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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Improved Roadways and Walkways Arrive at LGB

Right before the winter holidays began, over a month of construction and maintenance in front of the historic terminal at Long Beach Airport (LGB) came to an end.

One crosswalk was removed to enhance pedestrian safety.
Directly in front of the terminal, a lane was added to improve the flow of traffic; there are now three lanes total, allowing one for loading and two for vehicles to pass through. The center median was enhanced with the addition of a safety railing and now provides more room for travelers being picked up and dropped off. Safety was also improved with a raised, widened crosswalk that will help reduce the speed of vehicles in front of the historic terminal building.


Safety railing was added to the widened median.
This month, construction is set to begin on Lot A, the parking structure nearest to the historic terminal, to enhance safety and accessibility for travelers who park at LGB. The garage's enclosed staircases will be replaced with outdoor stairways, the existing elevator will be updated and replaced with two elevators, vehicle entry and exit points will be modified, lighting and interior painting will be improved, and parking spaces will be restriped. Renovations are set to be complete by Fall 2017.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Water Treatment Facility to be Constructed near Long Beach Airport

Hard hats and shovels at the groundbreaking ceremony
On Monday, December 12, 2016, representatives from Long Beach Airport, the City of Long Beach, the City of Signal Hill, and CalTrans gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for a storm water capture and treatment facility located southeast of the Airport.

Airport Director Romo and other Airport representatives
The Los Cerritos Channel Sub-Basin 4 Storm Water Capture project is one of multiple construction projects occurring around the Airport. The project is also one of six projects around the airport focused on water capture and treatment. Upon completion, the facility will be able to collect 120 acre-feet of storm and rain water. The water capture and treatment facility will trap zinc and copper fragments from storm water to prevent them from entering the Los Cerritos Channel. Subsidized by an $11 million grant from CalTrans, the total cost of the project is $50 million.

Representatives from the City of Signal Hill pose in their hard hats.
The facility will be located away from public view and construction should not impact Airport operations. The contractor must abide by a vertical clearance so that equipment and stockpiles do not block flight paths; construction that requires tall equipment must be completed after the Airport’s main runway (30/12) closes in the evening. The project is expected to be completed by December 2017.