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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.



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.

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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.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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 gets another chance, the FAA resumes its application review

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is getting another chance. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed the prospective airline that it is again restarting its review process of its airline application for a Part 121 AOC. Previously the FAA had suspended the review due to the Congressionally-mandated sequester budget cuts.

Read the full report from U-T San Diego: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) is the first aircraft for the would-be carrier and will now be used again for the review process.

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California Pacific now delayed by FAA budget cuts under sequestration

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) is still struggling to get airborne as we have previously reported. Following a break through with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on an issue (runway length?) that previously delayed the application for a Part 121 AOC, the FAA has now informed the paper airline that it does have enough personnel to review the application due to budget cuts demanded by Congress under sequestration according to this update by U-T San Diego. The application to fly is now suspended.

Will this would be airline ever get a chance to fly scheduled flights?

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Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) sits forlornly at the Carlsbad, California base without any place to go.

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California Pacific hires a new CEO, hopes to be airborne by the end of year

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) has hired a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who has recent airline experience. The company has hired John Selvaggio, “who in a 40-plus-year career has navigated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval process with American Eagle Airlines and Midway Airlines. He was CEO of Song (Delta Air Lines) and in 2007 became CEO of Comair (Delta Connection) (Cincinnati), stepping down in 2008” according to this report by U-T San Diego. The new CEO hopes to get the airline airborne before the end of this year.

California Pacific is currently the only U.S. airline start-up planning to operate jetliners. The paper airline was recently put back to the initial stage in its Part 121 application by the FAA.

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Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) sits on the tarmac at Carlsbad. The aircraft rental expense for the company is $200,000 per month.

California Pacific asks for an extension from the FAA and the DOT

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) which ran passed its deadline for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 certification and the Department of Transportation (DOT) deadline to start scheduled services has asked for an extension from both agencies as the paper airline continues to fill the required critical positions. The company has refiled its paperwork. According to this report by the U-T San Diego the investors have already spent $10 million trying to get the new airline flying including the monthly $200,000 rent on its sole aircraft (above).

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) sits on the tarmac at Carlsbad.

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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California Pacific Airlines now hopes to launch operations at the end of March pending FAA certification

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) now hopes to launch scheduled passenger operations at the end of March pending FAA certification. The new airline plans to operate  from Carlsbad (located between San Diego and the Los Angeles area) to Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose, Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and later to Cabo San Lucas in Baja, Mexico.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. California Pacific’s first 72-seat Embraer ERJ 170-100LR (N176EC, msn 17000006) was accepted on July 2, 2012. N176EC was previously operated by now defunct Cirrus Airlines as D-ALIA. The airliner has since been re-registered as N760CP, after the local telephone area code. N760CP is seen at the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California on the Pacific Ocean coast.

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