KWVI Airport News
JANUARY 27, 2018 FIRST WPA BBQ OF 2018!
Please mark your calendar to join the WPA for the first BBQ of the
2018 season to be held Saturday at the WAEC on the field. Dr.
Alan Brown, former Chief Design Engineer at Lockheed, will be
giving a presentation on development of the F-117A "Nighthawk" fighter
starting at 11:00. BBQ starts at 12:00!
WPA MEETING and
BBQ!!: WPA meetings have switched to the 4th Saturday of
every month followed by a BBQ/Luncheon. At 11am we
may start with a short business meeting and socializing. At noon this will
become a family oriented event, with a small charge to defray
expenses, and all are welcome!
AIRPORT MANAGER'S YEAR IN REVIEW
Under the leadership of
Williams, KWVI is moving in a positive direction on many fronts.
See the entire two page report here,
including a look ahead to the future of the Airport.
JUNE 02, 2017,
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT REGULATIONS TO BE UPDATED AT KWVI
Airport Management opened a 30-day
public comment period for the Proposed 2017 update to the Airport
Regulations---to take effect July 1, 2017.
were a number of requested edits and changes that were not included in
the original version. The
latest EDITED version of the proposed Regulations is available here.
Some of the HOT topics discussed
of hangar permits in special circumstances, limitations of use of
Fiberglas epoxies, no parking of cars outside the hangars, and clearing
hangars of excess personal items and hazardous conditions.
INEQUITABLE CHARGES TO THE AIRPORT BUDGET?---
On April 1, 2014 Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) members
Steve Henderson, John Randolph and Dan Chauvet (WPA's WAAC
representative) met with the City of Watsonville's Finance Director.
The purpose of the meeting was to investigate if the Airport Enterprise
Fund (AEF) is being unfairly drained. Four (4) issues regarding the
Airport Enterprise Funds are:
1. The City's failure to pay back funds diverted from the Sage property
lease that should have gone to the AEF.
2. The $4,700,000, supposedly owed by the Airport Enterprise Fund to
the City's General Fund. That first appeared at the budget hearing of
the May 2013 City Council meeting.
3. The 2015-2016 $231,032 "consolidated services" charge to the Airport
4. Allocation of charges to the airport for new financial and
For more information on these issues, please see the WPA
July to September, 2015, newsletter.
WAAC MEETINGS AND PROGRESS---
The Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) meets
quarterly. It's a conduit for communication with the City Manager. The
WAAC is a committee that
gives advice; it's not a commission that has a decision-making role.
The bylaws include safety and noise issues, operations and airport
economics. Members are airport supporters from the three aviation
organizations, a representative for fixed based operators, a City of
Watsonville resident and one from the County. Members of the public are
welcome to attend meetings and share their views.
MAY 25, 2012,
WATSONVILLE AIRPORT E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST On occasion, the
Airport Management has a need to communicate directly with the Airport
The requirement might be an update of a minor inconvenience, such as an
inoperable entry gate or as serious as a pending Temporary Flight
Restriction (TFR). Additionally, there may be times when the Airport is
supporting non-profit organizations or, as they have done in the past,
serving in an emergency response capacity.
If you desire to receive such communications, please consider
joining the KWVI e-mail Distribution List. It's FREE, simple to
join and extremely valuable. You may sign up by selecting this link
2015 DRONES IN THE SKIES
For safety sake, help spread the word...
There are many out there that will be getting in on the drone or
model airplane craze. Whether a simple one-bladed drone or
digital camera-equipped quad-copter both of these are considered an
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and flying them is regulated by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with fines ranging from $27,500
to $250,000 and up to 3 years imprisonment!
For more information, please read the newsletter from KWVI Management
on this WPA website at www.watsonvilliepilots.org/pages/drones.html.
Please check with the FAA
for updates on this issue.
MONTEREY BAY ACADEMY AIRFIELD (CA66); Information
provided by Bob Carr.
Monterey Bay Academy Airfield is
back and better than ever! Located four miles west of Watsonville
on a bluff overlooking Monterey Bay, the airfield has reopened to all
pilots after over a decade of highly restricted use. The runway has
been significantly improved and is now covered with grass. There is
expanded parking and a picnic area right on the bluff.
Shore Aviation would like to remind people that
a private airstrip, is open to people who are in good standing, in
hopes of providing an airstrip for pilots and their friends to come and
share in many good times. Things are coming along, but they're
doing it in a low-key fashion. They just want pilots to come and be a
part of their pilot community. Check out their landing restrictions prior to use. Very
limited Saturday operations!
SATURDAY MEETING BEGINS AT 11 AM. Meetings are
held the fourth Saturday of each month (November and December are
unscheduled). See the WINGS
Seminar Calendar for valuable
seminars and safety presentations scheduled. Regular meeting
place: the WAEC Hangar Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport.
visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
119's REGULAR SATURDAY MEETING BEGINS AT 10:30 AM.
Meetings are normally held the second Saturday of each month
except no meeting during Oshkosh week. Regular meeting place: the WAEC
Hangar Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All visitors and
are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
99s REGULAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7:00 PM.
Meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month.
Regular meeting place: the WAEC Hangar Building, 60 Aviation Way,
Airport. They generally have a guest speaker, a business meeting, some
hangar flying and refreshments (not necessarily in that order).