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Bob Hope Airport Announces Plans to go ‘International’

One airport, two terminals – what to do?

Bob Hope Airport-1Bob Hope Airport Commissioners have voted to turn the existing terminal into an international hub after the new terminal has been completed in a couple of years.

According to the commission, there was really no plan for the land where the terminals, which have served the airport well for several decades, so why not take some of the stress off of LAX and offer international travelers an alternative.

With very little makeover, the terminals can have a passport center added and also equip the gates for the larger planes, such as the Airbus, that will allow airlines and travelers to make their destination in Burbank and avoid the traffic in Los Angeles.

One thing to consider is April Fools!!

Space Shuttle Endeavor To Fly Over Burbank

Burbank residents, along with others in Southern California, will have one last opportunity to view the Space Shuttle Endeavor flying through the sky on Friday morning.  It will be the last time a space shuttle will fly, ending a chapter in America’s space exploration program.

According to information from NASA, the shuttle will be over the greater Los Angeles area sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  It will be riding atop a special Boeing 747 that has carried it from Florida to Los Angeles. The plane and shuttle are scheduled to land at 12 noon. at Los Angeles International Airport.  It was originally schedule to land at 11 a.m., but it’s take off time from Edwards Air Force Base was pushed back an hour to allow for fog to lift in San Francisco before the shuttle flies over that city, and Sacramento prior to coming to Los Angeles.

If the plane carrying the shuttle follows the route that was flown by two jet  trainers making a practice run on August 25, it will come into Burbank from the southeast out of Glendale, after flying by the Griffith Observatory, roughly following the Golden State Freeway, at 1,500 ft.  The two planes made a 90 degree left turn at approximately Magnolia Blvd. and headed west.  The shuttle is scheduled to fly over Universal Studios, so the assumption is that it will head there, before continuing on it’s route.  Although the exact route has not been released, the shuttle is supposed to fly over the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge, Disneyland, the Queen Mary and USS Iowa in Long Beach, it’s future home in Exposition Park, the Getty Museum, and the Hollywood Sign.

The flight path, if it follows the practice run, should have the shuttle flying over or nearby to several schools in Burbank, including McKinley, Disney, Edison, Roosevelt, and Stevenson Elementary Schools, Jordan Middle School, and John Burroughs High School. According to the Burbank Unified School District, school principals have been notified about the shuttle flight. It is uncertain if students will be allowed to go outside the classroom and view the shuttle.  Parents may want to call their child’s school and determine if students will be allowed to watch the shuttle flight.

After the shuttle lands at LAX, it will be housed in a United Airlines hanger, where it will be readied for the drive to it’s permanent home at the California Science Center.  That move will take place sometime in October.

Pedestrian Struck And Killed Near Airport


Burbank Fire Dept. paramedics exchange information after attempting life-saving techniques on a pedestrian who was struck and killed on Empire Ave adjacent to the Bob Hope Airport on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


A pedestrian was struck and killed this afternoon, while crossing Empire Ave. near the Bob Hope Airport.

Burbank Police received the report of the accident at 3:50 p.m.  The unidentified male victim was apparently crossing Empire Ave. near Avenue A, the entrance to the airport from Empire.  The point of impact was near the end of the runway.   Burbank Fire Department paramedics responded to the accident scene and administered life-saving treatment to the victim.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The identity of the victim, a man in his mid-50’s, was not released pending notification of his next of kin.

The driver, who was in a rental car from Hertz, was questioned by officers at the scene and released.  The  18 year-old driver  from North Hollywood, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police. .   The accident is under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed the accident should call Det. Anderson in the Traffic Bureau at 818-238-3100.

This was the second fatal traffic accident this week.  On February 12, a motorcyclist was killed when he slammed into the back of a parked van on Alameda Ave. near Chavez St.

Police investagate the scene of the fatal accident for any evidence. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


The wideshield, hood, and right fender show the damage caused when this car struck a pedestrian on Empire Ave. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Airport Commissioner Charlie Lombardo Presents Senator Reid With Award In Washington

On February 2, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board member Charlie Lombardo honored Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with the 2011 Commissioners Congressional Leadership Award for his ongoing support of the aviation industry.

“It’s an honor to award Senator Reid with this year’s Commissioners Congressional Leadership Award,” said Charlie Lombardo, Vice Chair of ACI-NA’s Commissioners Committee and Board Member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in Burbank. “His position on the issue of Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) exemption on airport bonds is just one example of his support for the airport community. As an industry, we could not ask for a better advocate in the Senate.”

The AMT waiver allowed airports to begin capital projects that created thousands of jobs throughout the United States. The change also allowed many airports to begin new construction and refinance old debt, saving our industry millions of dollars in debt service.