Tag: Airport

Fatal Airplane Crash in Dry Grout Bay

Fawnskin, CA October 20, 2014 – An Aircraft incident in the Fawnskin area was reported this morning at 10:48.  The single engine Sonex came to rest in the dry lake bed of Grout Bay near windy point.  The pilot who was the only person on board was pronounced deceased at the crash scene.  The plane is registered to a person in Northern California in the town of Bayside near Eureka.  A witness told KBHR that they heard the engine sputtering before going down in the field.   Unconfirmed reports indicate that the plane was recently sold and was being ferried back East to it’s new home.   High altitudes and mountains present additional precautions for pilots although at this time there is no indication this played a role in the the crash and will not be known until the results of an official investigation are  released. Some Los Angeles TV stations were on the ground at this mornings crash scene in an ironic twist as they were covering last weeks, non fatal incident, aircraft wreckage as it was being lifted out of the canyon below the Arctic...

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Cessna Crash Near Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA – October 16, 2014 – A plane crash was reported around 2 pm this afternoon just south of Highway 18 in the Arctic Circle area near Glory Ridge.  At that time the road was closed for repairs.  By 2:30 emergency crews were on scene as well as Forest Service fire personnel as a safeguard.  The plane was reported to be a single engine Cessna registered in Tustin.  Three people were lifted from the ravine then transported to Loma Linda to be treated for unreported injuries.  Highway 18 remained closed during the rescue operations but was reopened sometime after 4:30.  Big Bear Fire Chief Willis reported that there was no fire resulting from this...

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Big Bear Airport and Bear Valley Electric Work Together: Save $, Save Energy

Big Bear, Ca, February 21, 2012, 12:00pm – The Big Bear Airport District is saving money, and helping Bear Valley Electric save energy in the process.  The Airport and Bear Valley Electric have been working together to save energy at the airport for over a year, by doing two main projects:  retrofitting the old inefficient lighting in the terminal building, and finding alternatives to the ramp area lighting.  Changing the old light bulbs in the terminal building to more efficient T-8 linear florescent lamps occurred in January of 2011, which will cut the lighting bill by about 30-40% over the old lights.  The second project saw 26 lights replaced with new LED fixtures, with BVES providing a financial incentive that paid 20% of the material cost.  Bear Valley Electric estimates that the bill savings to the airport will be approximately $320,000 over the life of the LED lamps, which is for approximately 20 years.  The old light bulbs needed to be replaced every 1 to 2 years.  According to the Big Bear City Airport, this is a win win for both both Airport and Bear Valley Electric customers, as the lights operate during BVES’ peak period during the darker colder winter months, this will reduce the load on the BVES power grid. For more information on how to save money and energy go online at...

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Santa Claus Has Been Coming To Town!

Big Bear, Ca, December 23, 2011, 1:00pm – With Christmas just a few days away, Santa has been a very busy man.  Santa Claus has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit the boys and girls of the Big Bear Valley this week, along with the help of the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club.  Santa has flown into town the last few nights and visited with children young and old, lighting the valley up with holiday cheer. Santa will be making a few stops around the valley tonight, before he heads back to the North Pole to gather up presents to deliver late Christmas Eve night.  As Santa will be flying in on a much larger sleigh, along with the reindeer on Christmas Eve, the Big Bear City airport is preparing the runway for Santa’s arrival.  The airport crews are making sure the runway will be clear of any ice and snow, and that it will be well lit for the jolly man in reds arrival to the Big Bear Valley the night before...

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Airport & Community Takes Flight For Doves

Big Bear, Ca, December 23, 2011, 9:00am – The Big Bear City Airport is in the spirit of Christmas and giving this holiday’s season.  During the month of December donation cans were distributed around the valley at Amangela’s, Sugar Pine Bake Shop, the Copper Q, UPS Store, Shelli’s Hallmark, Get the Burger, Diamond Lil’s, Maggio’s Pizza, El Jacalito and the Barnstorm Restaurant.  Donations were also collected at the Airports annual Christmas potluck.  The Big Bear City Airport was able to present Doves, Big Bear’s local domestic violence outreach center, with a check for $500.00.  Airport General Manager Pete Gwaltney, and Airport Board President Gary Steube presented Doves President Sandy Benson with the check, in which she was extremely grateful for.  The Airport plans on “taking flight for Doves” on an annual basis, and helping support...

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