I’ve added some new photos of the Corona Airport flood. These are great aerial shots that really show the extent of the damage.
I don’t know who took these pictures. I’ve just been saving copies of anything and everything to my hard drive in an attempt to preserve a record of what’s happened. I know these images are available in other places on the web, but you never know when they’ll be moved or lost. One thing I’m good at is archiving copies, and I’m sure years from now someone will have a hard time believing how much water covered the field. And how fast it all happened.
A quick update on the status of the airport: basically it’s still closed to all air traffic and most all ground vehicles. The longer it stays closed, the worse the financial damage will be to the businesses that call Corona home. There are some plans afoot to seek disaster aid from the state, but politics being what it is, I’d bet that no government agency will provide any relief. Like virtually every general aviation airport, Corona Municipal will be left to sink or swim (literally) on it’s own. Sad. And cynical, I know. But that’s how it is.
In other airport news, it seems that the world’s coolest little airport, Agua Dulce, is going to be shut down to outside traffic permanently. The forward looking citizens of Agua Dulce have seen fit to generate the half dozen or so complaints needed to close a public airport. This despite something like eight thousand letters of support for the field.
The airport owner, Barry Kershner, has sunk several million dollars into improvements at Agua Dulce. A killer pilots lounge & diner, swimming pool, recreation areas, and more. Not to attract jets or big business, but simply to make the airport a safe, friendly and community-centric place that the residents of Agua Dulce could look at with a sense of pride and ownership. But no good deed goes unpunished when you’re a pilot, and they seem to be forcing Barry to protect his investment by agreeing to ban all aircraft not based at Agua Dulce from landing there. The alternative is that they seek to have his operating permit revoked.
If the airport is closed, I hope Barry turns the property into the most garish and obnoxious strip mall ever created. If the residents of Agua Dulce favor a scorched earth policy, then that’s what they should get.