Friday, October 17, 2008

On Vacation

I am currently on vacation and will return in 1 week. I still have access to a computer so any aircraft movements are welcome.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Long Beach Aviation Friends Meeting 10-8-08

Last night the second meting of the Long Beach Aviation Friends was held and there was a fair turn out of people, not as many as the first meeting but good none the less. Christine Edwards, Assisstant Airport Manager, talked about the construction of the new terminal and parking garage that are being planned.

The airport is hoping that the economic markets settle by spring which will be about the time they go out to try and get bond funding to help pay for this. She also mentioned that application openings for the position of Airport Manager closed last week and they would now start sorting through the applicants to try and find someone to fill the position. Christine also mentioned that she will be leaving the airport within the next 12 months which was shocking news to most of us at the meeting as she had been tight lipped about this and therefore did not apply for Airport Manager.

Kevin McAchren of Airserv talked about the history of Airserv, what the company does and some of his experiences at Long Beach Airport. Kevin has been around the airport since the late 1960's and started Airserv in the early 1970's.

This was followed by a video on Douglas at Long Beach which showed the airplanes that were manufactured here, how many and during what time they were built and delivered. This was a great video produced by Boeing.

Last speaker of the night was Dennis Lord who was representing Wings Over Long Beach. This will be a static display of aircraft along with an aerospace exhibition and job fair. This is in support of the USAF's Air Force Week Los Angeles. Price for general admission will be $10 on Nov 15-16 from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at

Long Beach to Portland flights begin today

JetBlue Airways today starts service from LGB to PDX with 1 flight a day. Starting Nov 2, a second daily flight will be added to the network. Portland becomes the 13th destination from Long Beach that JetBlue flys to and on October 18th, San Francisco flights start from LGB.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday 10-6-08

The C-17 that was parked by the control tower was towed over to the C-17 yard.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: VP-BLR.

Sunday 10-5-08

Flight Options Embraer E135 N913LX arrived as OPT913 from SMO at 4:10pm and parked at Signature. The plane departed as OPT913 to 2Q3 (Yolo County- Davis/Woodland/Winters) at 5:13pm.

There is an Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter parked at Signature. The registration is N217AC.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N211HS.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

McCain-Palin E-190 visits LGB

JetBlue Airways Embraer E-190 N239JB which is carring McCain-Palin titles and flying Sara Palin around arrived from DEN yesterday at 1:45pm and parked at Signature. The plane departed this morning around 9:40am to SFO.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday 10-3-08

Alaska Airlines 737-4Q8 N706AS "Make A Wish" Genie Disney plane arrived as the RON plane tonight.

Netjets G550 N528QS arrived at 7:38pm from BFI and parked at Gulfstream.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N609GA (Netjets c/s), VP-CGN, VP-BBO, N522QS, 01 (Coast Guard).

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thursday 10-2-08

Swift Air 737-4B7 N737DX arrived at 6:07pm from PHX as SWQ737. They brought in the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team. It ferried to LAX at 7:16pm as SWQ737.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N413GA (green), N369JB - departed Gulfstream at 2:53pm to HWD.