• 12 Mar 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous
    March 9, 2018, Pasadena, Ca. & Richmond, Va.:  Today, two motivated nonprofits who share a distance apart of more than 2,000 miles, east to west coast, launched a joint scholarship effort to bring attention to the gender gap and lack of diverse talent in aviation, specifically pilots. You could call this a healthy ‘scholarship showdown!’

    Through a creative joint effort, east coast’s Liftoff Learning and west coast’s I Hart Flying Foundation team up to offer flight scholarships over a 6-week themed ‘scholarship showdown’ social media campaign. With the lack of qualified pilots looming over the aviation industry, both organizations, founded on the mission to advance youth in aviation and flight training, refused to sit by and not act. Liftoff Learning and I Hart Flying realized breaking down silos and working together is one of many ways to partner and grow talent of diverse aviation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals.

    “I was given the gift of flight in 2010 which steered my passion for aviation,” shared Rachelle, founder of I Hart Flying, based near Pasadena, Ca. I Hart Flying - especially given March is Women’s History Month and having celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 – aims to offer more access to young women who wish to fly, have the dream of becoming a pilot, yet resources are limited. Rachelle is an accomplished aviator who currently holds a commercial single-pilot jet type rating, having flown general aviation, corporate and military aircraft, warbirds, and rotorcraft. With philanthropy at her core, “Now I have a chance to pay it forward for more young women to explore the joy of flying with fellow partners, donors and aviation enthusiasts joining our efforts!” Rachelle already completed outreach events and secured several key partners across the industry such as the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), Bose Corporation, JetAviva, Base Turn and Aviation Life clothing.

    “We are excited at the opportunity to bring the gift of flight to young people who may otherwise find pursuing a pilot's license an unattainable goal,” expressed Liftoff Learning’s founders. “Through this scholarship, we hope to inspire a diverse group of aspiring aviators to follow their passion.  By documenting and sharing the journey to becoming a certificated Private Pilot we hope to help more than just this year's scholarship winner gain their wings.” This growing organization, based near Richmond, Va., uses mixed-media, interactive, hands-on personalized experiences to attract youth into STEM and aviation programs.

    Today marks the official launch date for these two high-energy aviation organizations to excite youth, provide financial opportunities for young people through scholarships, allowing them to realize their dream of flight. Each organization have set scholarship criteria and application details, made available on their websites. It’s expected final recipients will be selected in April or May 2018, with flight training to follow shortly after the scholars are announced publically.


    I Hart Flying Outreach: Video of I Hart Flying Outreach

    I Hart Flying Media Photos

    What is Liftoff Learning: Liftoff Learning Overview Video

    Liftoff Learning Media Photos

    Social Media Handles, I Hart Flying

    Facebook: I Hart Flying Foundation

    Twitter: ihartflying

    Instagram: iHartFlying


    Social Media Handles, Liftoff Learning


    Twitter: LiftoffLearning

    Instagram: LiftoffLearning


    Media Contact:

    Lyndse Costabile, Media/PR Liaison,, 904-860-1886


    About I Hart Flying Foundation:

    I Hart Flying is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Rachelle - a talented pilot, fascinating speaker, social media personality and entrepreneur who excels at delivering impact, inspiration and influence for current and future female pilots. I Hart Flying’s mission is to assist young women in achieving their aviation goals through the awarding of flight training scholarships. They believe that helping young women achieve their pilot's license will provide a positive way to increase the number of women aviators. Partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), I Hart Flying’s goal is to provide five $5,000 flight scholarships annually to young women.


    For more information about I Hart Flying, visit


    About Liftoff Learning:

    Liftoff Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides students, educators, and local communities with the tools and resources to pursue STEM careers through mentorship and educational enrichment programs in the foundational concepts of aviation. Through a mixed-media approach to teaching, each student can learn according to their own strengths and personal objectives, this creates a personalized experience for every student.


    For more information about Liftoff Learning, visit


  • 06 Feb 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    In September, Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Pegasus Elite Aviation, Van Nuys Airport Association and Operation Gratitude held an airport-wide relief drive to benefit victims of hurricane-affected areas in Florida, which saw a generous outpouring of donations from the community.

    The collection drive, which ran from September 26 to October 9, received items desperately needed by the communities in hard-hit areas. More than 8,000 items were collected for Foundation 37, a non-profit group out of Port Orange, Florida, which worked to identify the needs of the affected areas. Donations covered a wide variety of essential items, water, and more than 1,000 articles of clothing. Drop-off locations were stationed throughout the airport, including Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, The Park VNY, Signature Flight Support and VNY Administration.

    On October 24, the donations were loaded onto an aircraft donated by Pegasus Elite Aviation and flown to Daytona Beach International Airport, where Foundation 37 coordinated receipt and transport to communities surrounding Port Orange and areas within the Florida Keys.

    “Private Aviation is the fastest way to deliver much needed supplies across country for impacted areas,” said Curt Castagna, President of the Van Nuys Airport Association. “The aircraft is traveling over 2,000 miles in less than four hours, so Foundation 37 will have these items in their hands by morning.”

    “When tragedy strikes, we know that our airport community will step up and help out, and that is just what they did for this recent donation drive to help those impacted by the Florida hurricanes,” said Diana Sanchez, Van Nuys Airport Public & Community Relations Director. “Van Nuys Airport, Pegasus Elite Aviation, Van Nuys Airport Association, and Operation Gratitude have each given back in their own unique way, drawing from their resources and engaging their people to make this drive a success. We are so thankful to all who donated to help those in need.”

  • 06 Feb 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Aeroplex/Aerolease Group has become the first VNY tenant to be certified in the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program, which provides free assistance to help and encourage L.A. businesses to become more efficient and sustainable.

    Among several sustainability measures that Aerolease has implemented – including a recycling program and the efficient use and reduction of water consumption – they have become the first business to install a solar power system. With 4,000 roof-mounted solar panels, this new solar electric system will generate approximately 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 4 million pounds annually. These green measures, in combination with others around the airport, seek to drive responsible environmental stewardship and promote a sustainable business.

    The Green Business Certification Program involves meeting program standards for resource conservancy, minimizing waste and mitigating pollution, in conjunction with environmental law and regulation compliance. The program incentivizes environmental best practices, and each certified business receives a City of Los Angeles Green Business Certificate, listings in promotional partners’ websites, green resource guides and more. For more information on going green with the City of L.A., visit

  • 24 Jan 2018 11:05 AM | Anonymous
    National Business Aviation Association Western Region Update


    Shortening of the Santa Monica Airport runway was completed in December. The airport is fully operational with 3,500 ft of runway available for landing and takeoff. Other changes include updated taxiway lights and markings, and new designated turn-offs and taxiways for access to and from the ramps.



    In this thriving economy, demand for highly skilled professional aviation personnel is especially great, leaving our sector of the industry vulnerable to workforce shortages. NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC) conducted surveys, consulted with member companies, and is working closely with the Domestic Operations Committee and Young Professionals (YoPro) Council to identify and create solutions. A mentoring program to match prospective mentors and mentees is underway; and staff is reviewing NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Guide to edit and enhance sections addressing workforce development. SCAA’s leadership in the area of scholarship and mentoring is appreciated. See the January/February issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine for more information about how to keep valued employees and expand your company’s talent base



    In recent months, residents surrounding San Carlos Airport (SQL) lobbied San Mateo County supervisors to reduce noise and overflights at SQL. In response, NBAA, local pilots and Surf Air who provides subscribers with multiple daily flights into SQL collaborated with FAA Air Traffic Services to approve the Bay Area Visual Approach. Currently, the approach is available only to authorized users, but could be published and ready for general use later this year. The new approach reduces the impacts of overflights in many of the most sensitive areas near of the County.



    The Association of California Airports recently surveyed airports around the state to determine how general aviation airports were used to conduct fire-fighting and emergency relief activities during the recent wildfires and flooding. Survey results will help CalTrans officials and State Legislators understand the value of community airports for both the quality of life and positive economic impact they provide to local citizens during Aviation and Aerospace Days at the Capitol in Sacramento, March 12-14, 2018.



    This is an important reminder that despite the 2018 year-end retirement announced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster, privatization of the national airspace still tops the list of legacy legislation Shuster hopes to pass in 2018. We thank SCAA members for all you have done to defeat this industry threat. Your calls and written messages helped keep HR2997 from getting to the House floor for a vote in 2017. Please, keep communicating with congress!  Especially to conservative members.  Even if you called in the past, keep this number handy and remember to contact Congress at 833-GA-VOICE.

    Stacy Howard, NBAA Western Regional Representative

  • 12 Jan 2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Peter Drinkwater retired December 31st from the County of San Diego as our Airports Director and the County has hired a third Operations Coordinator for Palomar Airport and his name is Haval Bedihi.

  • 12 Jan 2018 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Long Beach Airport Adds New Destination to Honolulu; Inaugural Flight to Takeoff June 1

    Starting June 1, Hawaiian Airlines will offer daily, non-stop service to Honolulu (HNL) from Long Beach Airport (LGB). Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly the route with one of its new Airbus A321neo aircraft. This aircraft represents the latest in engine technology and is among the quietest and most efficient aircraft currently flying.

    Commercial Activity at LGB in November Remains Strong

    Through November, Long Beach Airport continued to show strong passenger numbers in 2017, and reported a nearly 24 percent increase in November 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.  In November 2017, LGB served 321,152 passengers compared to 259,805 in November 2016.


    LGB Runway 25L to Close for Reconstruction

    Runway 25L at Long Beach Airport will close for reconstruction, starting the week of January 8, 2018. General Aviation aircraft that typically use this runway will be diverted to 25R, the airport’s secondary runway, and occasionally Runway 12-30, the airport’s main runway. The FAA Air Traffic Control Tower will direct the displaced flights at their discretion. Runway 25L is anticipated to reopen by the end of July 2018, pending any construction delays. Following the reopening, 25R will close for approximately one month for construction of blast pads which will help stabilize the ground from jet blasts.  Minimal flight displacement is expected.

  • 01 Sep 2017 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    Business Aviation Ready to Assist in Harvey Relief Efforts

    NBAA continues to track the path of what's left of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused tremendous damage along the southern coast of the U.S. As with previous natural disasters, the business aviation community is poised to support relief efforts as the flood waters recede.

    To help in this endeavor, NBAA offers the following resources to ensure safe operations and help coordinate member efforts.

    Review NBAA’s Harvey Resources

    NBAA’s Air Traffic Services at the FAA ATC System Command Center has been providing regular updates about the status of airspace restrictions and airport closures in areas affected by Harvey. Operators should ensure a full review of NOTAMS for airports in these areas as airport conditions are changing quickly. Also, operators call ahead to confirm needed services are available, regardless of airport status.

    Register with the NBAA HERO Database

    Developed in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database collects information about aircraft and individual volunteers that can be shared with relief organizations in the wake of natural disasters. Registering does not commit you to provide aid and you always have the ability to pass on a mission request. If you registered with the NBAA HERO database before July 2017, please register again now to make sure NBAA has up-to-date information.

    Share Your Story

    If you take part in relief effort, please share your story with NBAA. This information about conditions on the ground can be extremely helpful to relief organizations and to other aircraft operators starting their own relief flights. Email NBAA’s Dan Hubbard at

    Thanks to those in our community who have already contributed to Harvey relief efforts and thanks in advance to others who will step up in the weeks and months ahead.


    Doug Carr
    NBAA Vice President, Regulatory & International Affairs


  • 20 Jan 2017 9:46 AM | Anonymous
    CARLSBAD, CA (JAN. 20, 2017) – The SoCal Aviation Association (SCAA) enters 2017 committed to building the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California. In addition to hosting networking functions, safety days, informational luncheons, golf tournaments and more, SCAA remains committed to its ongoing mission:

    To mentor, educate, and encourage young people to become involved in and deeply engaged with our industry.

    “We are proud to continue to play a small yet valuable role in the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California,” said SCAA President Craig Foster. “By donating our time, talents, and resources to key area organizations, we help ensure the next generation has the tools, experience, passion, and love needed to keep us all moving forward. We’re excited about the many ways we continue to ‘pay it forward’ here at SCAA.”

    In 2016, the SCAA demonstrated this commitment by making a series of valuable donations to several key organizations. Towards the end of the year, SCAA donated $1,500 to The Santa Monica Airport Association, with an eye toward assisting them in efforts to keep the airport open. SCAA has also donated to Lyon Air Museum in Orange Count – and joined forces with them to assist in their valuable education program.

    In 2012, a partnership in education was established between the Lyon Air Museum and Newport Mesa Unified School District, via a program entitled “The Greatest Generation – A WWII Field Trip Experience.” As part of the District’s curriculum, students are led through several Museum exhibits by knowledgeable docents, with stops at distinct sectors that are staffed by World War II veterans.

    At these educational and emotional stops, students are given an opportunity to meet the veterans, hear their stories and ask questions. Firsthand accounts given by the veterans include topics such as the Attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day Invasion, Strategic Bombing Missions over Germany, and Life as a Prisoner-of-War. In addition, many of the veterans distribute personal “collector” cards – much like baseball cards – featuring their biographical information, military service pictures, service awards received, and interesting tidbits about their time in service.

    The positive feedback this program has received from teachers and students alike is phenomenal. In 2017, the program enters its seventh successful year, and is anticipated to impact approximately 30 schools and more than 60 sixth-grade classes.

    The Lyon Air Museum will be adding a new business aviation exhibit that recognizes Lyon Air Museum, Martin Aviation and SCAA’s contributions to the business aviation community. The exhibit is expected to increase exposure to the business aviation community…

    In addition to its donations to the Orange County Lyon Air Museum and the Santa Monica Aviation Association, SCAA has given nearly $400,000 to various organizations over the past seven years. In 2016 alone, SCAA awarded more than $8,000 in donations, $7,000 in scholarships and $75,000 in training awards.

    “All of us at SCAA recognize the importance and impact of giving back to our community and industry,” said Foster. “We didn’t get to where we are as an organization today on our own, and the future growth and advancement of our entire industry depends on contributions from all of us here, today. We’re all in this together, and that’s something that we never forget.”

    About Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA)

    Established in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) focuses on safety, mentoring, career development and networking in the aviation industry. The stated mission of SCAA is to advance and promote aviation-related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to Southern California communities, companies and the general public. SCAA membership is comprised of corporate, service sector and non-profit entities, as well as individuals with a strictly aviation focus. As part of its mission to promote and grow the aviation industry, SCAA also awards multiple scholarships and awards each year. You can learn more online at  



  • 18 Jan 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release – Santa Monica Airport

    Disaster Preparedness Exercise with Ten Aircraft

    Los Angeles – Friday, January 13, 2017 — The American Red Cross and SMO (Santa Monica Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team) announce their cooperation on a disaster preparedness exercise at Santa Monica Airport, (SMO) on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10.30am to 12.30pm, delivering critical supplies to the Public Observation Deck at SMO at 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, California, 90405

    In a simulated earthquake major scenario, the 405 and10 Freeways are impassable and PCH is closed. Although damaged, KSMO has enough usable runway for small aircraft.

    A group of volunteer pilots will fly in Red Cross Critical Supplies from Whiteman, Van Nuys, Brackett, Compton and Torrance airports. Ten aircraft will be acting as an “air bridge” for Red Cross ground transport in surrounding regions, supporting Red Cross in West Los Angeles. This is a practical demonstration of the City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation Plan” which lists SMO as “Critical Infrastructure” in a disaster.

    SMO (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team):
    SMO DART is a group of volunteer pilots, providing their time and aircraft to assist the community in a disaster. The City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation” lists Santa Monica Airport as “Critical Infrastructure.” The SMO DART offers a practical example of how SMO will be used to mitigate disasters. SMO DART is sponsored by the Santa Monica Airport Association,(SMAA) a local, non-profit organization of pilots and, local aviation businesses. SMAA is run by volunteers and depends on the generosity of sponsors and donors to perform its mission. Visit

    Media Contacts:
    Christian Fry, Tel: (310) 849-1976 Dave Hopkins Tel: (310) 990-2045

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

    Media Contacts:
    Julie Thomas Tel: (310) 922-2046 Fred Mariscal, Tel: (310) 943-5266 

  • 17 Jan 2017 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    In the second week of January NBAA’s volunteer Flight Attendants Committee gathered at the Long Beach Hilton to develop the agenda for PDP and information sessions offered during the 2017 Flight Attendants and Flight Technicians Conference, June 13-15 in Long Beach, CA.  Watch for on-line registration to open soon!

    The Southern California Metroplex is deep into the implementation phase and FAA is hosting several a public information briefings during the month of January. Although a number of Los Angeles area communities filed lawsuits to try to interrupt the progress of these important NexGen improvements, FAA continues moving forward, activating new revised approaches and departures in March.  Pilots should be on the lookout for NBAA Air Traffic Services emails and updates; and familiarize themselves with amended procedures and effective dates.

    The VOR approach into Santa Monica is again available at night, and improved minimums have been established.  Thanks to Los Angeles Public Works Department for putting safety first and reducing the height of several street lights located under the final approach.  Atlantic Aviation is still open and operating normally at SMO, and NBAA continues to help support the Save Santa Monica Corporation (SSMO) legal fund with an offer to match confidential corporate and individual donations. For more information about SSMO, contact NBAA’s Director of Airports and Infrastructure, Alex Gertsen.  Alex will deliver an informative presentation to airport commissioners on January 23 in response to their questions about the history of SMO land use and policy. NBAA also provides support for the Santa Monica Airport Association, who’s members conduct local events and community outreach, a critical element to the future of the airport.

    NBAA’s number one legislative issue in 2017 is FAA Reauthorization.  House Transportation Chairman Shuster has not abandon his vision to create a separate FAA Air Traffic Organization funded by user fees, and there is uncertainty about the new administration’s support or opposition for this concept.  NBAA’s Government Affairs team will work on your behalf in Washington, and we will again call on members and local business aviation groups to follow-up with letters, emails, and phone calls to their respective legislators to assure congress preserves an air traffic control system that serves the needs of all users, and is not controlled by the special interests of the airlines.

    I look forward to seeing many of you in Fort Worth for the 2017 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, February 7-10; and in Miami, February 14-16, for NBAA Leadership Conference.

    Stacy Howard,

    NBAA Western Regional Representative

SoCal Aviation Association


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