KWVI Airport News
1935 - 2016
died peacefully on April 21, 2016, at his home in Watsonville with his
loved ones surrounding him. Dan was a highly
competent pilot of airplanes from Aeronca Chief to
Cessna Citation, a gifted instrument flight instructor, ground
instructor, and aviation writer, a tenacious fighter for Watsonville
Airport and the wider community it serves, and, most importantly, a
true gentleman. Dan was loved by many and respected by all.
miss him sorely. Now,
borrowing from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it
is up to us to carry forward the work to which, despite his
infirmities, he dedicated himself so tirelessly.
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS---by Dan Chauvet,
WPA WAAC Representative
Wednesday January 13th the new City Manager Charles Montoya attended
the Watsonville Airport Advisory Committee (WAAC) meeting. In Mr.
Montoya's introductory remarks he related his past administrative
experience with Jeffco Airport. He has a positive attitude about
airports, and Watsonville Airport in particular. He said, "I believe
the airport needs to be recognized not only as a vital transportation
hub, but as an economic driver that the city, county, and businesses
should use to promote the region."
Already he has taken action. The airport is now its own department
(previously it was under the Public Works Department). The Airport
Manager Rayvon Williams is head of that department and will report
directly to the office of the City Manager. It's more than symbolic.
This has reduced the layers of bureaucracy over the airport where
hidden agendas placed the airport lower on the food chain, where errors
were able to be hidden. Actions speak louder than words; and the City
Manager has taken action that reflects a whole new attitude by top city
2015 DRONES AT CHRISTMAS (and beyond)?
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 share this
information. Thank you.
SPECIAL MEETING AND AWARD CEREMONY HONORING WPA MEMBER DAN CHAUVET
October 28th, the FAA awarded Dan Chauvet the prestigious Wright
Brothers Master Pilot Award in a ceremony at the Watsonville Municipal
Airport. To be eligible for the award, a pliot must have flown for more
than 50 years without an accident or FAA violation and must have
benefited others in aviation. The bulk of Dan's flying career was spent
piloting Granite Construction's corporate jet for 26 years. He has also
accumulated more than 6,000 hours of instructor time. Dan started
flying in 1958 but slowed his involvement in hands-on flying in 2009.
He is still very actively involved in the promotion and protection of
the Watsonville Municipal Airport. Thanks, Dan, for all you have given
to the flying community, and congratulations!!!
INEQUITABLE CHARGES TO THE AIRPORT BUDGET?---by Dan Chauvet,
WPA WAAC Representative
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.
AIRPORT MANAGER'S YEAR IN REVIEW During the
month of July, Airport Manager, Rayvon Williams made a presentation to
the EAA 119, WPA, 99s, and WAAC at their regular meetings. He shared
with the groups what he considers to be the Highlights and Lowlights
for 2014-2015. Here they are...
Highlights: 1. Airport revenue exceeds
2. FAA increases four leasehold rates for 2014-2015
3. Taxiway Charlie & Apron construction completed
4. Watsonville Obstacle Departure improved
5. Airport chapter of Muni Code updated
6. Airport fills last open head count; now fully staffed
7. RFP process brings Ella's-at-the-Airport to terminal
8. Leased 125 Aviation Way; lease rate up to 90%
9. New five year fuel contract awarded
10. Completed 2nd Community Noise equivalent study
11. Accurately identified 20-to-1 obstructions
12. $10,000 Caltrans grant for obstruction removal
13. Third annual Tar Plant survey completed
14. Second year of successful "Second Saturdays"
15. Second year of Hangar and Tie Down FMV adjustments
16. Free fire extinguisher service at Tenant Appreciation
17. Watsonville Emergency Airlift command Team drill
18. Airport "officially" sponsors 50th annual Fly -In
19. Airport launches Wings over Watsonville Fly-In
1. Airport's attempt to remove deficit to loan thwarted
2. KWVI's three IAPs NOTAM'ed not applicable at night
3. Settlement regarding Fly-In fundraiser trip-and-fall
4. Fly-In & Air Show attendance lower than expected
5. Storm Water Prevention mandate
6. VASI move to PAPIs on hold- Critical Habitat
7. Employee furloughs extended till end 2015
8. Continued delay at United Flight Services
9. Airport hangar restrooms vandalized
10. Lost AOPA Regional Fly-In bid
WAAC MEETINGS AND PROGRESS---by Dan Chauvet, WAAC Member
representing the WPA
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
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.
Ocean Shore Aviation, the organization behind the airfield at the
Monterey Bay Academy, added an extra 400 feet of grass in September,
and report that the current airfield has been growing in nicely. With
the help of donations from Bob and Karen Carr, and others, 160
sprinkler heads and associated pipe were added in an effort to ensure a
healthy airfield for many years to come. Ocean Shore Aviation also
formed an advisory board called the 66ers Flying Club, named after the
titled airstrip- CA66. This group was formed to manage future events
anticipated to take place on the bluff, and make flying here even more
fun. Ocean Shore Aviation would like to remind people that this is
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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7 PM. See the WINGS Seminar Calendar for valuable
seminars and safety presentations scheduled. Meetings are CURRENTLY
held the last Wednesday of alternating months. Regular meeting
place: the WAEC Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All
visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
119's REGULAR TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING BEGINS AT 7:30 PM.
Meetings are normally held the first Tuesday of each month
except no meeting during Oshkosh week. Regular meeting place: the WAEC
Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Airport. All visitors and guests
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 Building, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville
Airport. They generally have a guest speaker, a business meeting, some
hangar flying and refreshments (not necessarily in that order).