Monday, May 19, 2014

Air show and fires increase air activity in San Bernardino

Air Ops at San Bernardino Tanker Base in support of the Wildfire outbreak in San Diego County. 

The San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) saw an increase of aviation activity this past weekend as the airport helped in air support for fire fighting efforts against the San Diego fires and an air show in Redlands.

Mark Gibbs, SBIA deputy director of aviation, said that while air traffic ebbs and flows at the airport according to the pilots' activities this past weekend was a busy streak.

The U.S. Forest Service operates a fire fighting tanker base at the airport which had about eight planes flying in and out during the fire fighting efforts in San Diego with the busiest days on Thursday and Friday, Gibbs estimated.

The airport was also supporting about a dozen planes for the Hanger 24 Air Fest in Redlands on Friday and Saturday.

Gibbs also explained that while the Forest Service tankers were flying their usual patterns the air show planes were a different animal as they are likely to be flying at unusual altitudes for longer periods of time which may have been noticed by Highland residents.

Attendees of the fifth annual Community Action Partnership Gala and Art show got an up-close view of the activity as the event was held in the SBIA terminal on Friday evening.


North Texas pilots prepare for world's largest aviation convention

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Preparations are underway for the worlds largest aviation convention, AirVenture, held in Oshkosh Wisconsin the last week of July. News 12 spent Sunday with a North Texas group of pilots who are perfecting their formation flight right here in Texoma. 

One week, more than 10,000 airplanes.

"For five days it's the busiest airport in the world," said Wayne Collins of the Experimental Aviation Academy's AirVenture convention at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It's the world's largest aviation celebration.

Collins started the group "Bonanzas to Oshkosh" in 1990.

"There's camping on the field, and the way you get your spot is as you land, you get a camping spot," said Collins.

First come, first serve. Collins and his friends wanted to camp together, so they flew in in a loose formation.

"We landed together and we camped together," he said.

In 2001, B-2-Osh started nation-wide formation training clinics.

"There was no way to get formation training for covered airplanes. The only formation training was in war birds, so we found a way to get several people trained in formation flying," said Collins.

Now, each year, nearly 100 pilots fly their bonanzas to meet in Rockford, Illinois, and then fly in to Oshkosh together, creating the worlds largest civilian aircraft formation.

The North Texas group started training at NTRA-Perrin Field in 2001.

"The runway here is almost the same dimensions as the runway at the Oshkosh convention," said Michael Parrish.

Parrish organized this weekend's formation clinic. He says the North Texas Regional Airport is the perfect place to practice.

"It's far enough away from the metropolitan area, they've got a control tower here--the control tower guys are wonderful to work with, and then plenty of flight area around here," said Parrish.

After briefing, the B-2-Osh group of 13 planes participated in an Oshkosh simulation.

Parish says they will hold an advanced formation clinic later this week. 

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Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey: Wings and Wheels Air Expo at Teterboro Airport (KTEB)

WINGS AND WHEELS AIR EXPO - 2014 - (Father's Day Weekend)

A family event featuring WW II Airplanes, helicopters and other unique aircraft, Military Vehicles, vintage and contemporary Show Cars and Live Entertainment. Guests of Honor and special features for kids as well as contests, interesting exhibitions, unique vendors and food concessions.

See from a previous year show photos.

Donation: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $8, Under 3 FREE. Veterans (proudly wearing a veterans cap of any kind), and Active Duty Military (with I.D.) FREE.

Gates open to the public 9:00 a.m.


Wings Over North Georgia too Feature US Air Force Thunderbirds, Night Show in October

The 2014 Wings Over North Georgia air show will take to the skies at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in Rome five months from now.  The third annual air show is set for October 18th and 19th.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds will be the headlining act for this year’s Wings Over North Georgia airshow.  John Cowman, President of JLC Airshow Management, the company which presents the air show, is excited about bringing the Thunderbirds and their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Rome.

Cowman enthuses that this year’s airshow will feature night performances that will be capped off with fireworks.

Find more information about the 2014 Wings Over North Georgia, including a performer line up and special ticket offers, online at