Thursday, November 17, 2016

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight Proves Itself a Sky High Success

On Saturday, November 5, nearly 5,000 people attended Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) fourth annual Festival of Flight on the west side of the airfield. Despite early morning fog, this year’s event proved to be bigger and better than before due to the efforts of Airport personnel and Councilwoman Stacy Mungo of the 5th District.

Councilwoman Mungo, Airport Director Romo, and Commander Chuck Street take the stage.
Formerly known as the Fly-In, the biggest event of its kind in the Long Beach area brought together families and people of all ages. The Festival’s Veteran’s Day theme was made evident during the opening ceremonies; members of the military presented the colors, the National Anthem was performed, and speakers including Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Airport Director Jess L. Romo, and Commander Chuck Street led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Crowds surround the Orbis DC-10.
Static aircraft displays included WWII-era warbirds, a Gulfstream Jet, a Citation Mustang, and a Catalina Flying Boat DC-3. With a line spanning nearly half of the event space, the most popular aircraft at the event proved to be the Orbis DC-10. This aircraft was the second DC-10 produced by McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach and was later converted into an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility to serve developing countries. After the event, the DC-10 was set to take its final flight to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson for retirement and public display.

The Condor Squadron performs a flyover before landing at the Festival.
Away from the airfield, fun for the whole family was plentiful with live music provided by Rock for Vets, a musical rehabilitation program for at-risk youth and veterans, and food and drink provided by vendors such as The Hungry Nomad, Belly Bombz, Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, and Legends Sports Bar. Children were treated to jumpers, assisted rock climbing, and face painting. Airport and City vehicles comprised an interactive Touch-A-Truck display and a car show was put on by Honoring our Fallen, an organization that supports our nation’s fallen heroes and their families. Vendors present included the Toyota Grand Prix, Eagle Scouts, TSA, a local independent chocolate company, and a bilingual education program.

A glimpse of Honoring our Fallen's car show.
Attendees praised the free event for providing family-friendly fun and a rare inside look at the Airport. This year’s event hosted more than double the amount of guests who visited in 2015. With public interest growing and more aircraft and activities gracing the airfield each year, the Festival of Flight promises to be a Long Beach mainstay for years to come.

Catalina Flying Boats DC-3

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Long Beach City Presents Results of Feasibility Study for Federal Customs Facility

The City of Long Beach has presented the long-awaited results to the public of a feasibility study on a federal customs facility at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The study was presented at the Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) and Economic Development Commission (EDC) meetings last month. The city commissioned the study to Jacobs Engineering (Jacobs) as a step towards potentially allowing international flights at the airport. JetBlue Airways submitted a request to bring international service to Long Beach, and the City Council authorized moving forward with the study in July, 2015. The Jacobs study as well as meeting transcripts may be found here.

The Jacobs study has provided Long Beach city with vital information to keep the best interest for our local communities. The study also shows the benefits to be derived to justify the Federal Government expense, as required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

On January 19, 2016, the City of Long Beach commissioned Jacobs to conduct the study. The study was commissioned after a Request for Qualifications was issued and two community meetings were held to gather feedback from the public. Specifically, the analysis surveyed the airport, airport tenants, government agencies, airport-dependent businesses and aircraft owners for economic data, and analyzed passenger traffic-related spending.

A separate analysis conducted by the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office examining possible effects to Long Beach’s Noise Compatibility Ordinance (LBMC 16.43) was also released with the Jacobs study.

The topic will be presented to the City Council at their December 13 meeting.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Long Beach Airport Recognized by Esteemed Publications in the Same Week

On Wednesday, October 26, Long Beach Airport (LGB) was one of ten airports to land a spot on Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “10 Best Airports in the U.S.” LGB was chosen by the magazine’s readers for the third consecutive year and climbed three spots to #7.

LGB's meet and greet area between the terminal and concourse
“We are very honored to have been named to this venerated list,” said Airport Director Jess L. Romo, A.A.E. “This recognition is a reflection of how satisfied our customers continue to be when traveling through Long Beach Airport.”

Inside LGB's concourse
Voters praised the open-air concourse with California vibes and the historic terminal, which reminds travelers of the glamorous Golden Age of Flying. Over 300,000 readers voted in this year’s poll and LGB earned an overall score of 77.92.

LGB's historic terminal
Soon after the Airport’s recognition, Long Beach was named SoCal’s Coolest Beach Town in the November 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine. LGB is proud to be part of a community recognized as SoCal’s hippest creative hub.

To see the full Condé Nast Traveler list which includes Long Beach destinations such as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Portland International Airport (PDX), click here. To read more, pick up the November 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine, available on newsstands everywhere.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Recently, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) announced the newly elected officers and members of their Public Safety and Security (PS&S) Committee. Among those named to the committee’s steering group was Long Beach Airport’s Manager of Security, Drew Schneider.

The PS&S Committee’s mission is to enhance the safety and security of airports by providing recommendations to industry and government for aviation safety and security policies. Their members identify and promote best practices in aviation safety and security, and develop educational and technological resources that help accomplish safety and security objectives at airports. The PS&S Committee also provides leadership and continually evaluates opportunities to improve the knowledge of aviation security professionals.

LGB congratulates Drew Schneider on his appointment to this prestigious committee!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long Beach Airport Visited by Boeing’s Quietest, Cleanest Aircraft

On Thursday, September 22, Long Beach Airport (LGB) became the first airport to be visited by Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 during Southwest Airlines and Boeing's service ready operational validation (SROV) exercise. Southwest Airlines is the launch customer of the aircraft, which will begin flying in Southwest's fleet late next year. SROV was a five-day exercise where a test aircraft operated some of Southwest's routes and tested various real and simulated operational scenarios including ensuring it meets airports’ standards.

All photos courtesy of Ron Reeves of Long Beach Airport (LGB).
This aircraft uses Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion (LEAP) engines, which are among the most efficient, quiet, and clean engines available. The B737 Max is likely to be one of the last “tube and wing” designs because the need for greater efficiency, less noise, and lower emissions is driving the move to a blended wing design for commercial aircraft.

An important factor in integrating a new aircraft into a commercial fleet is ensuring that it can meet noise regulations, as people are living closer to airports than ever before. The 737 MAX was designed to be 40 percent quieter than Boeing’s Next-Generation 737. After conducting preliminary tests, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, remarked that “the MAX noise levels are right where we want them to be.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sky Knight 50th Anniversary at Airflite in the Long Beach Airport

Earlier this summer, Airflite hosted the 50th anniversary of the Sky Knight program on July 27, 2016. The airborne law enforcement program from Lakewood, CA was originally based at the Long Beach Airport. This celebration had helicopters present for the attendees to view and speakers that discussed the Sky Knight Program.
The Sky Knight Program was the first to use airborne law enforcement. As stated in ALEA, there are at least 350 law enforcement units in the United States with helicopters to this date.

Sheriff McDonald
Sheriff McDonald announced, “In the 65 riots, they pot a helicopter up and they saw the benefits there was for being able to see from the sky and communicate with the vehicles on the ground,” when speaking about the beginning of aero surveillance.

Some of the people who have worked for Sky Knight
“This type of aero surveillance is not only out there to fight and prevent crime for residents and businesses and all other organizations out there but it also protects the law enforcement individuals,” April Johnson stated when discussing the purpose of the Sky Knight Program.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tenet Partners Recognized for Designing Long Beach Airport’s New Look

On Thursday, September 1, Tenet Partners was granted the coveted Design Merit Award by Graphis, Inc. for creating a stunning, first-class brand experience at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Tenet Partners, a brand innovation and marketing consultancy headquartered in New York City, designed the Airport’s new logo which debuted in 2015.

Graphis Magazine, also based in New York City, is a publication committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent in graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration. Awards are given out annually to over 500 rising stars in the world of art and design. Winners include artists and designers from across the globe.

Congratulations to Tenet Partners for their outstanding work in making Long Beach Airport’s brand a beautiful one.
Long Beach Airport's award-winning look

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO Recognized at the Mayor’s Long Beach Business Awards

On Friday, August 12, fifty leaders were honored by Mayor Robert Garcia at the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan for their outstanding contributions to the local economy and community. At the first annual Long Beach Business Awards, award recipients from both big and small organizations in the Long Beach area were chosen for their hard work and innovation.

Curt Castagna, President and CEO of the Aeroplex/Aerolease Group at Long Beach Airport (LGB), was recognized for his contributions to general aviation and business aviation. Castagna’s expertise ranges from airport operations to environmental regulations, and he has worked in the aviation industry for over 35 years. Castagna is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and teaches as an adjunct professor in the aviation program at California State University, Los Angeles.

Fellow award winners included Steve Goodling of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mario and John Molina of Molina Health Care, Vivian Shimoyama of Long Beach City College, and Mina and Luis Hernandez of Deli News Pizza. Find the full list of honorees here.

Curt Castagna and Mayor Robert Garcia pose for the cameras.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Project Scientist STEM students travel to the Long Beach Airport to learn about Physics with the JetBlue Foundation

“Project Scientist empowers girls who show passion and talent for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

JetBlue hosted 75 young girls from the Project Scientist STEM expedition at Long Beach Airport in early July. These girls get to experience working with top companies and universities with a different theme each week. Because last week’s theme was Physics, the program led the girls to the Long Beach Airport to oversee JetBlue’s operation by meeting with the crew members and touring the facilities. During their tour, the girls got the chance to visit the baggage area, ticket counter, and aircraft maintenance.

STEM allows low income girls, ages 4-12, to have the opportunity to learn hands on and explore their passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The JetBlue Foundation has been kind enough to award six grants that total up to $150,000 for aviation programs to show their support to the STEM organization. They strive to educate students in aviation; so that they could be more prepared if they hope to have a career in aviation. Thanks to these grants, these programs are able to continue to help underserved communities which include women, veterans, and minority groups. The JetBlue Foundation also seeks to help the next generation of professionals in aviation.

The JetBlue foundation was founded in 2013, and since then has provided $350,000 of grants to help aviation programs take off.  The JetBlue Foundation has remained connected closely with 20 aviation programs.

Note: The JetBlue Foundation is legally independent from JetBlue and has a separate Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee that are both made up from JetBlue crew members from the entire airline.

To learn more about the JetBlue Foundation, visit

Monday, May 2, 2016

Long Beach’s Aeroplex/Aerolease Group Supports Local Aviation Students through National Air Transportation Association

Long Beach Airport tenant Aeroplex/Aerolease Group is sponsoring the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) College Chapter program for students who are working toward bachelor’s degrees in Aviation Management. NATA College Chapters provide savings and advantages for students, such as leadership opportunities, scholarships for attending the annual NATA Aviation Business Conference, free access to Aircraft Flight Coordinator Training through Safety 1st, and more.

“We’re excited to provide students with new opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience from experts in the aviation business industry,” said Aeroplex/Aerolease Group CEO and NATA Board Member Curt Castagna. “By partnering with other aviation companies and trade organizations, we can successfully introduce students to the diversity of careers available behind the scenes at airports –from FBO management, sales and finance to aviation law and engineering.”

CSULA first university to start NATA College Chapter
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), has announced that they will be the first to join the program. The university offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Administration.

“We are excited and appreciative of the investment NATA is making to support the development of aviation students and provide invaluable exposure to general aviation businesses,” said Randal D. Berg, A.A.E., airport director at King County International Airport, adjunct professor at CSULA and immediate past chair of the American Association of Airport Executives.
CSULA Aviation Administration Students

In addition to networking with NATA members from a wide range of aviation businesses, 
student members can post resumes on the program’s website (, view job and internship posts, receive NATA News as well as other industry updates, access the group’s member directory and attend its events.

To learn more about student memberships, please visit More information on NATA College Chapter memberships can be found at

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LGB Leading USA Today Contest For Best Airport Dining

The wine bar and fire pit at 4th Street Vine in the Long Beach Airport passenger concourse.
For the past several years, the first-class experience at Long Beach Airport (LGB) has made it feel like the travel industry's favorite little secret. Now, it looks like the secret is starting to get out. Last week, USA Today, the largest circulation newspaper in the United States, included LGB in its nominations for 2016 Readers’ Choice Best Airports for Dining. This is an incredible honor for Long Beach Airport, and it tells us that our guests are enjoying the convenient and easygoing atmosphere that we provide. We will continue this same high level of service in order to preserve the charm and modern feel of our airport. Voting is open now until February 10th, and you can click here to cast your vote for LGB and share it on social media.

The Boathouse offers a great view.
After several days of voting, Long Beach Airport is currently No. 1 on the leaderboard, and we hope to remain on top when the final results are tallied. Everyone is eligible to vote, as often as once per day, from now until 9:00am PST on February 10th.

The contest presents a tremendous opportunity for Long Beach Airport. LGB has the lowest number of annual enplanements among the list of 15 airports from all across the U.S. and Canada, which were chosen from USA Today reader recommendations. This signals to us that our customers are spreading the word about Long Beach Airport with very high regard.

In their description, USA Today echoes what we've been hearing from guests for years, noting that "Long Beach Airport hearkens back to the golden age of flying, and the food options are a great representation of local flavors." With their total daily average circulation of more than 4.1 million, and print circulation alone at more than 1.1 million, USA Today is helping Long Beach Airport expand our presence to a worldwide audience.

We’re extremely pleased to share this honor with our dining partners. We would like to highlight Paradies, which does a fantastic job of operating our establishments and runs a welcoming dining experience for our passengers each and every day. Of course, we are also thankful for the amazing local restaurants that bring so much flavor and diversity to LGB. Click here to learn more about each of them.

We hope you’ll vote LGB in the USA Today contest, and hope to serve you at one of our fantastic eateries very soon. Then you’ll be able to experience our vision for a new standard of air travel; one that is simple, straightforward, and in our case, quintessentially Long Beach. Vote here for LGB as your favorite airport for dining.

George's Greek Cafe is one of many local favorites in the Long Beach Marchè.