IYK seeks $500K grant

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors approved an action item at its April 17 meeting that could help Inyokern Airport restore commercial air service. The board approved $15,000 in funding to Sixel Consulting, which was contracted to recruit a new vendor after . . . Read Full Story >>

Cal UAS — the path forward

Rebecca Neipp

With a continuously changing political landscape that has altered the face of Cal UAS over the last several months, Eileen Shibley recently outlined how the effort has reinvented its organizational structure and mission to adapt to that environment. Chief among those developments is its new . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF — no fall fair this year?

Linda Saholt

The Desert Empire Fairgrounds is in serious financial difficulty. According to Mike Leming, DEF manager, there’s a 50-50 chance the Desert Empire Fair won’t be held this year. If there is a fair, it might be the last one. “This is going on our third . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook speakers celebrate innovation

Outlook speakers celebrate innovation

Rebecca Neipp

While the technical definition of “innovation” merely relates to the introduction of something new or different, the unspoken associations conjure up a subtext that these changes make us more efficient, more capable, more relevant. The speakers on this theme — who addressed nearly 200 at . . . Read Full Story >>

Inventor-record holder shares story of triumph in adversity

Inventor-record holder shares story of triumph in adversity

Rebecca Neipp

Sometimes a lack of resources is not a deterrent to success, but a vehicle for it — especially when that deficit is offset by creativity, passion and old-fashioned hard work. Headlining a slate of innovative speakers for the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference (see also . . . Read Full Story >>

Aerospace speakers headline outlook conference

A few tickets still remain for the 27th Annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo, set for Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Kerr McGee Center, hosted by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. With a theme of “Innovation” and a dynamic panel of speakers, this . . . Read Full Story >>

Aviator-entrepreneur to  highlight Outlook Conference

Aviator-entrepreneur to highlight Outlook Conference

Attendees at the 27th annual Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference will look up as well as ahead as they learn about the latest in electric airplane technology from keynote speaker Chip Yates. A world-class aviator and entrepreneur, Yates has brought excitement and world records . . . Read Full Story >>

Aerospace bills pass Assembly

The California Assembly passed two bills relating to aerospace last week, paving the way for what local leaders hope may be economic growth in the burgeoning unmanned-systems and commercial space sectors. Assembly Bill 1327 is a first step toward opening up the skies for potential . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate: What buyers may not know about realtors

By CLINT FREEMAN Coldwell Banker Best Realty Many buyers are often unaware of the process of working with and selecting a realtor. A potential buyer has the ability to select and work with any agent they choose. A survey from the National Association of Realtors . . . Read Full Story >>

Economic Outlook Conference set for Feb. 27 at Kerr McGee Center

Tickets are now on sale for the 27th annual Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo, set for Feb. 27 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest. Aviator Chip Yates, this year’s keynote speaker, is a world-class aviator and entrepreneur who is pioneering . . . Read Full Story >>

Mojave Air & Space Port New Year’s Greeting

Mojave Air & Space Port New Year’s Greeting

By STUART O. WITT CEO and General Manager Happy New Year! On January 1, 1914, America entered the commercial air service arena with a flight that lasted just a few minutes and carried one passenger sitting on a wood seat across a short distance in . . . Read Full Story >>

Staff prepares project list for more than $20M in TAB funds

Rebecca Neipp

The long-awaited Tax Alloca-tion Bond money is about to break through to the council level for review, discussion and final allocation, according to Ridgecrest City Manager Dennis Speer. The city sold some $30 million in bonds through the now defunct Ridgecrest Redevelopment Agency in 2008. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cal UAS moves forward as test site

Cal UAS moves forward as test site

CalUAS — In the wake of the FAA’s Dec. 30 designation of six test sites for integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into national airspace, local leaders expressed disappointment that CalUAS was left out of the selection. However, confidence that the Inyokern Airport-based effort would play a . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern moves forward despite site selections

Inyokern moves forward despite site selections

INYOKERN, CA — In the wake of the FAA’s Dec. 30 designation of six test sites for integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into national airspace, local leaders expressed disappointment in CalUAS being left out of the selection. However, the confidence that the Inyokern Airport-based effort would . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire Dept. gains two positions

Linda Saholt

Two area fire stations are now each a position stronger, thanks to the federal government’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Kern County applied for and received more than $7 million in this grant. While most of the grant went for staffing . . . Read Full Story >>

Police receive special traffic grant

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment has been awarded a $99,670 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant will aid in the city’s effort . . . Read Full Story >>

Danish news crew visits Inyokern Airport

Danish news crew visits Inyokern Airport

CAL UAS — The local effort to create a safe haven for the advancement of unmanned systems at Inyokern Airport has attracted the attention of a Danish news crew, which spent Monday with team members of Cal UAS in an effort to capture the existing . . . Read Full Story >>

Stars aligning for Cal UAS effort

The Cal UAS Portal team has announced the addition of several new teammembers to help the effort to make Inyokern Airport the premiere location for integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. What started as an effort to be named an FAA test site . . . Read Full Story >>

Space bill could help regional industry

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that could help protect private industry in the High Desert’s aerospace corridor was passed Monday, by a vote of 376-5, in the House of Representatives. The Space Launch Liability Indemnifi-cation Extension Act would continue for one year the risk-sharing and liability structure in . . . Read Full Story >>

Team Yates does it again!

Team Yates does it again!

Rebecca Neipp

Setting and breaking existing records and being featured in a documentary has become a regular weekend at Inyokern Airport for Chip Yates, whose exploits in electric flight have been captivating local audiences since his arrival in the high desert in summer 2012. And while his . . . Read Full Story >>