Airport Report September 2015

Created on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of September 2015 there were20 flight operations at our airport.  There were 8 medevac operations during September 2015.   This is a bit low for a normal September but with all the smoke and fires it is understandable.  And 8 medevac operations is the high for this year.

 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 very ready for the rainy season we hope will come.  In the meantime spot spraying and pick up is ongoing.

Airport report August 2015

Created on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of August 201 there were 34 flight operations.  There were 6 medivac operations during August 2015.  With generally good weather and the smoke finally clearing, our pilots got a chance to fly.

 This year we are holding off fog coating the runway while seal coat a section of the runway.  This is being done as an experiment to see if the seal coating will hold up as well on the runway as it has on the roads here at the Ranch.   And as usual, we are doing spot weed abatement on the runway.

 All of us, including our pilots are looking forward to a little cooler weather.  Airplanes like automobiles will work in the heat, but the work better in the cool.

Aireport Report June 2015

Created on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of June 2015 there were 78 flight operations.  There were 6 medevac operations and 8 fire suppression during June 2015.  This is about the same as the last two years, but there has been very little wind which encourages flying.

 June is pretty much the end of the mowing season, and this year was no exception.  Spot spraying is still needed for weed control.  This is being done regularly here on the runway.

 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 2015

Created on Saturday, 06 June 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of May 2015 there were 123 flight operations.  There were 10 medevac operations. During May 2015 there have been persistent weather problems and despite that, we are seeing increases in traffic..

May 16th was the second annual “Rancho Tehama Spring Fling.” 2015 marks the eighth annual Friends of the Airport.  This year’s ‘Friends’ was a great success with the BBQ and party held again in Carol and Woody Harris’ barn.  A great time was had by all including many local residents and 17 visiting aircraft from throughout northern California.  Part of the attraction  this year was the first static display of the new Enloe helicopter.  It is a beautiful ship, and if you have to ride in it, it is as good as they come.  And yes, plans are already in the works for the 2016 event.

 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 March 2015

Created on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 Written by Doug Dugger

During the month of March 2015 there were 32 operations.  There were 2 medivacs operations during March 2015.  This is a slightly lower count than the months of March for the last two years.  2 medivac operations are about normal for this time of year.

 This year the Rancho Tehama Spring Fling which includes the annual Red Neck Ducky Derby and the Friends of the Airport meeting will be held on May 16th.   This is open to all who have an interest in airplanes, and our airport.    With the next edition of the Airport Report we will give you all the specifics of the meeting.  We should have some exciting developments to pass along next month.

 With rain finally coming at the end of March, our grass is growing once again.  As soon as it looks like the rain will stop we will be manning our mowers.  In the mean time, we are using Round Up on the edges to keep the runway clear.

Airport Report February 2015

Created on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of February 2015 there were 25 operations.  There were 4 medevac operations during February 2015.   February is a short and usually a wet and windy month.  Even with fair weather, there were not a lot of operations this year.  Part of that was the fact that there were several days with winds in excess of 15 KT cross winds

 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 16 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.  With the warm days we have had it is already starting.  As usual at this time of year, we have gotten 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 2015

Created on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 Written by Bill Massey

During the month of January 2015 there were 31 operations and there were 4 medevac operations in January 2015.  The month of January 2015 had reasonable weather for flying, and these numbers are very similar to the 2014 numbers.

 With the lack of rain, weeds and grasses have not been growing.  But in anticipation of rain, we have been spraying during January 2015.  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 16, 2015.  We will advise as more details become available.

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