So Cal Airports

So Cal Airports and the Challenges to Flight
are intended to be detailed herein!  - With selected FAA Western Region Airports 

PROPOSED TAC CHANGE

CLASS C CONFLICT with CHINO Traffic Pattern

 

Airports each are unique; each has a different set of individual factors that drive the operations to/from and at the airport.

Our goal is to publish that data often known only by the local pilots, so that visitors can be equally informed and plan their flights more effectively.  Certainly, there is a plethora of standardized information available, but most publications often don't paint the "rest of the story."

Included also, are some destination airports that So Cal flyers my want info about.

What are the common mistakes pilots often make?  Is there a noise abatement policy?  Where is the best place to land if one experiences an engine failure during take off, or near the airport?  From which direction do most arrivals come from?  What are the common aircraft position reporting points? Transient parking? Where is the airport management office?  Are there particular airport "hot spots" that have been causing troublesome incursions? Is airport signage and runway/taxiway marking up to date? Are there local pilot associations and/or events that pilots might find attractive?  Do airport FBOs offer unique and specialized types of flight instruction? How about seasonal weather conditions?

Do you have the answers to these and other questions with regard to your favorite airport?  Are you willing to write a few paragraphs and share your tips and suggestions?

We will include Destination Airports in the following listing that So Cal pilots might well be expected to fly to.

NOTE:  FAA.Gov has an Airport Data & Contact Info page.  Up to date Access to Airport Data Importer Tools, Airport Data Dictionaries,  Airport Data Query Sites, FAA Form 5010 - Airport Master Record and Modification Reports are made available. This page also allows you to select view many other airport information categories e.g. airshows, ARFF Airport Rescue and Firefighting and other pertinent topics.  A LINK to the AIRPORT DATA & CONTACT INFO PAGE follows:  FAA AIRPORT DATA & CONTACT INFO PAGE

Another WONDERFUL RESOURCE -FAA published, GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS: A NATIONAL ASSET.  "A fresh look at the many roles General Aviation Plays in the National Airspace System"  This is a detailed description of the benefits that GA Airports offer, and a compliment to the communities that support them.  You can view it HERE.

Airport listings in alphabetical order begin AFTER PREFACE

 

PREFACE:  (Highlights Pilots may be interested in)

As members of the pilot community, we all need to help ensure the safety and security of our airports and aircraft.  You can read more about just how to do that in the TSA SECURITY GUIDELINES for GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT OPERATORS & USERS .pdf file.  READ IT HERE.

 

Are you planning a FLIGHT to ARIZONA? 

Visit this Vital RESOURCE FIRST!  Arrival/Departure Info, Airport Info, Practice Area Overlays for ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, New ATC Procedures, and safety training material as well. CLICK HERE for the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup site powered by their FAASTeam.

Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Inc. ASAG is made up of volunteers working to educate and promote safe aviation practices.  Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. are members                            2/07/22  - The New just published ASAG brochure is available - Click Here

 

MEXICO?  Are you planning a trip to Baja or MEXICO?  

READ THIS REPORT FROM BAJA BUSH PILOTS - RE: MEXICO REGULATIONS BEING ENFORCED!!  AIRPORTS NEED CURRENT MEXICO LICENSING!!    ESTABLISHED RULES  + NOW + BEING ENFORCED -  a link to the Baja Bush Pilots Website where you can access Flight Plan and Mexico WebCam info is HERE       More Info about the CURRENT Airport Regulations Click:  READ MORE HERE For a list of registered airports and a lot of other Mexican Airport information from (IN SPANISH) Click Here.

 

Las Vegas Metroplex began in February 2021:

"Implementation of the Las Vegas Metroplex initiative, including 45 new or changed procedures, will begin... ...creating efficiencies and deconflicting airspace around McCarran International Airport (LAS), Henderson Executive Airport (HND) and North Las Vegas Airport (VGT)." Continue HERE to read about it from NBAA.

New airspace procedures have been established for aircraft arriving and departing the Las Vegas, NV area to enable more efficient handling of traffic. North Las Vegas (VGT), Henderson Executive Airport (HND), as well as Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) have updated their arrival and departure procedures.  Study these PRIOR TO departing.  Expect to fly the procedure as published––do not expect radar vectors.  If your clearance includes the phraseology descend or climb “VIA”  you must abide by the waypoint altitudes published on the procedure (unless otherwise cleared or instructed). When you hear "Climb or Descend VIA" think Verify Intermediate Altitudes. Lastly, pay close attention to directional arrows that specify the course to be flown on the procedure. - More information on the Las Vegas Metroplex here: https://www.faa.gov/TV/?mediaId=2153

Presidential TFRs Possible - Wilmington, Delaware  Area  -     Notice: CHECK NOTAMS

Ex.: Presidential TFR

 

 

 

"The TSA began identifying and planning the gateways after receiving the draft restrictions prepared by the FAA. AOPA has been working with the FAA and other agencies since October to gather information about how future presidential TFRs might impact general aviation operations, part of a years long effort spanning many administrations to mitigate the economic damage and inconvenience that these restrictions can cause." - AOPA

 

California Airports Continue Solar Energy Trend - from AINonline

"With sustainability becoming a major focus in business aviation, more hangar keepers, particularly in California with its abundant sunshine, are turning to solar energy to power their operations.  Among the latest are Clay Lacy Aviation at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Aeroplex/Aerolease Group at Long Beach Airport (LGB)."   Read the article Here

 

Flying over Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules Area is a complex set of flight rules.  Flight Free Zones below 8,000' and 14,000' MSL.  Specific altitudes, frequencies and altimeter settings for each sector on the chart. Familiarize yourself with the flight rules that are published for this airspace under 14 CFR § 93 Subpart U, and the notes on the Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Chart.(https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/productcatalog/vfrcharts/grandcanyon/).

If it's summer, the temperatures will be high. That means density altitude will be a factor, so be sure to recognize (and calculate) your aircraft’s limitations, as well as your own.  Gusty winds and thunderstorms are a factor, too.  Preflight planning to include a check of the forecast weather is essential.

 

Of Note to ALL PILOTS: 

A Guide to Airparks: "Erik McCormack, a realtor and real estate developer from Arizona, created AirparkMap.com, which also proved helpful in adding to the Living With Your Plane dataset."  Continue Reading about the Guide HERE.   View the Guide HERE.

 

Sustainability is now. How ready is your airport?

12/7/2021  COP26 Info etc. - From Honeywell & International Airport Review - A new survey conducted by Honeywell and The Business Journals revealed that 93% of the U.S companies view sustainability as a lasting trend. According to the same report, companies focus their major sustainability initiatives on the physical spaces where they operate and the energy efficiency of the buildings they own and/or lease.Aviation is one of the most quoted industries when it comes to the public pressure to reduce its carbon footprint. Just before the Transportation Day at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the United States announced its massive plan of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from the domestic aviation sector by 2050. According to the FAA, the decarbonization of the sector should be achieved through four major initiatives: sustainable fuel, new aircraft technologies, increasing operational efficiency as well as cutting airport emissions and boosting airport resiliency.Airports Council International launched, back in 2019, a Sustainability Strategy for Airports aimed at providing a “systematic approach to sustainability at airports and practical guidance on how to achieve it.” Following this initiative, the European airports committed through ACI EUROPE to achieve net zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050.

 

Ice Runway anyone?

02/15/2022   ALTON BAY'S FAMOUS ICE RUNWAY NOW OPEN (No Skis Required) - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "Ice runway season at New Hampshire’s Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee is officially underway, and 30 aircraft arrived for opening day. - The ice runway is generally open from January to March, though the date can fluctuate. Airport Manager Paul LaRochelle posted progress reports on Facebook as work to clear and measure the ice was underway, and above-normal temperatures did delay things a bit. (Even more uncooperative weather in 2020 scuttled the runway entirely.) The ice runway is a tradition that dates to the 1960s, and it remains the only airport of its kind in the contiguous United States.

 

FAA Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative (FAASI) FY21 Final Report

03/12/2022  A very complete file that details the Alaska experience. For those of you who might be flying there, and desire to stay in touch with the current safety recommendations, the new weather stations being built, or anything else Alaska, you can View It Here.

 

Airport Data and Information Portal

The Airport Data and Information Portal web page of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). -  The information available from this page has been updated to Effective Date March 2024, data from FAA's Aeronautical Data Team.

 

Ever Landed at an Air Force Base? Visit One with a Fly-In Aviation Museum

From Flying: Find out How - Including one California Base HERE.

 

New Runway Safety Resources for California Pilots -  California Pilots:

The FAA's From the Flight Deck video series features videos for 20 airports throughout California, with more to come. This series uses aircraft mounted cameras to capture runway and taxiway footage and combines this with diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items.

Find the airports you frequent in our video playlist of California airports, and share this resource with your fellow pilots. You can also help get the word out to your friends and family on social media using sample posts from our toolkit.

Learn more about the From the Flight Deck series, go to our video playlist of California airports, or browse videos of airports throughout the United States.

 

Los Angeles 1910 Air Meet helped to establish an Aerospace Capital

  • Los Angeles Times 1/2023 Article - FABULOUS Historical Account - Read it Here.
  • 1910 Los Angeles International Documentary - California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747 - Enjoy it Here.

 

Lost and Forgotten California Airports 

This site was developed and is maintained by Paul Freeman, a private pilot. He is an aerospace engineer working as a program manager on ADS-B for L3Harris Corporation. The site is supported by the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) based at Flabob airport. The California section of the site is supported by Cal Pilots. Here is the link to the updated data:  http://www.airfields-freeman.com

 

2023-2029 Project Overview Los Angeles County Airports

Federal Airport Capital Improvement Program (ACIP) - State Airport Capital Improvement Program - California Aviation System Program (CIP)  -  See the complete Detailed .pdf File Here.

 

FLY FRIENDLY SOCAL - Interactive Airport Noise Abatement Map

 

 

Click Here for the Interactive Map.

LA County Airport Newsletters

Starting in April each LA County Airport will be publishing a Newsletter.  Here are the First Editions:

  1. Bracket Airport(POC)  Airport Newsletter POC April 2024 II
  2. Compton Airport (CPM)  Airport Newsletter CPM April 2024
  3. FOX Field (WJF)  Airport Newsletter WJF April 2024
  4. San Gabriel Valley Airport (EMT)  Airport Newsletter EMT April 2024
  5. Whiteman Airport (WHP)  Airport Newsletter WHP April 2024

 

An Airport List Follows:

Apple Valley (KAPV) - View information Here.

Aspen (KASE) - "Pilots Group Tackles Safety At Aspen" ARTICLE - AVweb - "Experienced pilots in Aspen have joined a task force to bring down the accident rate at the notorious local airport. Pitkin County commissioners approved formation of the task force, which is made up of 12 pilots who are familiar with the airport. There have been 40 serious general aviation accidents at Aspen in the last 40 years but none involving airliners."  More Here.

Bakersfield Municipal - (L-45)- Rocket café is gone . Glitz café is now in operation, 7 days/wk, 06:00 -14:00. Used to take my IFR students to Meadows for ILS, go missed and break left for circling into L-45, land, lunch !  - Reported to SCAUWG.ORG by: RS, FAAST Rep..  11/14/2020

Banning Municipal Airport - (KBNG) - Airport Guide Here.  5/2024  City Cleared To Begin Phasing Out Banning Municipal Airport - Story Here.

Big Bear  (L35) -  Visit the Big Bear Airport Website

BIG BEAR (L-35) FOR BREAKFAST - FUN WITH FOREFLIGHT FLY-OUT - Article - From AOPA - "One of my favorite airports, Big Bear City Airport in California, made the ForeFlight Fly-Out list in May, so it was a perfect excuse to get up in the air and fly from Zamperini Field in Torrance to the San Bernardino Mountains." Read it Here.

Black Rock City Municipal Airport (88NV)- Home of Burning Man Fly-in 2023 - special procedures will be implemented during Burning Man, August 23, 2023- September 4, 2023 in the vicinity of Black Rock Desert, NV. During this event a private-use airport, Black Rock City Municipal Airport (88NV), is created and operated by Black Rock City, LLC on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pilots should review and
adhere to procedures contained in this Notice during the effective dates. ALERT: Check VIP TFRs in the RENO Tahoe AREA!   Read the notice Here.
Black Rock City Municipal Airport (88NV) -UPDATE - 09/05/2023 - Burning Man Airport Closed, Dozens Of Aircraft Likely Stranded (Updated) - Read it Here.
Brackett (KPOC) - Visit the LA County Brackett Airport website Here.

Brackett Airport (KPOC) - Noise Abatement Program explained Here

Brackett Airport (KPOC) - (BAA Release) "Currently, we are staging the monthly aircraft and auto display events on the third Sunday of the month without the use of cones and streamers and promotion to the public at large as required by the county. Notably with the impact of Covid-19, public access to the Brackett Field
Terminal has been closed. As a result we will not be able to host the BAA Annual Christmas Dinner this year."

Cable Airport (KCCB) - Suggested Pattern Information Here

Camarillo Airport  (KCMA) - Noise Program - The County of Ventura Department of Airports appreciates your seeking out resources to help you understand how aircraft noise and overflight concerns are addressed. We are actively working to address existing concerns related to noise and to ensure the community knows we are listening and working to improve airport operations. Get the Noise Program Info HERE.

Catalina (KAVX) - Airport in the Sky - ACE Clearwater Airfield - re-opening story

Catalina (KAVX) Reopened! See More Here

Chino (KCNO) - Selected topics you can select

Colorado Ski Country Airports:

If you are planning to fly in to one or more of Colorado’s ski country airports this season, please be advised that due to increased traffic ATC has instituted some new procedures.  -  Required routes will be used into ski country airports on days of significant demand. These route structures aid Denver Center in creating the most efficient flows into the mountain airports. These required routes will be sent out daily in the Air Traffic Command Center Advisories < https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/advAdvisoryForm.jsp>. Additional airports have been added to the ski country required routes this year to include the following: ASE – Aspen; EGE – Eagle; RIL – Rifle; GJT – Grand Junction; GUC – Gunnison; HDN – Hayden; MTJ – Montrose; TEX – Telluride
View the required routing and graphical depiction in the specific Letter to Airmen, which can be found by completing a NOTAM search for your destination (SKI COUNTRY) airport:   https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html#/

Deer Valley Airport (KDVT) - View Safety Videos Here

Denver Metroplex Project Environmental Website

Ken Brock Freedom Fly-In - KBFFI - El Mirage, CA - YouTube Selections:

Fullerton Airport (KFUL) - Pilot Guide and Noise Abatement Program Here

Fullerton Airport (KFUL) - 03/30/2024 - Biden-Harris Administration Announces $20 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Modernize 20 Small and Regional Airport Traffic Control Towers Across the U.S. - It includes $500,000 to Fullerton Municipal in California: This award funds the rehabilitation of portions of the ATCT with improvements including an ADA compliant stairway, restroom upgrade, sound insulation, IT/security, lighting, and electrical and utility upgrades.

Gillespie Field (KSEE) - Selected Files:

Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN)   (04/01/2024) is a small single runway airport located near the southeast rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. - The Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCN) now has its very own pilot handbook! https://www.faa.gov/gcn

Now when you visit the FAA’s From the Flight Deck (FTFD) website you will see the GCN Airport icon has been changed from green to yellow; this indicates that GCN now has a FTFD Video and Handbook. Scroll to the bottom to expand all sections of the handbook. There is also a link to download and print from PDF: https://www.faa.gov/flight_deck/pilot_info/gcn.pdf.

The purpose of the handbook is to provide information from local air traffic controllers directly to the pilots.

Please share this link: https://www.faa.gov/gcn, and spread the word as wide as possible. Share with all FBOs and users at GCN, as well as those at neighboring airports and states that may have pilots that occasionally visit GCN.  Got a master tenant email list?  Send it to all.  Got an Instagram page?  Does the airport’s website have a pilot info page?  Consider posting a link on your organization’s site.  Request to have it added to the current available material.  The wider the net…the bigger the catch.

Hawthorne (KHHR) - Selected Files:

Hayward Executive (KHWD) - View an Airport Runway Safety Vignette Here

Henderson Executive (KHND) Airport - Visit the "From the Flight Deck" Video Series Here.

03/06/2022  -  LRSAT's: The LRSAT for HND, revealed a couple of useful things. First off, they have had continuing issues with pilots leaving the runup area in the northwest corner, and have lined up for takeoff on taxiway A instead of 17R. Solutions are being worked on. Secondly BVU will be getting a control tower, with an associated class D airspace. It is scheduled to be operational at some point after the Super Bowl (in Las Vegas) in 2024.

Hollywood Burbank (KBUR) - Read Airport Info and Noise Issue Data Here

Honolulu International Airport Runway Safety Video

John Wayne (KSNA) - View file selections Here

The Las Vegas Metroplex - New airspace procedures have been established for aircraft arriving and departing the Las Vegas, NV area to enable more efficient handling of traffic. North Las Vegas (VGT), Henderson Executive Airport (HND), as well as Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) have updated their arrival and departure procedures.  Study these PRIOR TO departing.  Expect to fly the procedure as published––do not expect radar vectors.  If your clearance includes the phraseology descend or climb “VIA”  you must abide by the waypoint altitudes published on the procedure (unless otherwise cleared or instructed). When you hear "Climb or Descend VIA" think Verify Intermediate Altitudes. Lastly, pay close attention to directional arrows that specify the course to be flown on the procedure. - More information on the Las Vegas Metroplex here: https://www.faa.gov/TV/?mediaId=2153

Livermore  (KLVK) Airport - Hydrogen -Electric Projects Line Up at Livermore - Read More Here.

Long Beach -(KLGB) - File selections- 

  • Long Beach - (KLGB) - Long Beach Airport Runway Safety Video NEW 2/2022   See it HERE
  • Long Beach - (KLGB)  - LONG BEACH PRACTICE AREA submitted by RICHARD GARNETT as published in the Feb. 2022 Long Beach Flying Club Newsletter -"SoCal Approach - “Cessna 48340, traffic alert! Traffic 12 o’clock, one mile, same altitude, opposite direction, if you don’t have traffic in-sight advise that you climb immediately!” - "As many of you who fly in the Long Beach Practice Area regularly have noticed, traffic volumes have increased dramatically. It is not unusual for 15 or more airplanes to be operating in our practice area at the same time. All of which are performing various training maneuvers, moving at a 100 knots in all directions and altitudes. It has been more than five years since the last mid-air collision in our practice area. Now, with the increase in traffic volume, and the number of close-calls that several of you have reported to me and that I have experienced, I fear that another tragic accident will likely occur again soon. - I know all of you are conscientious about staying safe in the practice area. Nevertheless I want to remind everyone to be extra vigilant in looking for traffic. Use the proper frequencies to announce your position - 121.95 above 2,000 and 122.85 below 2,000. - Be aware however, that not everyone will be on these frequencies. Many pilots may be communicating with SoCal approach and unable to hear your calls. If you use SoCal for traffic advisories, be aware that VFR traffic separation is their lowest priority and available on traffic permitting basis. - If you don’t have ForeFlight and a Sentry (SCAUWG.org Note: or other hardware/software) for seeing traffic on your I-Pad, please get it. It’s an investment that may well save your life. Look outside and clear your blind spots! As flight instructors, we can easily get focused on a teaching moment inside the cockpit and ignore what’s going on outside the airplane. I’m sure those were causal factors in the previous mid-air collisions. Recognize when there is just too much traffic in the practice area for you to operate safely. Be flexible and willing to divert to an airport for landing practice for example. - Please, please, please, watch out! The pilot in command’s (PIC) primary responsibility is to see and avoid other aircraft and to help them see and avoid his or her aircraft."
  • Long Beach - (KLGB)  - 03/23  - LONG BEACH PRACTICE AREA submitted by RICHARD GARNETT as published in the March. 2023 Long Beach Flying Club Newsletter -LONG BEACH AIRPORT - NOISE ABATEMENT REMINDER Submitted by RICHARD GARNETT - The City of Long Beach Noise Abatement office has notified us that there has been a significant increase of “Noise Abatement” violations in the last month. Please review the following: 16.43.030 Prohibited activities. Training Operations. No Touch and Go, Stop and Go, Practice Low Approach, or VFR Practice Missed Approach shall be conducted at the Airport except between seven a.m. and seven p.m. on weekdays and between eight a.m. and three p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; provided, however, that if any such holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday and, as a result, a holiday is observed on the preceding Friday or succeeding Monday, then such Friday or Monday, as the case may be, shall be considered to be a holiday for purposes of this Section. - A first violation will result in a written notification. However subsequent violations may result in fines to the pilot. - 16.43.090 Violation enforcement. - E. A surcharge of one hundred dollars shall be paid by the Owner/Operator of any aircraft operated on one, but only one, occasion in violation of this Chapter within twenty-four months after a notice pursuant to Subsection D has been received or has been deemed received. - F. After a notice under Subsection D has been received or has been deemed received by an Owner/Operator, a surcharge of three hundred dollars shall be paid by such Owner/Operator for the second and for each subsequent violation of this Chapter occurring during any twelve month period.
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) Suggested Helicopter Arrival/Departure Routes videoed in-flight HERE 
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) LRSAT 2018 (Runway Safety Action Team) Mtg. - PowerPoint - Filled w/Runway Safety Definitions & Airport Runway Safety Data 
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) -  CHANGES TO THE CHART SUPPLEMENT SOUTHWEST - The “Noise” section of LGB’s Airport/Facilities Directory listing was changed from: Touch and go, stop and go, low apch only permitted 1500–0300Z‡ weekdays and 1600–2300Z‡ weekends and hol only on Rwy 08L–26R and Rwy 08R–26L. - to - Touch and go, stop and go, practice low apch, VFR practice missed apch only pmtd 1500–0300Z‡ weekdays and 0800– 1500Z‡ wkends and hols only on Rwy 08L–26R and Rwy 08R–26L. - Many thanks to RICHARD GARNETT & the Long Beach Flying Club for pointing out this omission!
  • Long Beach - (KLBG) - 06/27/2022 - The runways and taxiways at Long Beach Airport soon will be brighter and conserve more energy with the installation of more than 500 new LEDs as part of the Runway 12-30 electrical project. The new lights, to be installed this summer, are expected to save approximately 20KW per night, conserving energy and cutting the electricity bill by about $3,800 per year. Maintenance costs also are expected to be less since the bulbs have a longer life expectancy
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) - 09/01/2022 -TOWER SURVEY — Last month we sent a survey with the emailed newsletters to gather information about how Long Beach Tower was being perceived by our pilots. The reason I was interested is due to the delays and outright denials that general aviation fights were getting for about two-and-a-half months, from mid-April to late June. Eighty five percent of responses rated LGB tower a 4 or a 5, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. However, sixty percent reported that they were unable to complete several flights due to the pattern being closed. Tower’s phraseology was reported to be similar to, “pattern work unavailable until further notice”, which was also put on the ATIS. The most damaging thing for our industry was that there were many checkridesthat couldn’t be completed because the tower would not approve of even a single circuit, with no other traffic in the pattern. DPE’s were forced to plead for access to the airspace to no avail. The good news is the problems have mysteriously stopped. We don’t know if the issues were to staffing, a union slowdown, retraining due to a near mid-air event, or a deliberate sabotage of general aviation. There were understandable tower closures for covid cleaning of the tower; the airport went CTAF for about 3 hours at a time. It is really hard to understand why the tower would refuse pattern work, some days from 9 am to 7 pm, cancelling the entire day for touch and goes. We’ll continue to investigate, but for now, we are baffled.
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) - 05/27/2023 AIRPORT DIAGRAM CHANGES - see them and read comment in the Long Beach Flyers & Flight Academy May '23 Newsletter HERE. 
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) - 11/03/2023  - General Aviation Operations at Long Beach Airport - From the City of Long Beach - Click Here 
  • Long Beach -(KLGB) - 1/02/2023  - "City can’t force regulation changes at Long Beach Airport; will look for voluntary solutions to noise and pollution"  Story Here 
  • Long Beach - (KLGB) - 4/5/2024  - The Voluntary FLY FRIENDLY PROGRAM Proposal. Los Alamitos Army Airfield - Joint Forces Training Base - Unofficial Homepage:  http://www.aircav.com/sli.html

Los Alamitos Army Airfield  (KSLI)  8/2021 - The California National Guard is in the early stages of planning to build a solar microgrid at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos that would provide a reliable energy source if a disastrous earthquake were to cut power in the Los Angeles area. The project would consist of 99 acres of solar panels.

Los Alamitos Army Airfield  (KSLI) - Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos supports Component Commands. We provide CANG units and other DoD entities the capabilities and capacities to improve and maintain readiness. JFTB will facilitate the infrastructure and support for City, State, and Federal agencies to train and coordinate for the support of DSCA requirements, and o/o become a JRSOI site in response to a DSCA event.
8/23/2023 - "Los Al" is under attack by developers.  Issue info and notice of a City Council Meeting Here.
Los Angeles International (KLAX) Airport -   9/2021  LAX upgrades would negatively impact local neighborhoods, Rep. Maxine Waters says:  "A plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport with a new terminal, more gates and a host of other upgrades would negatively impact residents living in the area, a Southern California congresswoman says. - In a Sept. 14 letter to Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project would create more noise from increased landings and departures while also boosting harmful emissions and traffic congestion. “While I support efforts to enhance airfield and terminal safety and improve the passenger experience at LAX, I continue to oppose any attempt to expand the capacity of the airport,” Waters wrote. In a meeting following receipt of Waters’ letter, the board announced it would postpone voting on the project until its next meeting on Oct. 7.  Continue Here.
Los Angeles International Airport - (KLAX) - 3/06/2022 - Airport update, LAX: 25R/07L and taxiway F was closed for 38 hours this past weekend for repairs/rehabilitation. There will be several nighttime closures through Thursday to finish up the work, including lighting and markings. The current airport improvement project is proceeding along on schedule. Also “cut offs” (service vehicles cutting off airplanes) are still an issue, with another accident between an airplane and service vehicle in the last quarter.
Los Angeles International Airport - (KLAX) - 06/17/2023   LAWA Community Report - Access it HERE.
Los Angeles International Airport - (KLAX) - An American Ranger AR-1 doing the KLAX Shoreline Transition South - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4huhx15D4aw
 Marana Regional (KAVQ).  - 09/18/2021  Here is Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group's new safety video for Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTBHrJnpGeo

From YouTube:  Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group - From the Flight Deck video for Marana, Arizona is the first in a series of videos from the Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) produced to complement the FAA's From the Flight Deck videos.  ASAG's focus is to raise pilot's awareness of potential problems before they visit an unfamiliar non-towered airports or airspace in Arizona and is not intended as a substitute for thorough preflight planning. Nor is it possible for us to cover all potential hazards a pilot might encounter during a flight.  We encourage all pilots to visit these web sites to compliment their normal flight preparation:
https://www.faa.gov/go/fromtheflightd...
https://www.asagaz.org
https://www.aftw.org
https://www.faasafety.gov

-The July (2020) issue of the Arizona Pilots Association newsletter included text written about Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations. General  illustrations were added that do not apply to Marana Regional during parachute operations so the data found via the following link with the Drop Zone diagram attached is designed to help get the word out about Marana Regional (KAVQ).  Get the info by clicking here: https://scauwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AVQ-Parachute-Drop-Zones-r-2020-1.pdf

The problem is at some airports overflying the field and performing midfield entries to the traffic pattern is unsafe. The AWOS at Marana Regional (KAVQ) announces do not overfly the field and do not fly missed approach procedures for the RNAV/GPS 12 and RNAV/GPS‐E  approaches during parachute operations. Both the RNAV/GPS 12 and RNAV/GPS‐E missed approach procedures have trajectories that pass directly through the drop zone (DZ),  as can overflying and midfield pattern entries. Here is a link to the Chart Supplement for more information on AVQ and nearby Pinal Airpark (MZJ) https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/dafd/search/

Marana Regional Airport - (KAVQ)  Marana Regional Airport Voluntary Noise Abatement Program - https://www.maranaaz.gov/s/Noise-Abatement-Flyers-PILOTS-Reduced.pdf - Detailed Procedures are illustrated HERE.  Take a Look!  🙂     Added 12/16/2021

March ARB - (and Surrounding Airports) - MIDAIR COLLISION AVOIDANCE(MACA) PAMPHLET - MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE - IMPORTANT MIDAIR SAFETY - "Southern California is noted for many things. One of them, unfortunately, is the potential for a midair collision due to the heavily congested airspace. This part of the country is one of the most hazardous areas in the world for aircraft. In order to reduce the risk of a major accident, know your personal limitations, learn as much as possible about the airspace system you operate in and know the flight characteristics of the aircraft around you. This pamphlet was developed in the interest of promoting flight safety. It details factors affecting vision, collision avoidance techniques and March ARB aircraft and their departure/approach routes. Hopefully this information will assist you in avoiding situations where the potential for a midair collision is the greatest." Webmaster: Dated 2017 but this 16 page PDF is incredibly detailed and provides chart depictions of the many March ARB operations and the airports that surround March ARB. Also provides many references and a link to today's current issue of, "From March Field" with updated events and info.  Get it HERE. Note: An Update re: Peris Valley - "Perris Valley: The frequency is 122.775 (see small insert frequency box on chart) We don't listen to 122.90. Please DO NOT fly over this airport 14,000 and below. 9 multi engine jump planes. Maybe 15 ultra lights. Usually one of the top 3 busiest drop zones in the United states."

McClellan-Palomar Airport - Voluntary Noise Abatement Program, See it HERE.

Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego has been approved to undergo $16 million in improvements, with fixed base operator Executive Airpark set to add parking facilities, build and renovate 69,800 square feet of hangar, install a fuel farm and construct a 5,850-square-foot flight club lounge. Future plans include the creation of an urban mobility hub and the development of an aviation museum.

Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport - Approach / Departure / Noise Abatement Information can be accessed by clicking on   noiseabatement_kneeboard_updated_2019.pdf (sandiego.gov)    San Diego Airports Division OPERATIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (2018) - HERE

Mammoth Yosemite Airport -(KMMH) -  11/25/22 FAA announced Airport Improvement Grant - $936,625 to Mammoth Yosemite Airport in Mammoth Lake, California - The program pays for a variety of projects including construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements such as lighting or signage, and the purchase of equipment needed to operate and maintain airports.

New Cuyama Airport - (L88) - 10/31/2023   Couple Take Lead on Reopening New Cuyama Airport - From Flying - “The airport and property went through a few different hands and ended up with a gentleman who wanted to put it in the hands of the community through a nonprofit organization,” Sappingotn said. “So, he donated the airport and property to a nonprofit called Blue Sky Center. They are a community development organization, whose objective is to help the people of the Cuyama Valley. They always tried to take care of the airstrip but didn’t have a lot of money to do so. As a private GA airport, they are not eligible for federal airport grants." Full Story Here.

Ocean Ridge Airport (E55) - GA Airport Turned Into Emergency Base In Storm-Ravaged California - Article by Meg Godlewski - Here

Ontario International (KONT) Airport - Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan. Please see SCAUWG.ORG's Runway Safety News Page for data about the ONT Runway / Taxiway Improvement program. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.Follow @flyONT on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Ontario International (KONT) Airport, Ontario, Calif.: September 2021 AIP Supplemental Funding:  $15.2 million to reconstruct 832,000 square feet of taxiways and their connectors. The project will allow for a safer and more efficient flow of aircraft traffic on the airfield. This large project will result in jobs during construction and accommodate permanent job growth at this growing airport that is experiencing increased demand for passenger and cargo service.

Oxnard Airport (KOXR)  -  Noise Program - The County of Ventura Department of Airports appreciates your seeking out resources to help you understand how aircraft noise and overflight concerns are addressed. We are actively working to address existing concerns related to noise and to ensure the community knows we are listening and working to improve airport operations.  Get the Noise Program Info Here.

Palm Springs (KPSP)  -  The Palm Springs Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA) was originally designed to define an area containing large
turbine−powered aircraft where pilots could receive air traffic control (ATC) services to/from/around the primary airport,
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in order to achieve a higher level of overall safety.

Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) provides approach control services for a diverse
fleet mix including helicopters, single-engine fixed- wing, high-performance fixed-wing and air carrier passenger jets to:
PSP, Bermuda Dunes Airport (UDD), Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM) and several local hospital helipads.

The PSP TRSA (depicted by black border on figure A-1 and figure A-2 on the file linked to below); extends upward from the surface within the
PSP Class D airspace to 10,000’ MSL. The TRSA floor outside the PSP Class D airspace alternates from either 2,000’
MSL or 3,500’ MSL to permit free movement of nonparticipating aircraft; however, this is the very aspect of the PSP
TRSA that generates safety concerns.  SEE the DETAILS & CHARTED Airspace HERE.   Posted 12/17/2021

Palomar  (KCRQ) Airport  - News from the Airport Association Highlights the Volunteer Noise Abatement Program in place. You are requested to follow it, particularly because so many more folks are at home at present due to the health crisis.   See it Here- You can read this August 2020 edition of the Palomar Airport Association newsletter by clicking Here.  Thanks to Steve Nelson FAA FPM from San Diego FAASTeam for this update.

Porterville Municipal (KPTV) Airport - 09/02/2022 - "The City of Porterville announced Friday it has been awarded $4.44 million in federal grant money to go toward the rehabilitation of the Porterville Municipal Airport taxiway.

Awarded by the US Department of Transportation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), the grant will pay for 90% of the project to rehabilitate the parallel taxiway."  Continue Here.

Paso Robles Municipal (KPRB) Airport - 03/04/2024  Paso Robles Municipal Airport in California is poised to begin a three-week runway rehabilitation project that entails filling in cracks, removing residual rubber and repainting surface markings. Ninety percent of the nearly $600 million undertaking will be funded by a federal grant, with the rest to come from the Airport Enterprise Fund. - Full Story: KSBY-TV (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (3/1) 

Prescott Regional (KPRC) Airport - Earnest A Love Field - (PRC) -   A wonderful Safety Video FROM the FLIGHT DECK VIDEO from FAA Runway Safety. You can view it by Clicking HERE.

Redlands Airport (KREI) - Will be affected by if approved, the SBD / UPS Proposed Approaches - Comments and Info HERE

Redlands Airport (KREI) - 7/2021 SO CAL TRACON LTA that addresses area WAKE TURBULENCE Avoidance - See it HERE.

Redlands Airport (KREI) - 7/12/2022 - Airport Association President Ted Gaplin joined the SCAUWG.ORG webmaster for a terse interview and description of the dangerous airspace challenges that reside at the airport. "See and Avoid" takes on a new meaning in the traffic pattern at Redlands. You can view to the interview Here. (40:05)

Redlands Airport (KREI) - Heard 8/23 from a local UPS contact that the simulator evaluation of the SBD Rwy 24 RNAV approach is complete. They have scheduled one of their 767’s to conduct a flight test on Aug. 30th . UPS hopes to have the approach approved by the end of September or early October.  What is still unclear is if this will be a public or private approach.

Redlands Airport (KREI) - 09/01/2022 - Get a PROGRESS UPDATE re the UPS RNAV 24 TEST FLIGHTS made by UPS.  See it HERE.

Redlands Airport (KREI)- 09/08/2022 - Progress Report re UPS RNAV 24  proposed approach to SBD   See it Here.

Redlands Airport (KREI) - 07/18/2023  - Discussion with Redlands Airport Association and the SBD Tower about shared Pattern Traffic Concerns. Read the meeting notes Here.  (Also listed under SBD)

Reid-Hillview - (KRHV) - Reid-Hillview Airport - San Jose - ARTICLE re: Potential Closure and FAA position - Read it HERE

Reid-Hillview - (KRHV) - Leaded aviation fuel (100LL) MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE for purchase at Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV) in East San José and San Martin Airport (E16).  -  In its notice, the City of Santa Clara says, “To use the unleaded fuel, an aircraft must be certified that it can do so safely and will be outfitted with a decal indicating this status. Aircraft that cannot use unleaded gas will need to obtain aviation fuel from other facilities.”

Reid-Hillview - (KRHV) - 06/13/22   Santa Clara Soil Tests Show Low Lead Levels - "Santa Clara County officials in California dug deeper into the leaded aviation fuel debate hobbling their local airport, and a study found the ground around the airport has acceptable levels of lead. However, it took some dogged determination by the local newspaper to bring the study to light. The $130,000 probe took samples from 32 locations around Reid-Hillview Airport the airport at 6 and 18 inches below the surface and none exceeded local, state or federal standards. A similar study of San Martin Airport, 23 miles south of Reid-Hillview, turned up similar results. The study was not publicly released until the San Jose Mercury News did a public records check."  Story Here.

Reid-Hillview - (KRHV) - 01/15/2023 - AOPA FIRES BACK AT SANTA CLARA COUNTY AMID 100LL FUEL BAN DISPUTE - LAIMS VIOLATION OF FEDERAL RULES AND OUTLINES REPORTS OF UNSAFE FUELING EVENTS CAUSED BY AIRPORT’S ACTION - Read it Here.

Salinas Airport - (KSNS) - SNS RUNWAY 31 MALSR Construction Project - Notice Number: NOTC2472 - Subject: SNS RUNWAY 31 MALSR Construction Project - Cancellation: 09/13/2022 1200 (UTC) - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration - Salinas Tower - 1645 Moffett St. - Salinas, CA 93905

• From July 11 to September 13 the RWY 31 MALSR will be out of service.• Pilots should be aware of construction in the vicinity of the approach end of RWY 31.• Pilots should use extreme caution due to increased approach minimums while the MALSR is out of service.• Practice approaches to RWY 13/31 will not be approved while the RWY31 MALSR construction project is active.

RWY 13/31 will be closed at night at various times. See NOTAMS for details.

NOTAMs at https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/disclaimer.html.

David A. Greene Air Traffic Manager, Salinas Tower

Saline Valley Warm Springs Airfield - AIRPORT NEWS - AVweb - "Flooded airports are nothing new but volunteers are being sought to fix up a runway in a seemingly unlikely place to see flooding. Saline Valley Warm Springs Airfield, better known as the Chicken Strip, in California’s Death Valley has been closed after flooding cut deep ruts in the gravel runway. In a three-hour period on Aug. 5, a little less than two inches of rain fell."  Volunteers Needed to help restore the airport.  - Continue Here.

San Bernadino International - (KSBD) Emergency Parking Issue:    The COVID-19 issue is impacting KSBD (San Bernardino) directly as KSBD accepts many Delta aircraft for << … overflow parking on movement areas (runways and taxiways) of many air carrier aircraft that are not flying during this time. >>  And as most of you know, KSBD generally has the lowest cost Avgas in the LA Basin … which, in turn, generates a fair amount of transit traffic (which now must pass a bunch of Delta A320’s to get to the fuel pumps).  Reported by Richard Eastman

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) Proposed Approach Comments and Details

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) Dec 2019 Additional INFO re:  UPS Proposed Approach

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) 7/2021 SO CAL TRACON LTA with Procedures to Limit WAKE TURBULENCE DANGER - See it Here

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) - 01/05/22 California Challenges San Bernardino Air Cargo Facility Used by Amazon - From Flying - Story HERE.

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) - 08/25/22 - UPS will begin testing their proposed RNAV 24 approach to KSBD with a 767 doing the work. UPS reports that their flight approach simulator is now in place.

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) - 09/08/2022 - Progress Report re: SBD RNAV 24 Proposed approach.  See it Here.

San Bernardino International - (KSBD) - 07/18/2023  - Discussion with Redlands Airport Association and the SBD Tower about shared Pattern Traffic Concerns. Read the meeting notes Here. (also listed under REI)

San Diego County Airports - CLICK HERE

San Luis Obispo (KSBP)Airport  - Pilot Alert on Approach to Rny 29

San Luis Obispo (KSBP) - Airport Runway Improvement Finished - 11/15/21 article AINonline Here

San Jose Airport - (KSJC) - - 8/25/2022 Article by Meg Godlewski in Flying Magazine - Read it Here.

Santa Maria Public (KSMX) Airport  - Construction 2023 - Construction at SMX will be on the ramp and taxiway areas adjacent to the Radisson hotel. The work area consists of Taxiways A (southeast of Taxiway U), A7, A8, V, and W. These areas will be closed beginning April 20, 2023, until early October.

Runway 30/12 will be closed intermittently from 2200 until 0600 local during the same period. Since Runway 2/20 is unlighted, SMX will be effectively closed on those nights when 30/12 is closed. I've been informed that there have been some discrepancies between some third-party EFB apps and the FAA website (https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/). It is imperative that all pilots check the FAA site to be sure they have the most accurate information.

Also, be aware that there will be personnel and vehicle operators at the airport that may or may not be available for aircraft operations. As pilots we are ultimately responsible for the safe operation of our aircraft, so be alert and be careful out there. - SMX FAAST Team

Santa Monica (KSMO)_Airport_Notice

Santa Monica (KSMO)  6/31/19 Runway Destruction Notice

SMAA Santa Monica Airport Association UPDATE 2021

Santa Monica (KSMO) - City Council Plan from 2020 for the future redevelopment - Staff Report 5303  - HERE

Santa Paula - (KSZP) - Airport Arrival Information

Santa Paula - (KSZP) -  See FAA Updated AC (6/6/23) Non-Towered Airport Guidance Here.

Santa Ynez  (KIZA)  Airport Information - NO STRAIGHT INs! - 2 Airport Info files follow:

Jen's letter sized SANTA YNEZ VALLEY AIRPORT DRAFT PILOT INFORMATION

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY AIRPORT DRAFT PILOT INFORMATION (2)

Sedona (KSEZ) - Sedona, Arizona - Great New (03/21/2022) Airport Safety Video - See it Here.

San Francisco (KSFO) - Gets GBAS - future noise abatement benefit? - Read the story Here

Thermal (KTRM) Airport - 01/19/2022   Ross Aviation (KTRM) Offers Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Avfuel - PR Release - "THERMAL, Calif. / January 17, 2022 /. Ross Aviation, in partnership with fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, is now offering customers sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its Palm Springs/Thermal, California, location."  Read the Release Here.

Torrance Airport (KTOA) Zamperini Field - 12/26/2021   City Council approves $284,000 to install new Torrance Airport noise monitoring system - NEWS - From Daily Breeze - Read about it HERE.

Torrance Airport (KTOA) - 7/26/2023   NEW CITY COUNCIL DECISIONS & LANDING FEES -

Torrance City Council Action - Voted Upon 7/25/2023 and approved -

9.     ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

9A.   Transportation Committee –ACCEPTED and FILED April 12, 2023 Meeting Minutes and Provide Direction Regarding Airport Landing Fees, Airport Noise Mitigation Efforts, and Phase Out of Leaded Gas. Expenditure: None.

1)  ACCEPTED and FILED the Transportation Committee meeting minutes of April 12, 2023; and

2)  APPROVED implementation of airport landing fees for all transient aircraft and Torrance-based fixed wing flight school operators with fleets of more than three (3) aircraft, and authorize certain exemptions for military, public safety, medical flights,and Robinson Helicopter; and

3)  APPROVED a Letter of Agreement between the City of Torrance and Torrance-based fixed wing flight school operators; and

4)  PROVIDED direction on the proposed noise study alternatives to potentially expand the existing airport noise monitoring system; and

5)  APPROVED the phase out of leaded gas with a target of phasing it out within the next 12-months; and

6)  RECEIVED updates on the legalities of prohibiting touch-and-go landings on the south and north runways, imposing a moratorium on new flight school operators, and enforcement of early left turn violations.

  • Approved a ban on all training operations on weekends and City of Torrance recognized holidays, and modified weekday hours when such training will be allowed to Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff to return to City Council with a report on whether new restrictions made a difference on airport noise.
  • Approved a moratorium on all additional flight schools and directed staff to notify two most recent flight schools that received a business license that they will not be able to renew their license, unless another flight school departs the City, to ensure compliance with the resolution that allows for a total of six flight schools. Staff to return to City Council with a modification to the existing resolution that will require the City Council to approve business licenses for flight schools.
  • Directed staff to begin reinforcement of early left-turns.
  • Directed staff to issue a formal letter to the FAA and Tower regarding concerns related to the airport.

Torrance Airport (KTOA)   12/14/2023 - Torrance City Council denies Sling Pilot Academy’s license renewal - Daily Breeze Article HERE

Torrance Airport (KTOA)   12/18/2023 - Torrance Airport Association - A great source of information regarding a variety of topics. Survey the small print on the left sidebar for topics that you might be interested in.  The Airport Association is a pilot's group that meets monthly. They have the best intentions at heart!  View the site Here.

Torrance Airport Facebook Page 12/18/2023  - Independently sponsored by genuinely interested folks at Torrance.  Articles posted are about benefits you can take advantage of.  The page points out how people can save money & protect their lifestyle.  You can visit the Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/torrance.airport.benefits.us

Torrance Airport (KTOA) 1/2/2023  -  KTOA LANDING FEE BILLING CHANGE - See the letter to operators Here

Torrance Airport (KTOA) 5/30/2024  - Regarding the 5/29/2024 Airport Commission Mtg re Taxi lights still out of service.

     This is the eyewitness report received by SCAUWG.ORG:
"I was there.  
A few spoke up that there was not violation but the result was a vote to support that they would train and address the action as a violation.  Even though it was pointed out that the action was transparent and no harm or financial loss occurred.
 
Lights are still out at the airport but god help us for asking about them.
 
This allows for follow-up which could be as much as dissolving the airport commission.  I fear it will go that path, regardless of those who say "no way".  It would be the correct next step in the council's playbook to destroy the airport."

Tucson AZ  (KTUS) - Airport General Information

Tucson AZ  (KTUS) - runway Safety and Local Practice areas / Reporting Points  18 Min. Version

Tucson AZ  (KTUS) - NEW RUNWAY / AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS - Tucson International Airport (TUS) | Federal Aviation Administration (faa.gov)

Tucson AZ (KTUS) - AIRFIELD Changes! They Take Effect 11/30/2023 - The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), certificated operator of Tucson International Airport (TUS), is engaged in a multi-year $400+ million Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Program, a project that will transform the airfield layout at TUS to meet current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards. This project, designed to enhance airfield safety, will include the demolition of an existing runway (RWY 11R/29L; 75’ x 8,000’) with a new, relocated parallel runway (150’ x 11,000’) that will serve the Southern Arizona region for decades into the future.  Read About the Changes HERE.

Van Nuys (KVNY) File Selections:    (data is historical - check for currency)

Victorville (VCV) Airport Reconfiguration
Notice Number: NOTC1992 -

  • First 1999ft of Runway 17 has been removed.
  • Taxiway E2 is now E1
  • Taxiway E3 is now E2
  • Taxiway E3 assignment removed
  • Current airfield diagrams will not depict the changes until the next publication in October 2021.
    • Ground Control is making corrections, notifications of changes and verifying taxi instructions, but pilots still get confused because it appears that they are still just following their charts on taxi and not looking at the taxiway signs
  • Taxiway signs have been changed to the current and correct taxiway configurations. (See link below)

https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2021/Aug/VCV_spark_page.pdf

Pilots need to check the LTA that will be sent out which will include the revised diagram, receive the revised diagram in person from the FBO and, as always, thoroughly review the airport NOTAMS prior to operating at KVCV.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Andrew Switzer - Air Traffic Manager, KVCV - Serco Inc. - T: 760.246.4085 - andrew.switzer@serco-na.com

Watsonville Municipal (KWVI) Airport - 03/27/2024 "During its Tuesday meeting, the Watsonville, California City Council narrowly voted 4-3 in favor of decommissioning the crosswind runway at Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI).- Tuesday’s vote comes after months of deliberation over whether to shorten the runway or deactivate it entirely—a process that could take up to four years. In October, airport staff were notified that the runway would no longer meet funding eligibility requirements from the FAA since it was classified an “additional runway.” Moreover, a report to explore the airport’s growth potential noted that Watsonville’s crosswind runway only accounted for 4% of the airport’s total operations in 2022 and 2023. - Still, advocates argued the crosswind runway serves as..."   More Here.

Whiteman (KWHP) Airport (Los Angeles) - Display Day Back - "Display Day Personnel will be there for signing (starting) on Sunday, November 8
from 10am-1pm. They will be in front of the CAP Building. Strict Covid 19 Rules will be in place. - 1. Please have your paperwork ready to sign. 2. Masks are mandatory! You will be turned away without one. 3. Bring your own pen. 4. Don’t linger and keep physical distancing when possible. 5. If you are ill, do not come and send someone else to do your paperwork."  - This per the secretary of the Whiteman Airport Association.

Whiteman (KWHP) Airport (Los Angeles) - L A County has a Master Plan for KWHP - Read about it Here.

Whiteman (KWHP) Airport (Los Angeles) - 12/14/2020 - LA City Council seems to be possibly inappropriately assessing the community value of KWHP and has stated that the airport should be closed. The airport is not under the LA City jurisdiction.  KWHP is owned and operated by LA COUNTY.  There appears to be a feud brewing between the two spearheaded by 7th district councilwoman Monica Rodriquez.  Same is not an admirable circumstance. AOPA has commented on Twitter as follows:

"We are aware of comments made by the LA City council. We are confident that LA County Airports Aviation Division and Aviation Commission, who have sole authority and jurisdiction over KWHP, will continue to operate the airport."

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - More on KWHP:  A resolution calling for the eventual closure of Whiteman Airport was unanimously supported Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez called the 182-acre general aviation airport a blight on the Pacoima neighborhood, where it was founded as Whitman Air Park in 1946 and eventually purchased by Los Angeles County in 1970.  Continue Reading More About This by Clicking HERE.

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - 03/06/2022 - Airport update, (written by a KWHP Airport Supporter & Submitted to SCAUWG) WHP: Our beloved ATM, Chris Cooper is now doing double duty, also as the ATM of FUL. There has been formed a stakeholders working group, led by Melissa McCaffrey of AOPA (with Ed Story participating) to help inform and educate the community about the airport, and to present an opposing viewpoint to the a vocal and small minority who wish to have the airport closed. A community advisory committee (CAC) was formed by the politicians to explore “the re-envisioning of the airport”. The committee consists of 20 people; 2 from the airport community, and 18 anti-airport. This last Thursday and Saturday, the CAC held an 'Open House' to bring the representatives and the community together to have open dialogue. It has proven to be of benefit to the airport, as many in the community are having their mis-perceptions changed, and are actually seeing the benefits of having an airport in their community. The open house committee has been reformed, and Whiteman's open house and display is set for June 25, 2022. Since the airport could not have a open house for the 75th anniversary due to Covid, this open house is being billed as 75+ years serving the community! The airport is still working on getting the nighttime instrument approach restriction lifted.

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - 06/05/2022  WHITEMAN AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Produced by the WHP Open House Committee. Planned is a presentation honoring the police officers that rescued valiantly the pilot of the plane that recently made an emergency landing on the railroad tracks, prior to a train crashing into it. PLUS, Free Rides for Kids 8-17 years old, Demonstrations, Displays, Food Vendors & More. This will Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of KWHP, EAA, and CAP's 80+ years. Download the 75th Anniversary Event Poster Here

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - 06/26/2022   GOOD NEWS at WHITEMAN (KWHP) !  -  the 75TH ANNIVERSARY Open House was a Success!  -  Here is the text of an email written by a SCAUWG / Cal Pilot's member to Meg Godlewski Flying Magazine:

Meg,

Per your request and for your article on organizing airport promotions, here are 38 pictures from Whiteman Airport’s 75th Anniversary Day yesterday, June 25th.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/6FG5AbT7deaphyaw8

 According to estimates, there were over 3000 attendees.  Jim Miller can give you more statistics. From my perspective, it was very well organized with quite a variety of aircraft (over 20 different ones at least), classes in hangars, booths under tents, food trucks, water (it was hot), shelter in the hangars, a mariachi band (!), a KTLA TV interview, a good spread of people from the community, knots of folks near this or that (one of the first pictures shows folks congregating for free intro flights). Many young folk from the Civil Air Patrol guided attendees into the area and across taxiways. County was involved in putting out a lot of the rails, tables, tents, etc. plus recovering all at the end of the day.

 Here's a video of parts of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unrcving3gc

 Jim can give you an idea of how the Friends of Whiteman Airport (originally assisted in organizing by Melissa McCaffery and Bill Dunn of AOPA) personnel (about ten at least) divided up responsibilities. CalPilot’s Whiteman Airport Chapter was well represented by Don and Shellie Hagopian.  

 Great variety. Good feeling. Looked like an outstanding success to me!     -  Ed

Morning Landing at KWHP - an American Ranger AR-1 gyro landing before the tower opens... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lpb2LO-low

7/13/2022 Info about the Community Advosory Council:

CAC:  Per Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors motion on December 8, 2020, the County has formed a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of leaders and stakeholders from the community and Airport to provide input throughout the process.

The CAC will use their local insight and knowledge to understand community concerns and identify new opportunities, such as the creation of local jobs, community beneficial uses, and dedicated open space at the airport.

During the 12-month planning process, members will need to commit to attending at least six bi-monthly meetings, approximately two hours in length. These meetings will also be open to the public.

PDF File Here

09/05/2022  - SCAUWG.ORG received confirmation that LA County is looking into the feasibility of installing 100UL at KWHP.

09/11/2022 - LA County PW Documents from Jan & Apr 2022 addressed to the Board of Supervisors disclosing steps necessary to Close KWHP -  Read it Here.

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - KWHP NOISE STUDY OVERVIEW  10/22/2022- At the September 22, 2022 CAC meeting, a presentation was given regarding the preliminary noise
assessment that was conducted for Whiteman Airport (WHP). While this memo summarizes the presentation, the full presentation can be view by following this link.  -  A summary of the findings can be Read by CLICKING HERE.

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP) - 10/22/2022   WHITEMAN CAC (current) DRAFT - Overview From Public Works / Re-envisioning Website - This document is a “working” document that has been and will continue to be refined as the Re-envisioning process concludes over the next few months.
For the purpose of this working document, it is organized in three parts:
Part 1: Discussion of long-term scenarios and their influence on recommendations, and
Part 2: The draft recommendations themselves.
Part 3: Relevant Best Practices to potentially incorporate into these recommendations.
Please review the information as it is presented and provide any feedback. It’s anticipated that further refinement may include overall format of this document, incorporating additional recommendations (best practices in particular), additional supporting information if needed (key information and factors, current status) and further consolidation to make sure all priority recommendations are included and in the right spot.
View the Re-envisioning Working Document DRAFT HERE.

Whiteman Airport - (KWHP)  11/03/2023  Whiteman Grant History from FAA Report - Click Here.

Zamperini Field - See Torrance Airport (KTOA)