News May 2011

Created on Friday, 20 May 2011 Written by Super User

What can you say about the weather…recently it has been great!  Great for flying, great for getting things done in your yard, and great for getting the airport mowed…mission accomplished for the first time this year, the whole airport has been mowed.


Photo Sue Gullickson


Above, the first cutting, Ron on the ‘Yanmar’ on a perfect no wind cool day. We plan to get one more cutting in prior to the hot fire danger season later in the year, maybe two cuttings.


Photo Ron Gullickson


The picture above is of a nest of Killdeer, three eggs waiting to hatch.  The mother bird caught my eye, using the broken wing look to lure me and the tractor away from the nest.  I stopped and looked around for the nest so as not to disturb it.  When I found it, I just made a mental note of the location and went about the mowing.  On the return trip, there was the mother bird again looking wounded to lure me away.  Again I maneuvered the tractor away from the nest, as the mother watched.  On the next time around, the mother bird sat on the nest as I approached with the tractor, this time remaining on the nest and watching me.  She just sat there as I went by, looking at me as if to say, “thanks and I trust you will not bother us with the mowing”, and I didn’t!  Just another example of spring!


Photo Ron Gullickson


As I write this article, the above photo of the Enloe Life Flight helicopter makes its third medivac departure from the Rancho Tehama runway in the past 18 hours.  Living here at the ranch has many advantages, two of which are the runway and medical helicopter transport insurance.  Without the insurance, a medical transport by helicopter runs in the tens of thousands of dollars.  The runway is of particular importance for medivac operations, in that it provides a safe landing zone, especially at night.  This morning at 5:29 am, a medivac helicopter landed at the airport, again safely in their touch down zone at the west end of the runway.  You may receive information on medivac insurance at the Rancho Tehama Association office.


To help maintain the runway as a safe place for aircraft operations, upkeep and routine maintenance is necessary.  We do receive donations of the orange windsocks.  The windsock at the west end of the airport was donated by Mercy Medivac.  The other windsock located on the north side of the runway at mid field was donated by Chevron.  We believe that Enloe will soon be involved in our donation plans for the continuous effort to keep the runway in top condition for safety!


Photo Sue Gullickson


Seen above replacing the faded windsock with the donated new one is from left: Doug Dugger (airport manager); Ron Gullickson; and Bill Massey.


Photo Sue Gullickson


Arriving in time to assist with the lifting and placing the windsock pole in the pipe holder was Steve Barnes…thanks guys!


April 30 was a good day!  Leading off was the gathering of volunteers at Elder Creek Park to generate some fun for kids and a chance to promote a favorite community asset.  Among the groups represented were the Community Foundation, Old Time Fire Fighters, Fun for Kids, and the Airport Pilots.  The pilots’ table, manned by Ron Gullickson and Bill Massey, sold tickets for two airplane rides.  Not many tickets were sold, which was indicative of the number of people that did not take advantage of a good community event.  However, we did draw tickets for the two winners and Rosa Mendoza won both rides!  Twenty-five dollars was collected for the drawing and all the proceeds were given to Janice Menzies for the Community Foundation.


Following the Ducky Derby, the “Friends of the Airport” meeting was held in the hangar of Ernst and Gabriela Freitag.  Nearly twenty-five people were in attendance and I presume all had a good time.  After introductions, Bill Massey conducted the meeting covering several items on the agenda.  Bill reviewed the runway mowing, weed spraying (by Bill Massey), the web site (Ernst Freitag, Gary Stofer, and Jim Zimmer), the mowing (by Jim Zimmer) of the runway adjacent to his property.  Kudos to all our volunteers!  A little pride in our community airport is a good thing!  The Board Directors Tom Gano and Roy Johnson were thanked for their support. The budget for the year, runway property, and the new pizza store, and volunteers were discussed prior to adjourning. Roy Johnson is a Master Gardener, and is heading up the development of the community garden behind the office, and could use some help planting…give him a call (or the office) if you have a green thumb or would just like to help by playing in the dirt!


Photo Ron Gullickson


If you live on the ranch and have an interest or passion about one of the ranch amenities, organize, get volunteers with the same interest and make improvements…this will make the ranch a better place for all of us!  If we don’t do it, it won’t get done!


“We who fly do so for the love of flying.  We are alive in the air with this miracle that lies in our hands and beneath our feet.”

Cecil Day Lewis (1904-1972) poet.



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