So Cal Airports

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So Cal Airports and the Challenges to Flight
are intended to be detailed herein!

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?

4/17/2018  We are currently building this page. YOU are invited to help us grow this section!   Experienced folks that have insightful info about their favorite airports, particularly if it might not be available via the regular sources, are invited to contribute here!  Send what you would like to share to: scauwg@earthlink.net  Thanks!

We will include Destination Airports 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 - In 2012 the 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 this .pdf file HERE.

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.

 

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.

 

 

An Airport List Follows:

Apple Valley Airport

Bakersfield Municipal - Rocket café at Bakersfield Muni (L45) is closed- up for sale. Bummer ! Used to take my instrument students to shoot the ILS at Meadows, then “break left” and perform the RNAV into L45, and have lunch ……Reported to SCAUWG.ORG by: RS, FAAST Rep..  12/07/2020

Big Bear Airport Website

BAA POC Twr Hours change-Eml-1 May 2020 Update

Brackett Airport KPOC Noise Abatement Program

Cable Airport Suggested Pattern

Catalina - Airport in the Sky - ACE Clearwater Airfield - re-opens MAY 25

Catalina Reopened! See it Here

Chino Airport & Rnwy PowerPoint

Chino Airport Runway Safety Video

Chino Airport traffic Pattern conflict with Ontario Class C

Chino Airport SoCal Pilots Association to be revived - Read about it in this newsletter

Chino - 11/06/2019 -  regarding the recent new SoCal Pilots Association debut meeting - "The meeting at Chino went well. Only had about 20 come. Had a new member join, and most seemed interested and supportive. It was a good draw to have the FAA brass (Dr. Paul Foster FAA FPM Riverside) speak. George has done a good job pulling it together. However, Chino will not have another meeting until after the first… due to holidays and Christmas party December 7th." - quote from SoCal Association member in attendance.

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) Safety Videos

Denver Metroplex Project Environmental Website

Fullerton Airport KFUL Pilot Guide and Noise Abatement Program

Gillespie Field - Pilot & Airport_Resource_Guide_PDF

Gillespie Field NOTAMs - Issued 7/12/2020  - IMPORTANT LINKS:  Check your NOTAMs - Download the Pilot Safety Card - 27L T&G VNAP - Helo Pioneer Pattern

Hawthorne Rnwy Closures  Sept / Oct 2019 update 

Hawthorne PILOT GUIDE & NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES  PDF

Hawthorne Airport Noise Fact Sheet  PDF

Hawthorne Airport Questions & Answers  PDF

Hawthorne Airport - Timeline of recent Efforts to Reduce Noise  PDF 

Hayward Executive Airport Runway Safety Vignette

Hollywood Burbank Airport Info and Noise Issue Data

Honolulu International Airport Runway Safety Video

John Wayne Orange County Runway Safety Video

John Wayne Airport - ACI Jet FBO Info & More

John Wayne Airport Improvement Plan - Read about it in this SoCal Pilots' Newsletter

John Wayne Airport - SoCal Pilots March 2020 Newsletter

LAX - Planning Calendar - Closures

LGB_OperationsAdvisoryBulletin_2018-07

LGB Suggested Helicopter Arrival/Departure Routes videoed in-flight HERE

LGB LRSAT 2018 (Runway Safety Action Team) Mtg. - PowerPoint - Filled w/Runway Safety Definitions & Airport Runway Safety Data

Los Alamitos Army Airfield - Joint Forces Training Base - Unofficial Homepage:  http://www.aircav.com/sli.html

Marana Regional (KAVQ).  - The July 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/

Palomar Airport CRQ - 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.

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

Reid-Hillview Airport - San Jose - ARTICLE re: Potential Closure and FAA position - Read it Here

SBD 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

SBD Proposed Approach Comments and Details

SBD Dec 2019 Additional INFO re:  UPS Proposed Approach

San Diego County Airports - CLICK HERE

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

Santa Monica KSMO_Airport_Notice

Santa Monica KSMO 6/31/19 Runway Destruction Notice

Santa Paula Airport Arrival Information

San Jose Reid Hillview Notice re Month of MAY

Tucson AZ TUS - Airport General Information

Tucson AZ TUS - Phase 1 taxiway rehab - possibly starts Nov. 4 - DETAILS Here

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

Tucson AZ TUS - runway Safety Video - details HotSpots - 4 Min Version (Brand New)

Van Nuys Airport Runway Safety Video

Van Nuys General Info www.iFlyVNY.com

Van Nuys Airport Noise Restrictions

Van Nuys Airport LAWA Published Preferred Helicopter Routes

Van Nuys Airport - EARLY IFR TURN upon Departure -BIG PROBLEM -Read More Here

Van Nuys Taxiway / Runway Closures & Construction Target Dates

KVNY / LAWA "FLIGHT TRACKS" Newsletter (issued quarterly) - ACCESS it HERE

KVNY REPORTS  NO RUNWAY/TAXIWAY INCURSIONS IN 2018 - READ IT HERE