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News Caitlin ConradKSBW

F-22 Raptors fly over Salinas, Monterey

Two of the best combat jets in the world flew into the Monterey Regional Airport on Monday. The Air Force flew in the pair of F-22 Raptors for the California International Airshow Salinas this weekend. The jets had to land in Monterey because the runway is longer than the one in Salinas. The Raptors are two of just 187 the Air Force has in use.

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The Big Switch
Monterey Regional Airport "Flips the Switch" on Solar Project Expected to Save $5.5 Million in Energy Costs

MONTEREY, Calif., – Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) celebrated the completion of its new, on-site solar program during a “flip the switch” event connecting a field of solar panels beside the runway to the electricity grid last Thursday, September 21, 2017. Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, MRY’s new clean energy generation capacity represents a new chapter in the airport’s innovative approach to enhancing the environmental impact of its facilities.

News Caitlin ConradKSBW

Del Rey Oaks and Monterey Regional Airport to share police chief

Del Rey Oaks is getting a new police chief and he is keeping his old job. Jeffrey Hoynes the current Airport Services police chief will head up the Del Rey Oaks Police Department starting October 2, 2017. Hoynes will split his time between the two departments.

News Caitlin ConradKSBW

Monterey Airport going solar

The Monterey Regional Airport is now home to 2,354 solar panels that will take the airport 95 percent off the grid.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey Regional Airport celebrates completion of its solar project

The multi-million dollar solar array project at the Monterey Regional Airport will be unveiled on Thursday, flipping the switch on the energy needs of 95 percent of the facility.  “Financially it makes sense and it’s our effort to be more environmentally friendly,” said Mike La Pier, Monterey Regional Airport executive director. “It’s the greening of the airport.”

News David SchmalzMonterey County Weekly

Del Rey Oaks and Monterey Airport prepare to share a police chief, and maybe departments

There may soon be a new police chief in Del Rey Oaks – though the city will share him with another police department.  On Aug. 22, Del Rey Oaks City Council authorized City Manager Dino Pick to enter into a contract with the Monterey Peninsula Airport District to share the services of Airport Police Chief Jeffrey Hoyne, a move that is expected to save Del Rey Oaks about $63,000 per year compared to hiring its own chief.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey Regional Airport gears up for Classic Car Week

Air travel to the Monterey Peninsula is expected to peak during Classic Car Week from Aug. 11-20, bringing high-end business to vendors and tenants at the Monterey Regional Airport.

“Concours week is one of the busiest times of the year along with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am,” said Michael La Pier, airport executive director. “Corporate aviation, and the non-commercial base in and out of here, will be busy.”

News Pam MarinoMonterey County Weekly

Monterey airport awarded $1.8 million federal grant for lighting updates

The Monterey Regional Airport is getting a big boost toward shedding more light on things. The airport is receiving a $1.8 million federal grant from the Department of Transportation, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced July 27. The monies will go toward updating the lighting systems for a runway and a taxiway.

News National Press ReleaseTransportation Security Administration

TSA Raising Aviation Security Baseline with Stronger Domestic Security Measures

WASHINGTON – To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. Following extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.

News Melia RobinsonBusiness Insider

America’s most scenic drive has been devastated – so a luxury resort is helicoptering guests in

In May, one of the biggest landslides on record in California buried a small section of Highway 1 - a famous coastal highway - under 40 feet of rubble. The blockage has devastated the ever-popular Big Sur region, where local businesses, resorts, and retreat centers attract tourists from around the world.  But it hasn’t stopped visitors with funds to spare from visiting.

News Marielle ArguezaMonterey County Weekly

Monterey Regional Airport poised to go solar

Just off of a road behind the Monterey Regional Airport’s airstrip, a lone construction worker smoothes over a freshly poured concrete pad on a fenced-off sandy lot. A few feet away from him, a bundle of steel beams glitter in the sunlight.

News Kelley NixThe Carmel Pine Cone

Airport May Get Nonstop to Dallas

Hoping to attract more tourists and dollars from the Lone Star State, the Monterey Regional Airport and local business leaders are actively trying to get daily nonstop flights between the Monterey Peninsula and Dallas-Fort Worth, officials told The Pine Cone this week.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey Regional Airport Expects to Have Solar Power by End of July

If everything goes its way, the Monterey Regional Airport could be saving on its energy bills by the end of July.

The California Energy Commission in Sacramento on Wednesday is considering taking action on a request from the Monterey Peninsula Airport District to approve an agreement for a $3,000,000 loan, at one percent interest, for the Monterey Regional Airport Photovoltaic Project.


TSA Airport Holiday Travel Tips

Airlines for America projects more than 27 million people will fly on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving travel period, up 2.5 percent from last year.

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Art at the Airport
Feeling Groovy opens on the mezzanine gallery at the Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey, CA – Remember Go-Go boots, love beads, and Good Vibrations? Revisit the 1960s at the Monterey Regional Airport’s newest exhibition, Feeling Groovy. The exhibit showcases collections that reflect music, entertainment, and home life in 1960s Monterey County.

Artifacts featured in the exhibit are diverse, ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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Safety Enhancement Project

Public Scoping Meeting for Environmental Assessment (EA) for Proposed Airport Safety Enhancement Project

Monterey, CA (November 28, 2016) – Michael La Pier, Executive Director for the Monterey Regional Airport (Airport), announced today that a Public Scoping Meeting will be held for the Environmental Assessment (EA) that is currently being prepared to consider the potential environment impacts of the proposed Airport Safety Enhancement Project for Taxiway “A” Relocation and Associated Building Relocations (proposed project) at the Airport. The Scoping Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Airport District Board Room on the second floor of the Airport Terminal, at 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey CA 93940. The meeting format is an informal open house and interested parties are invited to stop by to view maps and displays, communicate with Airport staff, and provide their written comments. Airport staff will be available to gather the public’s thoughts about what alternatives and environmental impacts should be studied in the environmental analysis.

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Monterey Regional Airport Announces Air Service Incentive Program Extension
Airlines encouraged to launch new nonstop flights

Monterey, CA – The Monterey Peninsula Airport District Board of Directors approved extending the Air Service Incentive Program for airlines to encourage nonstop service to new destinations from Monterey Regional Airport. The top destinations the airport is seeking include Seattle, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver and Mexico. The Air Service Incentive Program was originally approved in 2014 and was set to expire on March 31, 2016. It has been extended for an additional two years.

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Airport Completes Runway Safety Area Improvements Project

Monterey, CA - Monterey Regional Airport General Manager Mike La Pier today announced the completion of the Airport’s federally mandated Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project. “I want to congratulate my Board of Directors, my staff, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), consultants, construction contractors as well as the community, traveling public and users who have all supported this project the past several years.” As of today, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been returned to service when the new procedures were published and available.