggage claim area outside of the main terminal, from Long Beach Airport to another country entirely. Passengers that were arriving and departing may have been a little confused to see signs that said “Welcome to Barbados” and “Bridgetown International Airport” hanging all around. Several enormous plants and trees were brought in for a more tropical feel. Cast members like Shemar Moore were very gracious and posed for several pictures with fans. The episode is expected to air later this year.

Only a week later, Long Beach Airport welcomed another film crew for an entirely different kind of shoot. This time, PBS visited in order to film an episode of the new show Things Green With Nick Federoff, set to launch its first season in late summer. Federoff has hosted radio shows for decades that focus on gardening and green living, so LGB was thrilled to show him a wide variety of environmentally friendly aspects of the airport. He toured the concourse, main terminal and even the airfield itself to get a glimpse of how beauty and sustainability come together to create a truly unique flying experience. We also welcomed the Long Beach Press-Telegram, who published an article about the filming, which you can read here. Federoff even spoke with Airport Director Bryant L. Francis and Mayor Robert Garcia, and we can’t wait to see them all when the episode premieres on August 22, at 9:00am on KLCS.

Nick Federoff tours the LGB airfield during taping of his KLCS show, Things Green,

Tropical plants arrive for set design during taping of Criminal Minds.