Blog Archive: Transportation

Close calls with drones spur federal registration of owners

WASHINGTON >> Concerned about rising reports of close calls and safety risks involving drones, the government announced Monday it will require many of the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft to be registered. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including near manned airplanes and at major sporting events, and there are reports of interference with wildfire-fighting operations, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.

Another Goodyear blimp is back in the skies over Carson

The Goodyear blimp is back in town. The Spirit of Innovation, a seasoned blimp from Florida, will ply California’s skies for more than a year from its air station in Carson until a permanent zeppelin arrives in 2016. The hand-me-down aircraft will temporarily fill a void left when the 13-year-old Spirit of America was retired in August. At 192 feet long and 60 feet high, the Spirit of Innovation was officially christened in June 2006 and was stationed at Pompano Beach in Florida for more than nine years.

Coast Guard Air Station at LAX moving to Oxnard in 2016, which may bring some noise relief to South Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard, a fixture at Los Angeles International Airport since 1962, will move its Air Station Los Angeles to Ventura County by mid-2016. The move means a loss of about 100 local jobs as the 18 pilots and 85 ground crew members relocate to the Oxnard air base with the four distinctive, bright orange MH-65 Dolphin short-range rescue helicopters.

United States Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

Home of Hollywood’s Real Heroes U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The unit started as an aviation detachment in 1962 with two HO-4s helicopters and has since grown to a station supporting four MH-65C “Dolphin” Helicopters.  Air Station Los Angeles maintains a Search and Rescue helicopter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is responsible for protecting the coastal area of Southern California from

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