The Diablo Aviator Newsletter

Simulated Live Fire Training at Buchanan Field
Crews with the Contra Costa County Airports Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF), the Fire Protection District, the Sheriff's Office, the Office of Emergency Services and other mutual aid agencies participated in simulated live fire training exercises at Buchanan Field the week of October 7th. The training is invaluable for all participants as it provides an opportunity for the mutual aid agencies to train together.  In addition to fighting a fire around the exterior of the aircraft, firefighters faced hazards inside the mobile unit where theatrical smoke simulated the confusion they might experience in a real situation.
New County Website
Contra Costa County has launched a new website or “virtual office” to assist the public. See the fresh new look, mobile-friendly design, and more on the Airports' website at
Common Traffic Advisory Frequency Change
The Byron Airport common traffic frequency (CTAF) should be a little clearer as of August 15, 2019. That was the date that the new Nut Tree CTAF was officially published and activated by the FAA.

In 2018, the Nut Tree Airport undertook a review and survey of the seven (7) available radio frequencies to identify the best option and revise their CTAF to improve operations and safety. Unfortunately, the revised CTAF identified by the Nut Tree Airport was the same as the Byron Airport CTAF, which led to increased radio interference for pilots. To resolve the issue, both Airport Managers worked diligently with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Communications Commission to have a new additional frequency available for Nut Tree and remove the frequency conflict between the two airports.
Upcoming Airport Events
Santa Claus is flying into Buchanan Field Airport on December 7th at 10:00AM. The event is FREE and anyone wishing to take a picture with Santa is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item and/or donation for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Santa will arrive, outside, on the east side of the Airport behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel (45 John Glenn Drive, Concord, CA). For questions, please contact the Airport at 925-681-4200. For more information on this fun event, please visit our website at
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