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Notice of Vacancy (Board of Directors)

Interested persons are hereby notified that pursuant to Public Utilities Code §22406 there is a vacancy on the SANTA MARIA PUBLIC AIRPORT DISTRICT  Board of Directors. The position to be filled is a 4-year term ending December 2020. Applications are available at the Santa Maria Public Airport District Office located at: 3217 Terminal Drive Santa …

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Thunder Over the Valley Air Show

August 28 through 29, 2010 Sponsored by the Santa Maria Museum of Flight Honoring U.S. Coast Guard Aviation 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Santa Maria Public Airport Military demonstration teams, special exhibits, military and warbird static displays, souvenir and food vendors, Kiddie Corral For inquires:  Contact the Museum of Flight at (805) 922-8758.

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Tanker makes first US water drop on Santa Maria

By Julian J. Ramos/Staff Writer jramos@santamariatimes.com | Wednesday, April 14, 2010  A Russian-made firefighting tanker drops water Tuesday during a test over the Santa Maria Public Airport.  A Russian air tanker made its first water drop on American soil Tuesday in a demonstration flight at the Santa Maria Public Airport. Carrying 3,000 gallons of water, …

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Russian Air Tanker Lands in Santa Maria

Santa Maria City firefighter Shane Gidlund takes a photo of the Be-200. The Russian air tanker, known as the Altair, landed Wednesday at the Santa Maria Public Airport for a week-long visit. Below, Russian crew members unload their luggage. An amphibious aircraft being touted as possibly the future of aerial firefighting in America landed Wednesday …

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Biz Buzz: Airline that flies through Santa Maria expands to Hawaii

Allegiant Travel, the Las Vegas parent company of discount commercial carrier Allegiant Air, is expanding its service into Hawaii. The low-cost carrier currently offers regional service from Santa Maria to Las Vegas twice a day, according to schedules published online by the Santa Maria Public Airport District. The company is buying six Boeings over the …

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Aerial spectacular to soar this year at Santa Maria Public Airport

Thunder returns to air show By Julian J. Ramos / Staff Writer / jramos@santamariatimes.com | Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:00 am The roar of American air power will be back for the 2010 Thunder Over the Valley air show at the Santa Maria Public Airport, airport sources said. Last year, in a change from …

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High flyers bring in the crowd

Thousands of people craned their necks and squinted against the sunlight Saturday in an effort to glimpse the warbirds in flight over the Santa Maria Public Airport. Thunder Over the Valley, put on by the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, is expected to attract about 10,000 people for the two-day air show that ends today. …

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GM getting familiar with SMX

Chris Hastert’s first couple of months on the job as the Santa Maria Public Airport’s general manager have been “a little bit of a whirlwind.” He joins the airport at a time when longtime plans call for creating a business park and golf course south of the airfield, extending the runway and expanding airline service …

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Decorated WWII pilot still flying

On Veterans Day, Jim Kunkle Sr. had the thrill of participating in a prestigious ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery honoring those who have defended our country in the military services. His fellow Santa Ynez Valley resident, actress Bo Derek, also took part as mistress of ceremonies, introducing Vice President Dick Cheney, the guest speaker. However, …

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