Saturday, June 08, 2013

Napa County Airport (KAPC), California: Obsolete flight school sign removed

More than a year and a half after Napa County Airport’s flying school changed its name, the old brand has finally been removed from a nearby billboard.

County workers last month whitewashed a sign advertising Bridgeford Flying Services to motorists on southbound Highway 29, airport manager Martin Pehl said Thursday.

The county Roads Division on May 2 sent a cherry-picker lift to the billboard, which became obsolete in September 2011 when Bridgeford renamed itself the Napa Jet Center, according to Pehl.

Despite the flight school’s re-branding and its presence on county-owned property, airport staff had been unable to immediately change the billboard, which stands on a privately owned plot. A Minneapolis firm, SA Challenger Inc., acquired the site in foreclosure last September and allowed the county onto the property to remove the Bridgeford ad.

An earlier attempt to take down the ad failed in December because the rain-softened ground proved too unstable to support heavy equipment.

The whitewashed Highway 29 billboard remains standing, and Pehl said the airport has no immediate plans for the site.


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