Airport Report July 2013

Created on Sunday, 18 August 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

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During the month of July 2013 there were 87 flight operations.  There were 6 medivac operations, and 8 fire suppression operations during July 2013.  With the exception of the fire suppression ops, these represent a fairly normal pattern for our runway this time of year.  It is also note worthy that over the last several years this represents an increase in the number operations each year.


Maintenance this time of year is fairly low key.  We do some week spraying and trash removal.  Almost anything that is loose and can be wind born will come to our runway, so the trash removal is an ongoing maintenance item.


With the fall season approaching, the volunteers at the airport will start pulling rocks off of the newly leveled infield.  These rocks will be used to line the edges of the North trail.  We hope to have most of this completed by the end of November.  This will also serve us well next spring when we will need to mow.

Airport Report June 2013

Created on Sunday, 07 July 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of June 2013 there were 50 flight operations.  There were 6 medivac operations during June 2013.  In addition to the normal operations for our runway, we had one law enforcement operation.

 June is pretty much the end of the mowing season, and this year was no exception.  The leveling and drainage improvement removed much of the grass which will not come back until next year.  There is always weed control being done and the Airport Volunteers are accomplishing that on a regular basis.

 Starting in June, many of our pilots go on extended flights.  This year is no exception with local aircraft heading east and north.

Airport Report May 2013

Created on Monday, 03 June 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of May 2013 there were 74 flight operations.  There were no medivac operations, and two Law Enforcement operations during May 2013.  The weather for May of 2013 included many days of heavy cross winds which reduces the amount of flying that gets done.  But even with weather conditions less than ideal, we are seeing the usual increase in air traffic that comes with the spring and summer.

CHP touching down

May 18th saw the third annual Ducky Derby, and the sixth annual Friends of the Airport.  This year’s ‘Friends’ was a great success with the BBQ and party held in Carol and Woody Harris’  barn.  A great time was had by all including many local residents and 9 visiting aircraft from throughout northern California.  Part of the attraction was a CHP Cessna 206 which was here as part of a training mission.   It was also an opportunity for all of us to get a first hand glimpse at the the CHP’s ‘eye in the sky.’  Plans are already in the works for the 2014 event.

Many residents have been asking what all of the work on the airport that has gone on for the last week is accomplishing.  Three maintenance items have been accomplished.  First is further improvement of the drainage system.  This is an ongoing improvement that has been needed for some time.  Second is the improvement of the walking trails around the airport.  We are happy to report that there are increasing numbers of residents and horseback riders who come down to the airport to walk around and get some exercise.  Finally, this has provided a training ground for the crew to experience the grader which will come into play later in the year as they maintain the roads throughout Rancho Tehama.  And yes, it is a bit dusty particularly for those of us who live around the airport.

Airport Report Februaray 2013

Created on Saturday, 02 March 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of February 2013 there were 65 operations.  There were 10 medivac operations during February 2013.   February is a short and usually a wet and windy month.  February 2013 had better than normal weather for flying and the operations county was almost double last year.

 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 18 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.

 Our mowers are poised and ready.  Bring on the sunshine!

Airport Report January 2013

Created on Friday, 01 February 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of January 2013 there were 61 operations.  There were 6 medivac operations during January 2013.  The month of January 2013 had reasonable weather for flying, and as a result we had a large increase in traffic over January 2012.

 During January we had sufficient breaks in the weather to start spraying for weeds on the runway.  This is the first of probably two sprayings during the growing season.  This year our spraying schedule is on a par with last year’s which should keep things in good order.  We are still finishing the striping of the runway between wet weather and windy days.

 We are now in the planning stages for the Friends of the Airport celebration.  This will take place Saturday afternoon on May 18, 2013.  We will advise as more details become available.

Airport Report December 2012

Created on Thursday, 03 January 2013 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of December 2012 there were 48 operations.  There were 14 medivac operations during December 2012.   This represents a slight increase in traffic when you consider  the weather for December 2012.  We had over 15 days of rain and cloud cover during this month.

The runway was seal coated in the fall and is in good shape.  There is still some striping to do since the rain and wind have made it difficult for our volunteers to finish this job.  On going at this moment is spot spraying for weeds and getting ready for spring mowing in a little while.

At this time, a summation and analysis of operations for 2012 is presented, with a comparison to 2011.  During 2011 there were 674 operations and 46 medivacs at our airport.  During 2012 there were 656 operations and 100 medivacs, as well as 2 Fire operations and 6 Law Enforcement operations. This represents an increase in operations of about 6%.  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.

Airport Report November 2012

Created on Monday, 03 December 2012 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of November 2012 there were 62 flight operations at our airport.  There were 8 medivac operations during November 2011.  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.   We have finished the fog coating on the airport and we have the supplies to accomplish the re-striping of the runway.  Between wind and rain, the striping is taking longer than we had hoped.  And during these winter months we will be looking at planning future maintenance for our airport.

 Sincere we will be in a new year by the time the next Airport Report is due, let me take this opportunity to wish all a Happy Holiday Season!

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