Operation Report February 2012

Created on Friday, 09 March 2012 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of February 2012 there were 32 operations.  There were 10 medivac operations during February 2012.   February is a short and usually a wet and windy month.  This one was no exception which accounts for limited operations.

 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 12 immediately following the ‘Redneck Rubber Ducky Derby’.  We will meet at 1:30PM at Ernest and Gabbi Frietag’s hangar on the southeast corner of the airport.  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.  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 Springtime!

Operation Report January 2012

Created on Sunday, 05 February 2012 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of January 2012 there were 25 operations.  There were 10 medivac operations during January 2012.  The month of January 2012 had reasonable weather for flying, and as a result we had an increase in traffic over January 2011.

 We would like to say a big Thank You to Enloe Flight Operations who have supplied us with Two Brand new wind socks.  We have now installed one of the new Socks, and as a result we have visible wind indicators at the west end of the runway as well as at the center of the runway.  We do not have a wind sock at the east end of the runway because of the buildings and trees that create a ‘wind shadow’  which make a wind sock useless.

 During January we had sufficient breaks in the weather to start spraying for weeds on the runway.  This is the first of probably 2 sprayings during the growing season.  This year are spraying schedule is ahead of last year’s which should keep things in good order.

Operation Report for Dec 2011

Created on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of December 2011 there were 55 operations.  There were 2 medivac operations during December 2011.  This represents an unusual number of operations owing to the very nice weather we have been having.  It has been dry and sunny, and pilots have taken advantage of the weather.  This is better than double the number of operations in December 2010.

While we waited until late in the year, we did manage to get the runway surface sealed.  This was done in late October, and because of wind we had to wait until December to actually stripe the runway.  All the maintenance for the runway has now been completed.  The only ongoing chore for the next couple months will be spot spraying on the runway surface.

At this time, a summation and analysis of operations for 2011 is presented, with a comparison to 2010.  During 2010 there were 595 operations and 52 medivacs at our airport.  During 2011 there were 674 operations and 46 medivacs.  During 2011 we had no CALFIRE operations, but we had 2 law enforcement operations (CHP.)   This represents an increase in normal operations of about 13%.  We would anticipate an increase with the 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.

Operation Report Nov 2011

Created on Monday, 12 December 2011 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of November 2011 there were 43 flight operations at our airport.  There were 2 medivac operations during November 2011.  This represents a fairly typical use of our runway during this time of the year.

Maintenance for the airport is now in a winter pattern.  We are doing some weed control and miner maintenance.   We have now finished the fog coating on the airport and we have the supplies to accomplish the re-striping of the runway.  The winds have been very high lately which makes it impossible to strip paint.  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!

Operation Report October 2011

Created on Monday, 07 November 2011 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of October 2011 there were 130 flight operations at our airport.  There were 10 medivac operations during October 2011.  This represents a somewhat atypical October pattern.

October 16th of this year was a marvelous occasion for all of us that are part of flying, our airport and aviation in general.  On October 15th, EAA chapters in Redding, Santa Rosa, and Vacaville all held Young Eagles events.  This is giving kids 7 to 17 their first ride in an airplane.  On the afternoon of the 15th, many of the pilots who participated in the flying of kids all converged on Chico.  As a group we attended a tour of the Sierra Nevada brewery.  After the tour we all dined together, and then those who had flown Chico spent the night at the Holiday Inn.  The next day our pilots at Rancho Tehama became hosts to the group.

Sunday morning the 16th, we began getting aircraft arrivals as early as 10:00AM.  Our local pilots hosted a BBQ and fly-in which eventually included 23 aircraft and over 60 people visiting the Ranch.  To say that a good time was had by all would be an understatement.  We opened our hangars so that others could see what life at Rancho Tehama’s airport is like.  Ron and Sue Gullickson hosted the BBQ at their hangar, and a wonderful spread was available for everyone attending.  Finally, after all the donations were counted and all the expenses covered the Airport Community donated $25 to the Community Foundation.  Many folks who had never been to Rancho Tehama left with a very positive impression.

Winter is coming, and we are getting the airport ready for the cold and rain.  The fog coating of the runway is scheduled for Thursday the 10th, weather permitting.  With the recent rains, we are once again the spraying business.  I think all of us are happy to have had a very successful year at the airport.


Operation Report for September 2011

Created on Thursday, 03 November 2011 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of September 2011 there were 38 flight operations at our airport.  There were 6 medivac operations during September 2011.   This is an unusually low count for a month with very good weather, although many of our local pilots are on extended trips.

 On October 1, 2011 the first annual Rancho Tehama Run occurred.  The organizers of the run requested that we provide ‘air cover’ of the event.   Aircraft that are based here at Rancho Tehama flew over the runners and the crowd for about 20 minutes.  The feedback was all positive regarding the fly-by.

 Maintenance for the runway surface of our airport has been on hold while we waited to see if it would be possible to piggy back on the roads slurry sealing operation.  Unfortunately the price for doing this to our runway is prohibitive.  Having determined that, we are now in the process of getting the runway fog coated again before the heavy winter rains arrive.

Operation Report for August 2011

Created on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of August 2011 there were 40 flight operations.  There were 12 medevac operations during August 2011.  These represent a fairly normal pattern for our runway this time of year.  During the month of August many of our pilots are off flying with the good summer weather.  Most of these flights are for multiple days, rather than local flights.

During the month of August, we are assessing the needs  for the runway to be prepared for winter rains.  The drainage that was addressed last year seemed to work fairly well.  Some of this may be improved on with the fall dry season.  Additionally, we are working on a project to get the runway re-sealed to maintain the integrity of the runway surface.  And as usually we are doing spot spraying for weeds and litter removal on a regular basis.

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