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Plane Crash Update: Pilot President of Tower General Contractors

Big Bear, Ca, February 3, 2011, 12:00pm – The following is an update about Jose Flores-Cortez, who crashed his plane into two Big Bear City homes on January 30th.  Flores- Cortez is the President of Tower General Contractors Inc., which is the largest minority-owned General Contractor Company in Los Angeles County.  Mr. Flores, was the aircraft’s only occupant, and was transported to  Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he is currently in critical condition, and expected to make a full recovery.  The aircraft Flores was piloting was a Piper Twin Comanche registered to Tower General Contractors.  The plane developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff, and according to the FAA, Flores was attempting to turn the plane around and return to the airport when his plane crashed into two houses.  No one on the ground was injured, however two houses were badly damaged. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30398.mp3|titles=Plane Crash and Pilot Update...

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Big Bear City Plane Crash Update

Big Bear, Ca, February 1, 2011, 4:00pm – The following is an update about Pilot Jose-Flores Cortez who crashed his plane into two homes on Sunday January 30th.  Cortez was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs on Sunday, and was found to have a broken ankle, collapsed lung, and was put into an induced coma Sunday evening.  According to the Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) Cortez had taken off in his Twin Engine Comanche on runway 2 6 of the Big Bear City Airport, and seemed to have been circling back to the runway when he crashed.  The FAA also reported that one engine was not turning at impact.  Cortez hadn’t owned the plane for very long, and had little experience with twin-engine aircraft.  The plane was dismantled and removed on Sunday afternoon. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30393.mp3|titles=Plane Crash...

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Big Bear Airport Board of Directors Special Board Meeting Today at 2:30pm

Big Bear City, CA, September 24, 2010, 12:30pm – The Big Bear Airport Board of Directors will conduct a special board meeting today at 2:30pm at the Big Bear City Airport at 501 W. Valley Blvd.  New business items on the agenda include discussion and direction on amending the Director’s Policy Manual, personnel policies and procedures and travel expenses for the Airport Manager.  Old business agenda items include discussion and direction of hanger, storage, tiedown and auto parking lease...

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Youth Aviation Adventure at Big Bear City Airport Draws Youth Aviation Enthusiasts

Big Bear City, CA, August 23, 2010, 3:00pm – On Saturday, August 21, 2010, at the Big Bear City Airport, 84 children between the ages of 12 to 18 from Southern California communities, including Big Bear, attended a full day of hands on aviation education in a program known as “Youth Aviation Adventure” or YAA.  The Big Bear Airport Pilot’s Association organized and hosted the event that was founded in 1997 by two Ohio pilots to enable Boy Scouts to earn their Aviation Merit Badge. At the end of the day this weekend, 62 Boy Scouts satisfied the requirements to earn their Aviation merit badge.  In March of this year, BBAPA member Richard Foat suggested the idea that the Pilots Association host a YAA event to educate community youth on the many opportunities, rewards and careers that aviation has to offer.  Participants included scout leaders, airport volunteers, Big Bear City Fire personnel, Civil Air Patrol cadets, Upland Fire and Mercy Air Helicopters, and 2 dozen Big Bear pilots.  The children who participated learned about aircraft preflight checks, airport operations, airport firefighting operations, helicopters, aerodynamics, and careers in aviation, aircraft engines, homebuilt aircraft, and...

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Big Bear Airport District’s Lease Committee and Finance Committee Meeting Results

Big Bear City, CA, July 26, 2010, 12:00pm – On Friday, July 23rd, the Big Bear Airport District held consecutive meetings for the Lease Committee and the Finance Committee.  The Lease Committee comprised of Gloria Greene and Jay Obernolte, discussed issues relating to the airport hangers.  Per Airport General Manager, Pete Gwaltney, due to the number of vacant hangers rented by the Airport District, it was discussed at the last General Board meeting that an offer be made to contact the current tie-down renters, that is, those who tie-down their aircraft on the tarmac of the Airport rather than rent a hanger.  The offer would be for two months free hanger rent with a one-year signed rental agreement.  To date, the number of hanger vacancies now available through the rental program at the Big Bear City Airport is 16 hangers of their total 131 hangers, which represents a 12% vacancy.  Ina  side note, as of August 1, 2010, the Airport District will be acquiring an additional 10 hangers in “D” row from Nunno Corporation.  Nunno Corp is athe company that originally built the “D” row hangers in 1986 and they retained ownership until now, but, the contract between Nunno Corp and the Airport District states that the Airport would purchase the additional hangers as of August 1st per airport personnel.  The Finance Committee, comprised of Gloria Greene and Julie...

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