FROM THE MANAGER
This summer flying season has been one for the record books! Traffic numbers are increasing and KLVJ is a bustling, active flying community! As our growth continues, I want to take this opportunity to discuss tie-down ramp parking and vehicle parking at KLVJ.
In order to maintain a safe and active ramp area, please refrain from parking your vehicles on the ramp at ALL TIMES. You can drive your vehicle to the ramp to load and unload your aircraft, but as soon as you are done, please move your vehicle to of our off-ramp parking areas adjacent to the FBO.
We have noticed there are several vehicles that drive to the ramp side of the FBO and park to use the restroom or grab a cup of coffee. Please do NOT park your cars on the ramp in front of the FBO stairs. Please use the parking lots along Airfield Lane.
I also need to mention tie-down aircraft parking. If you have an aircraft tied-down at KLVJ, you MUST sign a Tie-Down Agreement and pay the $75 monthly fee. We will be working diligently to ensure every aircraft has an agreement in place in the coming days. Please help us ensure a safe environment by securing your aircraft with tie-down ropes and parking brakes. We complete a tie-down aircraft inspection every morning at KLVJ and will be contacting aircraft owners to ensure agreements are in place and payments are made.
Compliance and safety are two major goals for the entire KLVJ and TAP team. Please contact my office if you have any questions, or suggestions on how we can improve. Thank you for your cooperation in reaching these goals!
FAA/TxDOT GRANT PROJECT UPDATE
The TxDOT improvement project has been completed. Over the next few days, the crews will be cleaning the work areas and putting the finishing touches around the field. Below is a list of items that have been completed:
Replaced both regulators in the electrical vault to ensure proper and efficient airfield lighting
Re-designated taxiways to comply with FAA regulations
Installed new taxiway signs to reflect changes
Re-painted all yellow and black ramp and taxilane centerlines
Re-striped Runway 14/32
Moved hold-short lines to comply with FAA regulations
Replaced Main Gate and Gate 3 and added additional security lighting
Replaced manual Gate 4 with an automatic gate to increase security
Removed overhead power lines and poles on Airfield Lane
Installed underground power connections to increase reliability and efficiency of service along Airfield Lane
Rebuilt the power pole and meter rack behind the FBO to ensure longevity and compliance
Installed a stop sign main gate alerting visitors of the active taxiway and aircraft right-of-way
Thank you to all the crew members for their countless hours of hard work. We sincerely appreciate each of our residents, pilots, students and businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout the improvement project.
The grant project was a great success and we are thrilled to deliver new features and an improved airport experience. We are thrilled to finish this project, and will soon begin planning the next round of improvements. Please feel free to send in your thoughts, recommendations and comments for future consideration. We are building the best possible general aviation facility, and with your help, we can achieve this goal!
BAY AREA AERO CLUB SKILLS DAY
The Bay Area Aero Club is hosting its annual Flying Skills Day on September 29, 2018 and they have great things planned. There will be delicious barbecue for lunch and it is voting day for the next board members. Come meet the candidates, other members, and show your skills. The main event will be the SPOT LANDING contest!
For more information and to have your questions answered, please contact Stephen Devine via email.
When: September 29, 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: Pearland Regional Air Professionals Hangar, 17416 Airfield Lane, Pearland, TX 77588
All pilots welcome to visit and compete. For more information visit their webpage. Come join the fun on the 29th and help elect the new BAAC Board members.
NEW TAXIWAY DESIGNATIONS
As mentioned in the last newsletter, during the improvement project we were notified that the old taxiway designations did not comply with FAA regulations.
Below is a map showing the updated taxiway designations. Click the image to see a larger version.
New signs at every intersection should help everyone learn the new designations. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (281) 482-7551.
CONGRATULATIONS JIM KELLEY
Congratulations to Jim Kelley on receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots. This award is meant to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots."
Thank you to Chris Kelly who sent in the photo and provided the following information about the event.
"In his career, Jim Kelley flew a C130 in Vietnam, helped certify the Boeing 777 for passenger use, developed crew procedures for the new 787, helped pioneer twin engine passenger flights over the oceans (ETOPS), and assisted in establishing regular passenger flights from the US over the North Pole to the Far East (a route that saves hours of flight time).
In his retirement he enjoys flying his SeaRey out of KLVJ, tennis and fishing. Special thanks to Lance Little of the FAA for coming out to present the award, Randy Wahlberg and the crew at Air Professionals for putting together the party, Jesus for the good eats, and a special recognition to Rocky Miller, who in his final days helped make this award happen."
T-HANGARS FOR LEASE
AIRPORT PROPERTY FOR SALE
Pearland Regional Airport is offering a rare opportunity to own property at a growing, privately-owned airport! There are currently four lots available, ranging in size from 10,300 square feet to 4.8 acres. All lots have direct airfield access and can be developed for private or commercial use.