The San Bernardino County Department of Airports plans, organizes and directs the County's airport and aviation system to provide high quality aviation facilities and services in a safe and efficient manner, optimizing the benefit to the communities and citizens of the county.
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Summer 2019
APV Duel in the Desert
The Los Angeles Aerobatic Club, International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Chapter 49 held the 2019 Aerobatic Contest, Dual in the Desert, on May 3rd and 4th at Apple Valley Airport.

IAC is the world's largest aerobatic club, promoting and enhancing the safety and enjoyment of aerobatics. The Los Angeles Chapter 49 has held their annual contest at APV for almost 20 years. Their goal is to spread growth, knowledge and enthusiasm thought the sport of Aerobatics.

IAC-49 welcomes all aviation enthusiast to be a part of their cause. Their contest is held every May at APV and is free and open for the public to watch.

Here are some pictures in case you missed it, but be sure to come out and enjoy next May!

For more information, visits the IAC Chapter 49 Facebook page.
Special Focus Runway Safety Action Team meeting Held
SCE Safety Training at CNO
Helicopters landing at CNO.
Photo credit: Elisa Ferrari
SCE Chief Pilot TC Correl
Photo credit: Elisa Ferrari
Seminar about helicopters and wires
About a year ago, Torbjorn "TC" Correl, chief pilot for Southern California Edison Air Operations, began organizing an electronic wire avoidance training seminar for helicopter pilots.

TC has been a senior manager with SCE for over 14 years and says wire strikes are among the deadliest and most common accidents in the industry. With the support of Edison and the Department of Airports, he began outreach to local first responder agencies as well as pilot training agencies. He was soon getting responses from agencies throughout the entire region.

On a beautiful partly cloudy day in this April, 18 helicopters gathered and more than 140 first responders attended this inaugural annual seminar hosted by SCE at Chino Airport.

Be on the look out for information on next year's seminar. In the meantime, click on the link below for a video and article by SCE about this event.
Henry Martinez
2019 Award for Excellence
Congratulations, Henry!
Airport Maintenance Supervisor, Henry Martinez was recently recognized by the Board of Supervisors for receiving a 2019 Award for Excellence.

Congratulations and thank you, Henry, for your dedication to the Department of Airports and the County of San Bernardino.

Congratulations, Mitch!
Mitch Kisner began his career with the County in September 1996, as an Airport Maintenance Worker. In 2010, Mr. Kisner was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. Mitch recently retired and he and his wife, Jan, have plans to relocate to Wyoming in the coming year, once Jan retires in January.

Thank you for dedication and hard work over the years, Mitch! We wish Mitch and Jan the best on their exciting new chapter!

ADS-B Phaseout
Time is of the essence!

The deadline to comply with the FAA ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) is quickly approaching: January 1, 2020!

The FAA has made it clear that it will NOT extend this date, so be sure to have the proper equipment installed before then. Visit the FAA ADS-B page for more information.
FAA Video Offers Runway Safety Tips for California’s Chino Airport

An FAA-produced video series aims to ensure pilots understand the unique runway safety challenges that exist at several general aviation airports. One such video focuses on three issues atChino Airport (CNO) in Southern California: runway incursion hotspots, wrong runway operations and flight training operations.

CNO has several hotspots due to its challenging runway and taxi configuration. After exiting Runway 26L at Taxiway L, pilots will encounter Hotspot 2. When cleared to cross Runway 21, pilots should continue westbound on Taxiway L and avoid turning right onto Runway 21, where they risk entering Runway 26R.

“After crossing Runway 21, pilots should identify and turn onto Taxiway D or K as instructed by air traffic control,” said Joe Santoro, runway safety program manager for the FAA’s Western Pacific region. “If pilots are instructed to use Taxiway K but instead turn right onto Taxiway D, they will quickly approach the Runway 26R hold lines. At that high-energy segment of the runway, a departing or arriving aircraft is less maneuverable to avoid an aircraft that overshoots the hold lines.”

Taxiways that lead out of ramps and directly connect to a runway -- or where the parallel taxiways of the two intersecting runways cross -- can lead to pilots entering the runway if they miss the turn onto their assigned taxiway. If pilots, when coming out of the ramp onto Taxiway K, miss the turn onto Taxiway A, they will end up on Runway 26R.  

Pilots arriving at CNO are also at risk of committing a wrong runway landing. The Runway 26R threshold is staggered about 2,000 feet west of Runway 26L. “To avoid landing on the wrong runway, pilots should read back their landing clearance and visually identify the correct runway,” Santoro said.
                                                                                         
At CNO, which is a busy training airport, flight instructors should not wait too long to take over an aircraft to ensure clearances are adhered to. On solo flights, students should stay “student pilot” on all transmissions to ATC and should not hesitate to use their pilot-in-command authority by asking ATC for help or clarification or by advising “unable” when necessary.

CNO has a diverse mix of traffic and pilot experience, including general aviation aircraft, flight training, helicopters, corporate jets and historic aircraft, and we are working closely with all airport users to improve safety.

Recently the airport has seen a rise in vehicle and pedestrian deviations (VPDs) into the movement area from the ramp. All yellow hold lines have been repainted to include glass beads and enhanced with black paint. This issue is not unique to CNO. To minimize VPDs, the airport is raising awareness with its users and tenants to exercise more vigilance while driving or walking and when escorting visitors. We all must do our part to continue improving safety, and we appreciate the FAA’s efforts to increase pilot awareness at CNO.

About Us
The County of San Bernardino Department of Airports provides for the management, maintenance and operation of six county-owned airports. We also assist San Bernardino County private and municipal airport operators with planning, interpretation, and implementation of FAA general aviation requirements.

Our administrative office is located at 777 E. Rialto Ave, San Bernardino, in the heart of the picturesque San Bernardino Valley, approximately 60 miles east of the city of Los Angeles. The rugged natural beauty of San Bernardino County, from its awe-inspiring mountains to its vast expanses of colorful desert, makes it the aviator's destination of choice.

Airport Commissioners:
   Jim Bagley, Desert At Large, Chair  |  Roy Cox, 5th District
 Christine Canepa, 2nd District  |  William Smith, 3rd District
Ray Marquez, 4th District  |  Larry Asmus, Valley At Large