Humboldt’s air service?

This is a guest post from a regular reader we call “Mr Aeroplane” which makes it seem like a real stretch to say we have “regular” air service in Humboldt :

acv fog

26 Mar 11:53 pm PDT 51 51 100 CALM 0.50 FG VV002 1021.0 30.13 29.904 OK
26 Mar 11:48 pm PDT 52 52 100 CALM 0.50 FG VV002 30.13 29.904 OK
26 Mar 11:39 pm PDT 51 51 100 CALM 0.25 FG VV002

 fog 2

 What you are looking at is the inconvenient truth about ACV(Arcata Mckinleyville Airport). The CRJ200 cannot get a clearance to land when the visibility is 0.25. This has happened so far several times this month.

What this means is 1 out of 3 arrivals were cancelled on 3/26/2015, and thus the 6 am departure on 3/27/2015 is also cancelled. Everyone on these SkyWest flights in SFO last night and ACV this am will be trying to rebook or make other arrangements.

I have suggested to the office of the UAL CEO that they considered another arrival time less conducive to fog for this flight that remains overnight (RON), and they have concurred. This cancellation is especially troublesome since it only takes one to cancel a third of the flights yesterday and today—and it can take like forever to rebook.

SkyWest does not seem to send us a replacement flight. On all of these several cancellations, had they actually sent the CRJ200 to ACV, it could have gotten a clearance and landed. For instance, last night they would have had to loiter for less than ten minutes. Perhaps it would be better to schedule this flight in earlier, and have it depart that much earlier in the am in order to get the same use out of the aircraft.

 

United Flight 5523

Operated by Skywest Airlines dba United Express

Status: Canceled due to Severe weather conditions

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

City: San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Gate: 76B
Check-in Terminal: Terminal 3, Concourse F
Scheduled Time: 10:30 p.m.
Scheduled Date: Thu., Mar. 26, 2015
Estimated Time: Canceled
Estimated Date:

City: Eureka, CA (ACV)
Gate: 2
Terminal:
Scheduled Time: 11:40 p.m.
Scheduled Date: Thu., Mar. 26, 2015
Estimated Time: Canceled
Estimated Date:

Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft #N962SW

United Flight 6293

Operated by Skywest Airlines dba United Express

Status: Canceled due to Severe weather conditions

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

City: Eureka, CA (ACV)
Gate:
Check-in Terminal:
Scheduled Time: 6:00 a.m.
Scheduled Date: Fri., Mar. 27, 2015
Estimated Time: Canceled
Estimated Date:

City: San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Gate: 76B
Terminal: Terminal 3, Concourse F
Scheduled Time: 7:14 a.m.
Scheduled Date: Fri., Mar. 27, 2015
Estimated Time: Canceled
Estimated Date:

Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft #N962SW

fog3

 

The Examiner wonders if it would be easier to just drive north to Crescent City?:

PenAir is charged with providing Crescent City with 14 non-stop round trips on its 30-seat Saab 340 to Portland International Airport, a hub of PenAir’s codeshare partner Alaska Airlines, where passengers will be able to connect with other major carriers. 

http://www.triplicate.com/News/Local-News/PenAir-gets-DOT-approval

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8 thoughts on “Humboldt’s air service?

  1. Gonna get worse with the new CJ 50 jets, need more ceiling…time to consider alternatives to air travel from Humboldt…or maybe new airport inland out of fog belt..

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  2. By rescheduling one CRJ200 SkyWest flight that comes in near midnight and leaves at 6am perhaps ACV could have saved the Silver Lining (which closed this week) and it’s gift shop (also closed this week) with another flight during their open hours. Also, it might be less costly to ACV to compress the TSA and retired HCSO deputy coverage. Perhaps when the wind comes up in the afternoon…

    PenAir is getting $6.5 million to stuff taxpayer cash into empty seats for two years for the CEC to Portlandia run, called Essential Air Service (EAS). Under the current rules no airport can join this exclusive club unless they already have EAS. Absent EAS federal $, I can’t imagine any community nor airport having that kind of cash available. PenAir has to lease the Saab aircraft, hire the flight crews and open their hopeful new hub in Portland this September.

    http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/passenger-air-service-potential/article_b06cd6c0-d1e8-11e4-90c9-5b9377537282.html

    This airline is not exactly keeping their plans a secret.

    The question is, do they want $6.5 million for two years of service with 2 flights per day for their Saab story—as in CEC EAS (Crescent City Essential Air Service.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenAir

    http://www.penair.com/

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    • That is really interesting material, Anonymo2014. It looks like you become eligible for “essential air service” status once you don’t have a single profitable carrier. Thanks for pointing that out.

      So, at least until 2014 (and probably continuing, but I don’t know), Crescent City’s United to SFO runs received Essential Air Service subsidies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_Air_Service
      along with California airports in El Centro, Merced, and Visalia.

      According to Wikipedia, many of the airports receiving subsidies are within an hour’s drive of airports not needing subsidies. I assume that’s because the subsidies are for bidness, so, unlike welfare, they are a really good thing for People Who Matter.

      So, were United to leave, we’d become eligible for subsidies to attract… United. In other words, if we lose our United air connection to SF, we become eligible for a subsidized United air connection to SF? But our fares are high because we only have United? Am I understanding this correctly?

      What that says to me is the county could buy the equipment (2 used buses at $150,000 each) and pay the salaries for a few years (4 drivers at $40,000 each, 1 mechanic at $60,000) to operate several times per day express bus service to either Santa Rosa or Medford airports for what we are now dangling as bait to airlines. This would provide inexpensive and reliable transportation to airports with lower fares — let the fares pay for the fuel and some of the salaries. If this service caused United to become unprofitable, !poof!, we become eligible for subsidies to get United service.

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      • No airport can get into essential air service that is not currently in EAS—under the current rules.

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  3. By compressing the flight schedule, the COH could also compress the schedules of the custodian and airport service workers for Aviation, where despite freezing six workers and keeping layers of management and supervisors, they are still running a huge and increasing deficit.

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  4. For further information…

    http://flycrescentcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PenAir-proposal-at-CEC-February-17-2015.pdf

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del_Norte_County_Airport

    PenAir is hoping to be 10 to 20% better than SFO, depending on the weather, with on-time arrival and departure rates. However, current weather shows CEC has the same 0.25 visibility problem as ACV (fog). The above links have further information about CEC (Del Norte County Airport) and an 11 page .pdf file on the PenAir EAS (Essential Air Service) proposal. Below is a link to the weather at CEC and ACV.

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?wfo=eka&sid=Kcec&num=72&raw=0

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?wfo=eka&sid=KACV&num=72&raw=0

    PenAir will be trying to schedule a late night arrival with the aircraft remaining overnight (RON) and departing in the early AM during the business week so that one could theoretically make it to a destination and back in the same day.

    SkyWest is planning to bail on their EAS contract, leaving CEC with zero air service during the full months of May, June, July and August 2015. Their excuse is they have no EMB-120, but they are still using this aircraft for the Bakersfield/SFO flights on the above months per UAL.com. In the future I would think CEC would be well advised to add another thousand feet to the runway project now, in order to utilize the regional jet aircraft, as it looks like this Saab aircraft won’t be around much longer than the EMB-120. See

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_340

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  5. great article btw in the NCJ about the county airport budget and how this is another example of corporate welfare.

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