According to MARIKAY Lindstrom the Big Bear Airport is one of two of the most
challenging airports in California; the other is Catalina Island; to be greatly
appreciated by experienced pilots. In fact, it is essential for a new pilot
checked-out with an instructor, before attempting to fly into either airport.
Each has its own and unique trials.
About 35 years ago, MARIKAY Lindstrom made her maiden voyage to Big Bear Airport in her
own, Cherokee Archer -321. So proud that the landing went smooth the aircraft
came to a stop in the middle of the runway. The excitement overwhelmed her; the
tears flowing, she heard a voice, ‘It’s not a very safe place and maybe you
better taxi-off!’ That day and every day
since, Big Bear Airport has been her prized airport!”
A seasoned pilot, MARIKAY Lindstrom has logged many miles, coast to coast of the
good ole United States including Alaska. Her various professional capabilities include:
Chief Pilot for the Big Bear Airport Staff and Board of Directors, Unicom
operator. When with Aero Haven at Big Bear Airport, Marikay transported
passengers, cargo, and bank checks across the SoCal.
Through the years she has observed the
growth of Big Bear Airport and now, in present time, this Airport is
accommodating small jets, both civilian and military, with much improved accommodations
to better service Valley Visitors.
And now…. with the addition of MERCY AIR based
right here in our hometown, Big Bear City, California, at Big Bear Airport, we
will have new challenges, rather adventures for all concerned.
Should you or a loved-one have a medical
emergency, partners Big Bear Fire Department, Bear Valley Community Healthcare
District, Big Bear Airport and Mercy Air have the state-of-the-art service, to take
action on a moment’s notice? Big Bear Airport is vital to the people of the Big
all roads are hazardous or closed because of an incident… When Big Bear Valley access is
compromised… When fire threatens our communities,
the AIRPORT IS ACCESSIBLE!
is a gateway to the Big Bear Valley and a staging area and communications center
for the big tankers, firefighting equipment, aircraft and helicopters.
Bear Airport contributes greatly to the growth, prosperity and safety of our
community. There is nothing I would like
to promote more than this airport and the COMMUNITY COMRADERY, CONSIDERATION
AND UNDERSTANDING of one another !
I’m elected to serve as a Director to the Big Bear Airport Board I will make it
my first priority! I’m known to listen
to others and empathize with the people of the Valley, about their views for
Big Bear Airport.
a Director to the Big Bear Airport Board, MARIKAY
will be attentive and act upon issues involving the airport staff and/or the
MARIKAY will strive to
inhibit negative press involving the
airport and community. It is
unproductive for us all.
conservative with expenditures, maintaining a healthy reserve while improving the
woman, MARIKAY Lindstrom opened a successful
Optometric Practice in Big Bear Lake, which is successfully continuing today,
under new ownership.
worked with the State of California producing the first Big Bear City
Airport Economic Impact Report.
was named Professional Pilot of the year
Orange County 99’s (International Organization of Women Pilots) and was
Southwest Section Secretary.
in the Bear Mountain Adaptive Ski School, the ski patrol, the Performing Arts
Center, the Discovery Center and more. MARIKAY
Lindstrom was a founding member of Angel Flight volunteers, flying patients
and medical supplies for treatment at no-charge.
a footnote, MARIKAY
Lindstrom was the first woman asked to join the Mens evening Rotary of Big Bear Lake. She has a varied background in business and
aviation, and most qualified, fair, strong, intelligent and has excellent
concludes, “My greatest goal is to lead the people of this Big Bear Valley, to love
the Big Bear Airport as much as I did the first time I landed my little pink
airplane in this magnificent valley!”
YOU, for Your VOTE for me to serve as a Director on the Big Bear Airport Board
International Organization of
Marikay Lindstrom, Diane
Irene Engard, Shirley McFall Photo by Marikay
FRIENDS Marikay &
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
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