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Big Bear Airport District Board of Directors convened Wednesday September 11, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. for the regular monthly meeting in the board room of the terminal building, located at 501 West Valley Boulevard in Big Bear City. 



At the introduction of the meeting, President Steve Castillo announced to the public (appox. 20) that Big Bear Grizzly had erroneously posted the resignation of the Airport’s General Manager Jack Roberts to be September 11th. 

Castillo handed hardcopy press releases to the press representatives who were present: Big Bear Grizzly Editor Kathy Portie and Big Bear Lake NewsRoom Editor E T Russell.  Castillo read the brief press release that says, ‘The Big Bear Airport District Board of Directors and the General Manager, Jack Roberts, jointly announce Jack’s resignation as of September 13, 2019. During contract negotiations, it became apparent that the District could not meet Jack’s salary requirements and Jack has chosen to pursue other endeavors.’ 

 

Jack Roberts joined the Big Bear Airport in September 2018 and immediately took on the tasks of continuing the progress of enhancing the organization as well as, applying his technology skills to keep up with the demand of good communications and updating the administration.  The general manager along with the board of directors have continued the pursuit of either renovating or completely constructing a new airport terminal.   

 

After graduation from Big Bear High School, Roberts enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, earned his B.A. in political science from Cal Poly and continued to his career in the military. After serving his country, Roberts moved his family to the mountain-top and take on several positions in community services such as: the DWP Board of Commissioners, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Board Director. 

As of today, Friday the 13th of September, Operations and Maintenance Manager Ryan Goss will serve as the Interim General Manager until a new General Manager has been selected.  Goss has been with Big Bear Airport for 20+ years and is a valuable asset to making progressive improvements. Goss was the overseer of the Fuel Farm that was installed in 2018, one addition appreciate by both local and visiting aircraft pilots. 

The August, 2019 Air Fair was enjoyed by 1000’s who benefited from the array of vintage war and military planes to experimental aircraft and drones.  There is a variety of reasons that the Big Bear Airport is in constant change and offers many aviation related opportunities. Some of our locals witnessed the two Black Hawk helicopters that were part of the movie-shoot recently. On a regular schedule many military aircraft are in training in the skies over Big Bear Lake and personnel enjoy the pleasure of Barnstorm lunchtime.  Saturday (9/14) morning the final session of the Summer 2019, ‘Young Eagles’ program, sponsored by the Pilots Association that will begin at 9:00 A.M.  ‘Young Eagles’ gives young people 8 years old to 17 years old the experience to participate and fly with pilots of aircraft from the local airport.   

 

The board of directors are: President Steve Castillo, Vice President Wes Krause, Director Bill Goddard, Director Marikay Lindstrom and Director Rick Seifert. The staff and board of directors welcome the public to attend the meetings as well as come out to enjoy the uniqueness of Big Bear Airport located in Big Bear City. For information visit the website at: www.flybigbear.com  

 

Big Bear Airport Airport District serves the Big Bear Valley by providing a safe, efficient and superior venue for aviation operations.

 

By E T Russell

Photos courtesy of Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Bruce Robert Black (passed May 12, 2018)