The FAA delays the launch of California Pacific Airlines

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) has been delayed in its Part 121 certification process according to this report by U-T San Diego. The process has reportedly been brought back to the preliminary stages for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) according to the report. One of the issues appears to be whether the Embraer 170 can safely operate on Carlsbad’s short runway.

The McClellan–Palomar Airport is a public airport three miles (5 km) southeast of the city of Carlsbad in San Diego County on the Pacific Ocean. The single runway (6-24) is 4,897 feet long (1,493 meters).

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. The single Embraer ERJ 170-100LR (N760CP) sits unused on the tarmac at Carlsbad.

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3 thoughts on “The FAA delays the launch of California Pacific Airlines

  1. Lvcivs

    1493 meters? This is 170 meters longer than Rio’s SBRJ/SDU airport longest runway, that is just 1323 meters and where TRIP regularly flies its E175 and E190.

    Beyond that, SDU has regular scheduled operations of E190 and E195 from Azul, A319 from TAM and Avianca Brasil, 737-700 and 800 (these with Short Field Perfomance kit) by Gol.

  2. Larry Jenofski

    Two years into the process, and the geniuses at the SAN FSDO are just NOW wondering about the aircraft/runway combo. Really? I know the inspectors involved in the certification, and none of them can find their own behinds with both hands and a map. Too bad.

    1. Bruce Drum

      Thank you Larry. That is the rumor. However it is the first Part 121 application I can remember that has reverted back to the preliminary stage after all of this work for an AOC. It is a strange story indeed and we only have limited details.


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