KWVI Airport News
JULY, 2018 WPA
SECURES SETTLEMENT WITH PVUSD REGARDING PV HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND
years the WPA has been opposed to the encroachment into Airport Safety
Zones and related safety issues associated with the further development
of Pajaro Valley High School off the departure end of Rwy 20.
Finally, a Settlement has been reached in this issue! Details and
maps of the settlement can be found here.
2018 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, 2017-2018, report here,
including a look ahead to the future of the Airport.
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.
MARCH 17, 2019 SPRINGTIME MEANS FLYING: Please stay a minimum of 1000' AGL above all seabird populations
Spring is finally here, and it's time to stretch your wings
and fly out into clear skies. It's also an important time of year to
share the skies with aviators of the feathered variety, who are in the
midst of their most sensitive time of year: breading season.
Overflying a bird colony can flush nesting birds from their perches. Watch California Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Newman ask, "So what if birds fly away? Won't they just circle around and come back and land again?"
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!
MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: WPA Meetings are
held on an as-needed basis. Typically, there are NO meetings in
November or December. 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).