Airport Report Nov 2016

Created on Friday, 24 February 2017 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of November 2016 there were 20 flight operations at our airport.  There were 2 medevac operations during November 2016.  This represents a fairly predictable use of our runway given weather and time of the year.  During November 2016 we had about the same amount of rain as last year, but actually had 6 more operations.

Maintenance for the airport is now in a winter pattern.  With the rain at the end of last month and early this month, plus some occasional sunshine we are spraying for lots of weeds.  The runway is now buttoned up and ready for the winter with the exception of constant spraying.

 This is the last airport report before we turn the page to 2017.  So, may we all have a wonderful Holiday Season, and grand 2017!

Airport Report June 2016

Created on Friday, 08 July 2016 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of June 2016 there were 48 flight operations.  There were no medevac operations and no fire suppression operations during June 2016.  This is about the same as the last two years, but with a pretty wet winter it is nice to not have the fire report of the last two years.

 Thank You Doug Dugger, Ed Pitman, Gary Stofer, Dennis Saunders, Jay Lobdell, Lou Beitz, Donnie Kroslowitz and Darrell Behney for mowing the entire airport property!  On Monday June 13th in one day the whole airport got mowed, and a special Thank You to Marnie Beitz and Station 13 for having equipment standing by in case of fire.  The entire operation went as planned.  Thanks guys!

 June is pretty much the end of the mowing season, and this year was no exception.  But spraying for Goat’s Heads has been a big project this year.  For whatever reason these tire puncturing weeds are having a banner year.  Spraying this year is taking more time and materials.

 Starting in June, many of our pilots go on extended flights.  This year is no exception with local aircraft heading east and north.  With few fires and little smoke in northern California and states to the north, it is an excellent time of year for cross country flying.

Airport Report May 2016

Created on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of May 2016 there were 36 flight operations.  There were 4 medevac operations. During May 2016 there have been persistent weather problems and despite that, we are seeing increases in traffic.

May 2016 has been a more ‘normal’ spring month weather-wise for our airport.  We have had rain, wind and some very warm days.  There is still water in Elder Creek, and there is still a little snow left on the highest portions of the Yollo Bolla Mountains.  All of this adds up to a normal spring month with reduced opportunities for flying.  Even the Corning EAA chapter was not able to complete their Young Eagles event of flying kids due to weather concerns.

Maintenance on the airport at this time of year is fairly minimal.  For the most part mowing is done and the grass has quit growing.  There is still a little mowing on the edges of the runway, but nothing major.  Weed control for stickers is still going on.  There are plants such as “Goats Heads” that do not grow and bloom until June.  We patrol for these and spray them as quickly as we find them.

Airport Report April 2016

Created on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of April 2016 there were 62 operations.  There were 2 medivac operations during April 2016.  This represented a more normal April than we had last year as well as the traffic for our annual celebrations.  This was true even with many days with high winds, and even a rainy day or two.

April 16th was the third annual “Rancho Tehama Spring Fling.” 2016 marks the ninth annual Friends of the Airport.  This year’s ‘Friends’ was a great success with the BBQ and party held this year in Doug Dugger’s hangar.  A great time was had by all including many local residents and visiting aircraft from throughout northern California.  Owing to heavy winds south and west of Rancho Tehama, it precluded flights by some pilots who wanted to be here.  We are again grateful for the participation of the Enloe helicopter crew.  Enloe certainly appreciates our runway, and has been a great support of the Rancho Tehama friends of the Airport.

 Mowing and weed control are an ongoing venture.  Darrell Behney has done an excellent job of cutting the grass down to size.   There has also been a complete spraying of the runway boundaries.  With luck, this will be the last mowing that is necessary for this year.  Spraying of course will continue as needed.

Airport Report March 2016

Created on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of March 2016 there were 6 operations.  There were no medivac operations during March 2016.  There were 12 Law Enforcement operations during March 2016.  This was an unusually low number of operations, but with the large number of rainy days in March it is to be expected.

“Rancho Tehama Spring Fling” is set for Saturday April 16th.   Right after the ‘Red Neck Rubber Ducky Derby’, we will hold the 9th annual “Friends of the Rancho Tehama Airport.”  We will start at 1:30PM and go the rest of the afternoon.  Our focus remains on airport safety and runway improvement.  Because it is early spring, we will have the edges of the runway and parking areas mowed.  Later in the spring we will mow the entire airport after the grass has stopped growing.   The surface of our runway at this point after six years of fog coating during each fall appears to be in ever improving condition.  Improving the drainage is also front and center.  Mowing and weed control are an ongoing venture.  There has also been a complete spraying of the runway boundaries.  While we will still have some mowing to do, spraying of course will continue as needed.

Remember that this year, our “Friends of the Rancho Tehama Airport” event will be at Dugger’s hangar on the south side of the runway.  Come join us Saturday April 16th for food, fun, and camaraderie with all the folks who love our Airport!

Airport Report January 2016

Created on Thursday, 04 February 2016 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of January 2016 there were 4 operations and there were 2 medevac operations in January 2016.  The month of January 2016 with El Nino rains did not have reasonable weather for flying.

 With all the rain, weeds and grasses have not been growing.  But in anticipation of weeds, we are ready to resume spraying as soon as the weather dictates.  This is indeed an unusual year and our maintenance will be dictated by the rain.

 We are now in the planning stages for the Friends of the Airport celebration.  This will take place Saturday afternoon on April 16, 2016.  We will advise as more details become available.

Airport Report October 2015

Created on Saturday, 07 November 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of October 2015 there were 14 flight operations at our airport.  There were no medevac operations during October 2014, and no Law Enforcement operations.  This represents a decrease in October traffic, which is usually the end of the flying season.

 We have gotten a little more rain in October than is usual.  This tends to keep the operations to a minimum.  But it also increases the value of the bad weather operations for emergency flights.   Without the runway in bad weather, there are simply times when a helicopter cannot land without the assurance of the runway facilities.

 Thankfully it looks like winter is coming, and the airport is now ready for the cold and rain.  As soon as it rains, we will once again be in the spraying business.  I think all of us are happy to have had a very safe and successful year at the airport.

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