Thursday, December 27, 2018

San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD) continues economic development

The San Bernardino International Airport saw several significant developments bring increased air traffic and aviation-related business this year.

According to reports made by Aviation Director Mark Gibbs, 2017 was the third year of dramatic growth with 2018 projected to continue the trend.

Since 2014 the airport’s aircraft activity has grown from 29,344 operations (takeoffs and landings), to 40,217 in 2015, 47,780 in 2016 to 57,639 in 2017. This year’s numbers will not be available until early 2019.

Air cargo saw great gains as the airport signed contracts with FedEx and UPS this year. UPS increased its flights during the busy holiday season from four a week in 2016 to 18 flights a week in 2017.

In June, the airport signed a 10-year, $25,000 per month lease (with 5-year extension option) to bring FedEx to the airport’s Hangar 795.

The hangar required extensive remodeling and the installation of cargo sorting equipment, which was completed in time for FedEx’s Oct. 1 move-in date.

The airport also saw growth in several of the aviation-related businesses taking residence on or near the airport.

Unical MRO, aircraft disassembly and parts services, resides in 250,000-square-feet of hangar space and 42 acres of parking and storage space, and is in the process of expanding its footprint by 24 acres.

The airport’s steady growth in flight activity necessitated upgrading the airport’s FAA airspace status to Part-139 Class I. The new commercial airspace status required the airport to meet new regulations for emergency preparation, training and qualification.

To meet these requirements the airport, with San Bernardino County Fire, held its first live mass-casualty emergency simulation on Feb. 28.

The simulation took months to organize and tested the preparation and cooperation of approximately 300 first responders from more than 20 local agencies.

The exercise simulated an airliner crash on the runway with the assistance of paramedic students portraying victims with varying degrees of injury.

The simulated exercises will now be held once every three years, per Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

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