Airport Report April 2014

Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of April 2014 there were 122 operations.  There were 2 medivac operations during April 2014.  This represented a large increase in traffic over April of 2013.  This was true even with many days with high winds.

We are now part of the official “Rancho Tehama Spring Fling.”  On May 17th, right after the ‘Red Neck Rubber Ducky Derby’, we will hold the 7th annual “Friends of the Rancho Tehama Airport.”  Our focus remains on airport safety and runway improvement.  The surface at this point after five 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.  We are glad that Ron Gullickson is back in top physical shape this spring, and is mowing away.  Ron and Ernst Frietag have 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 February 2014

Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of February 2014 there were 50 operations.  There were 2 medevac operations during February 2014.   February is a short and usually a wet and windy month.  This month finally got us some rain and cloudy day which usually slows flying down.

 A reminder for all, and an invitation to all that there will be a meeting of the Friends of the Rancho Tehama Airport on May 17 immediately following the ‘Redneck Rubber Ducky Derby’.  We will meet at 1:30PM at Woody and Carol Harris’s hangar on Wilco Way.  If you like airplanes and airports, you will be among friends.  This is our annual planning session for maintaining our airport.

 Our volunteers have been getting ready for grass to grow and mowing to begin.  As usual at this time of year, we are in the process of getting the entire perimeter of the runway sprayed for weed abatement.  This will help a lot when grass starts growing.  We are also spot spraying as weeds grow in the runway.

 We’re ready to mow, but we could use some more rain first!

Airport Report January 2014

Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of January 2014 there were 39 operations. Happily there were no medivac operations during January 2014.  The month of January 2014 had reasonable weather for flying, and even with good weather this is a reduction from 2013.

With the lack of rain, weeds and grasses have not been growing.  Because of this we have held off spraying until there are signs of growth.  This is indeed an unusual year and our spraying will be dictated by rain.

We are now in the planning stages for the Friends of the Airport celebration.  This will take place Saturday afternoon on May 17, 2014.  We will advise as more details become available.

Airport Report December 2013

Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of December 2013 there were 39 operations.  There were 2 medivac operations during December 2013.   In addition there were 4 fire operations during the month. This is about average for December considering weather and holidays.

The runway was seal coated in the fall and is in good shape.   The runway is has been striped and is in good shape if we ever get some rain.
 
At this time, a summation and analysis of operations for 2013 is presented, with a comparison to 2012.  During 2012 there were 656 operations and 100 medivacs at our airport.  During 2013 there were 705 operations and 52 medivacs, as well as 12 Fire operations and 9 Law Enforcement operations. This represents an increase in operations of about 7%.  We would anticipate an increase both in population as well as an increasing numbers of our community that are involved with aviation.  And finally it is nice to know that public service aviation such as CALFIRE and CHP both use our runway, and regularly fly over our runway as a continuing safety feature.

And starting with a happy note for 2014 is that fact that there is a new home and hangar going in on the south side of the runway.

Airport Report November 2013

Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

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During the month of November 2013 there were 58 flight operations at our airport.  There were 2 medivac operations and 4 Law Enforcement operations during November 2013.  This represents a steady increase in the use of our airport.

 Maintenance for the airport is now in a winter pattern.  We are doing some weed control and miner maintenance.   Over Thanksgiving week, Darrell Behney, Ron Gullickson, and Bill Massey put in 21 hours of volunteer time to stripe the runway.  Looks beautiful, and satisfies CALTRANS division of Aeronautics. 

This is the last airport report before we turn the page to 2014.  So, may we all have a wonderful Holiday Season, and grand 2014!

Airport Report October 2013

Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

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During the month of October 2013 there were 48 flight operations at our airport.  There were 4 medivac operations during October 2013.  This represents a rather typical October, which is usually the end of the flying season.

 The recent grading of the non-runway airport surfaces has leveled and improved drainage which will be beneficial in the coming rainy season.  But it also exposed many rocks which would damage mower blades next spring when we mow the grass areas.  On October 13, 14 volunteers worked to clear these rocks.   The area of the airport where rocks were exposed were walked, and the rocks removed by hand.  There were over 6,000 pounds of rocks removed from the surface.  These rocks were then used to rip-rap the intakes of the catchment basins to stop erosion.  Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to improving our airport and our community!

 

On Friday October 18 our runway was once again fog coated.  This process is done annually to retain the integrity of the chip seal coating for the surface.  Striping of the airport will begin shortly and will continue until finished.  There have been some changes suggested by Cal Trans Division of Aeronautics and these will be incorporated with the new striping.

 

Winter is coming, and we are getting the airport 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 successful year at the airport.  

Airport Report September 2013

Created on Saturday, 05 October 2013 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of September 2013 there were 60 flight operations at our airport.  There were no medivac operations during September 201.   This represents a fairly normal level of traffic for our runway, with each year showing a slight increase.

During this month the Airport Volunteers are holding a ‘Rock Party.’  As a result of the leveling of the maintained infield of the airport, many rocks have been exposed.  These rocks need to be removed in order to avoid damage to our mowing equipment next spring.  We are planning a work party of about 6 people to remove the rocks and stack them on the north trail.  Eventually the rocks will be used to line and delineate the north trail

With cooler weather we are seeing more people take advantage of the opportunity to walk around the airport.  A full lap around the airport trails is approximately one and one half miles.  This is a pleasant walk, and a good chance to get some exercise.  We encourage anyone who wants to enjoy this walk to come on down to the airport and get a little exercise.

Maintenance of the runway and airport is now getting ready for winter.  We are working on getting a fog coat for the runway surface.  In the meantime spot spraying and pick up is ongoing.

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