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California Pacific finally launches operations from Carlsbad, CA

California Pacific Airlines on November 1, 2018 was finally able to launch operations from Carlsbad, CA. Owner Ted Vallas, age 97, was finally able to celebrate the launch of his newest airline.

The first routes from Carlsbad flew to San Jose and Reno. Service to Phoenix and Las Vegas starts on November 15.

The airline was able to launch operations after acquiring ADI.

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) service is operated by Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), a certified FAA 121 Air Carrier (Cert# BUEA634C) offering scheduled flights and large aircraft operations. ADI has safely and securely served the aviation industry for 58 years and operates a fleet of 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jets throughout the U.S.

All images by CPA.

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California Pacific Airlines adds Mesa, Arizona

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) which earlier this week announced the details of its inaugural west coast service, today announced it will add PhoenixMesa, Arizona to its growing list of destinations served from its base of McClellan – Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California.

 

CPA service to the Phoenix metro area will commence November 15, 2018.  CPA will be announcing additional western routes in the near future.

The initial flight schedule between Carlsbad and PhoenixMesa, effective November 15, 2018 will consist of one round trip each week day with a single round trip each Saturday.

Flights from Carlsbad to Phoenix-Mesa, AZ

Flights from Phoenix-Mesa, AZ to Carlsbad

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2:30 pm

4:35 pm

MO, TU, WE, TH, FR

5:05 pm

5:15 pm

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10:45 am

12:50 pm

SA

1:20 pm

1:30 pm

SA

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) service is operated by Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), a certified FAA 121 Air Carrier (Cert# BUEA634C).

Photo: CPA.

California Pacific Airlines announces its inaugural schedule and fares

California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 N286SK (msn 145443) (California Pacific). Image: 943324.

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) today announced the details of its inaugural west coast service that will commence November 1, 2018. Flying from its base at the McClellan – Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California, CPA will initially offer service to the communities of San Jose, CA; and RenoLake Tahoe, NV.  On November 15th CPA will add service to Las Vegas, NV.  CPA will be announcing additional western routes in the near future. CPA will offer a variety of competitive fares on all flights, seating may be limited.

“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of a multi-year effort that will bring significant convenience in air travel between San Diego’s North County and the top Western-Region destinations our community wants to fly to nonstop,” remarked California Pacific Airlines Chairman Ted Vallas. He continued, “California Pacific Airlines will bring the north county a new-found convenience in air travel options.  Our initial set of cities will address the needs of both business and leisure travelers from nearby McClellan – Palomar Airport.  Passengers can spend less time fretting the drive to and from the airport, and spend more time enjoying their destination.”

CP Air will initially operate 50-seat, Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft on the four nonstop routes. The scheduled, commercial-service flights will operate from the passenger terminals at airports in San Jose, Reno, and Las Vegas.

The initial flight schedule between Carlsbad and San Jose, effective November 1, 2018 will consist of two round trips each week day with a single round trip each Saturday and Sunday.

Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose                           

Flights from San Jose to Carlsbad

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7:00 am 

8:15 am

MO, TU, WE, TH, FR, SA          

8:45 am 

10:00 am  

MO, TU, WE, TH, FR, SA

6:00 pm  

7:15 pm

SU, MO, TU, WE, TH, FR   

7:45 pm 

9:00 pm   

SU, MO, TU, WE, TH, FR

The initial flight schedule between Carlsbad and RenoLake Tahoe, effective November 1, 2018 will consist of a single round trip each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Flights from Carlsbad to Reno/Lake Tahoe            

Flights from Reno/Lake Tahoe to Carlsbad

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10:30 am   

12:00 pm  

MO, WE, FR, SU

12:30 pm  

1:55 pm 

MO, WE, FR, SU    

The initial flight schedule between Carlsbad and Las Vegas, effective November 15, 2018 will consist of a single round trip Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Flights from Carlsbad to Las Vegas                     

Flights from Las Vegas to Carlsbad

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10:45 am

11:55 am  

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12:40 pm 

 1:45 pm

TU, TH

2:30 pm  

3:40 pm   

SU                        

4:10 pm  

5:15 pm   

SU

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) service is operated by Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), a certified FAA 121 Air Carrier (Cert# BUEA634C) offering scheduled flights and large aircraft operations. ADI has safely and securely served the aviation industry for 58 years and operates a fleet of 50-seat regional jets throughout the U.S.

All images by California Pacific Airlines.

Aerodynamics, Inc. – ADI rebrands as California Pacific Airlines

Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI), the commercial airline with scheduled service and charter operations, is rebranding as California Pacific Airlines (CPA). The new branding will transition throughout the month of August with a planned September 1, 2018 launch of CPA branded flights.

On September 1, 2018 all flights will fly under the new trademark California Pacific Airlines. This includes the Essential Air Service (EAS) routes currently operated in South Dakota and Denver, CO. All CPA aircraft will transition to the new livery, and all airport stations will receive updated branding as well.

CPA is also pleased to announce the launch of its new reservation platform which replaces the Great Lakes system ADI previously used for its South Dakota routes.

All current ticket holders that purchased flights through CPA’s previous partner, Great Lakes, before August 1, 2018 will not experience any disruption with their flights.

In a related development, CPA has recently signed a lease with the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA.  Carlsbad will serve as the base for CPA’s planned growth on the west coast.

“We should be announcing our initial service points, schedule and fares in the next week or so for the west coast operation,” commented CPA’s Mickey Bowman, Executive Vice President and COO.  He continued, “We have set a target of November 1, 2018 for our first flights from Carlsbad.  We will be holding job interviews to staff our Carlsbad pilot base in the next few weeks. This base will be unique in that we envision the pilots primarily flying same day trips, without the need to be away from family and friends for extended periods of time.   We anticipate hiring Mechanics and Ground Service Agents as well as we get a bit nearer the November 1st launch date.”

California Pacific Airlines (CPA) service is operated by Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), a certified FAA 121 Air Carrier (Cert# BUEA634C) offering scheduled flights and large aircraft operations. ADI has served the industry for 58 years without incident or accident. ADI operates a fleet of 50 seat regional jets throughout the U.S.

All images by ADI/California Pacific Airlines.

California Pacific Airlines acquires SkyValue Airways (ADI)

California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad, CA), which failed in its first attempt to gain its Part 121 AOC with an Embraer 170 (above), is still alive. It has found another way to start operations in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo: California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

According to the San Diego Reader, “California Pacific Airlines (CPAir) has purchased a 58-year-old airline, currently flying as SkyValue Airways (ADI-Aerodynamics).”

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ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.

Above Copyright Photo: ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.

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The History of California Pacific Airlines by Ted Vallas:

In 1980 I had received air carrier permits and approvals to operate a scheduled 121 operation out of Carlsbad Palomar Airport to a number of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico cities.

Just prior to my first start, I had moved my Flag and Domestic Air Carrier operation from the Caribbean to Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport. The move added five Convairs and a complete repair station to my Palomar Operations.

At approximately the same time and prior to my start, a Lear Jet operator began a Lear training program using Palomar’s instrument landing system (ILS) and other facilities. He moved in a number of very noisy Lear Jets from other areas for touch-and-go operations. His flights caused hundreds of noise complaints from the area residents, which were definitely justified.

Even though I had received approvals for any operations after a number of hearings, the airport manager approached me to delay my flights until the Lear Jet operator completed his program and the complaints quieted down. I agreed with the understanding that the permits already granted to me would not require any further hearings.

After the Lear Jet operation left Palomar, but before I could start my schedule, area residents requested that I go through new hearings. The airport manager went along with their request and did not honor his commitment to me. He withheld my counter space and gate area telling me that the pressure from the area residents was too great on the City Council and him without new hearings. Realizing that I would not get new permits approved, I moved the flight operation to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

Barishnikov TourI was able to continue my helicopter operation, repair stations and my Super 580 Aircraft company modification center at Palomar. In preparation for my operations, I had built a number of hangars and office buildings at Palomar. I also approached the County to allow me to build a much needed new and modern terminal building and restaurant hoping that it would open the door for the return of my desired scheduled operations. Even though the airport manager and the County of San Diego approved of my request, the FAA did not.

About three decades later, the County of San Diego, owner of the airport, has taken an entirely different approach to its vision for the future of Palomar Airport by building a modern air terminal that meets my desire for a facility to support a scheduled airline operation. The first piece of my dream is now in place.

My business plan of 1980 was nearly identical to my proposed plan of 2009. I recognized thirty years ago the need for scheduled service from North San Diego County, which could be recognized as a “hometown airline.” Today, anyone who resides or conducts business in the North County will see an immediate need for better air transportation from our own area.

We only have to look back some twenty years when the pride and joy of San Diego residents was its Pacific Southwest Airline (PSA). It was a true regional airline flying point-to-point through the state and region. Back then, the entire San Diego County population was not as large as today’s North County of 1.3 million people.All Aboard

CP Air will rejuvenate the regional air system concept. You might rightfully say that I am copying and improving upon the successful portions of the old PSA plan of point-to-point service.

Operations out of Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport will save North County residents (1) a typical three-hour roundtrip to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, (2) a delay of ninety minutes standing in lines, clearing security, and preparing for flight, and (3) an average expense of $24 for parking.

To augment my original plan, I will use new, state of the art jet aircraft featuring 2 by 2 seating. This seating configuration offers a much more comfortable experience eliminating the dreaded “middle seat”, at least 31 inches of legroom, and the widest coach seat in the air. To add to the comfort and convenience, each of our passengers will receive a seat assignment.

The original proposed route map:

 

FAA will not review California Pacific’s application until next year, CPA furloughs all employees

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is becoming the poster child as the hard-luck airline wannabe that could not fly because  of the FAA’s inability to review and approve their Part 121 AOC application. The terrible saga continues. The company has suspended operations and furloughed all employees after receiving an official notification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it cannot review their AOC application until at least next year according to this report by U-T San Diego. The would-be airline had until September 13 to resubmit its application which it did. The dream of CPA’s founder, Ted Vallas, 91, is slowly getting away from him. Vallas proposed the airline in 2010 and had raised at least $11 million from investors.

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Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Meanwhile the pictured Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) arrived in Nashville, TN in late July from Arizona.

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California Pacific is again rejected by the FAA for an AOC

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) will not fly, at least not for now. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and this report by U-T San Diego, the FAA has again rejected the scheduled passenger airline application for the paper airline. The FAA cited various deficiencies in the application relating to safety, maintenance and inspections. The would-be airline has until September 13 to resubmit its application. CP Air remains confident it can correct the errors in its resubmission. The founder, Ted Vallas, is 91.

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Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Meanwhile the pictured Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) arrived in Nashville, TN in late July from Arizona.

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