Gillespie Field

RESCUERS SEARCH FOR MISSING PLANE IN EAST COUNTY MOUNTAINS

 

October 9, 2013 (Julian ) –Amid cold, stormy conditions, a ground search is being conducted by Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in the Julian area for a Piper Mooney plane.   The small plane took off from Palm Springs for El Cajon’s Gillespie Field, but never arrived.

“They’re starting a ground search up in the Julian command area,” Lieutenant Dave Schaller with the Sheriff’s office told ECM tonight.  “We’re unable to get ASTREA up in the air due to the weather.” Lighting has knocked the webcam atop Volcan Mountain offline and snow is forecast to dip down to around 5,500 feet tonight.  Volcan Mountain is 5,350 feet.


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SUSAN DAVIS MEETS WITH FAA REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING GILLESPIE FIELD

March 3, 2013 (El Cajon) – Congresswoman Susan Davis called representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration to her Washington office to share constituent concerns with Gillespie Field flight paths.  Neighbors of Gillespie Field in El Cajon have complained of increased flight traffic, noise, and low-altitude flights.

“As discussion of Gillespie Field development continues, Congresswoman Davis is looking to balance economic expansion in El Cajon and East County with quality of life near the airport,” said Aaron Hunter, spokesperson for the Congresswoman.

The meeting was informational, though no course of action has yet transpired, he advised.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: STOP EXPANSION OF FLIGHT SCHOOLS AT GILLESPIE FIELD

By Sue Strohm, Advocates for Safe Airport Policies (ASAP) Steering Committee

October 24, 2012 (El Cajon)--Over the next year or so (over the objection of large numbers of County residents) the County Airports system will initially be digging up the former El Cajon Speedway and turning 21.5 acres (of the approved 70 acre parcel) of County airport land into the Cajon Flight Center. 


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PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING ON HIGHWAY 67

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Billy Ortiz

July 21, 2012 (Santee) – Pilot Wayne Oehler, 79 of El Cajon landed safely on State Route 67 in Santee this morning at 10 a.m. after the engine on his homemade plane locked up.

A California Highway Patrol officer noticed the Europa plane attempting to land on the northbound side of the highway and started a traffic break, helping the plane to land safely at the Riverford Road off-ramp, UT-San Diego reported.


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SUPERVISORS APPROVE GILLESPIE FIEILD REDEVELOPMENT DESPITE NEIGHBORS CONCERNS

                                         

By Ariele Johannson

July 16, 2012 (El Cajon)—San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 20 to approve the  Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) allowing redevelopment of 70 acres at Gillespie Field Airport from light industrial to aviation-only usage. 


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PILOT KILLED BY PLANE'S PROPELLER AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 Update January 31, 2012 - The Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Gordon Woodard, 41, of Santee.


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NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN OF LOW FLIGHTS NEAR GILLESPIE FIELD: AIRPORT AND FLIGHT SCHOOL DENY PROBLEMS


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PILOT SURVIVES EMERGENCY LANDING AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

July 14, 2011 (El Cajon)--An experimental single-engine plane had to make an emergency landing at Gillespie Field airport this morning after the pilot noticed he had a fuel leak and his pilot began to fill with smoke. He made a hard landing on the runway, bringing the plane in nose down as it came to a stop.


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WINGS OVER GILLESPIE AIR SHOW JUNE 3-5 PROMISES A "HOWLING GOOD TIME" FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

16th annual air show commemorates historic Battle of Midway

 

 

June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) — The 16th Annual Wings Over Gillespie air show will feature the howl of airplane engines such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-25 Mitchell bombers, Northrop N9M Flying Wing, F4F Wildcat, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless, and many more “flying museums.” Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other displays, Navy SEALs,  military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, and much more.

 

The air show performance days will be June 4–5,  with gates open from to 9 am to 4 pm, at Gillespie Field ,1960 Joe Crosson Road in El Cajon.


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VIDEO ADVENTURE: FLYING HIGH OVER EAST COUNTY


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LANDING GEAR ON PLANE COLLAPSES AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 


December 7, 2010 (El Cajon) – The landing gear collapsed on a Piper PA18 fixed-wing plane at Gillespie Field in El Cajon today, causing minor damage to the underside shortly after 3 p.m. There was no injury to the pilot and no passengers were on board.


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FLYING HIGH: PILOTS TAKE WING AT GILLESPIE AIR SHOW

 

 

Story, photos and video by Khari Johnson

 

June 15, 2010 (El Cajon) – Up to 10,000 people turned out to watch more than 20 different types of vintage planes as well as skydivers, historic re-enactors and pyrotechnics displays at Wings Over Gillespie last weekend. View ECM’s highlights from the event.


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TWO TROLLEY STATIONS CLOSED DUE TO PLANE CRASH IN SANTEE

 

June 2, 2010 (Santee) -- All service has been halted to the Gillespie Field and Santee Town Center trolley stations due to a downed plane in Santee. The plane came down on Cuyamaca Street at Prospect Avenue, where the trolley operates in the median, and took with it an estimated 150 feet of catenary wire which powers the trolley. The stations are expected to be closed through Thursday.

 

The plane had taken off from Gillespie Field when the pilot experience mechanical problems and turned back. The plane clipped trolley lines, crashing upside down onto a roadway.  Rescue workers had to wait for trolley lines to be deenergized before rescuing the pilot and sole occupant, who complained of numbness in his arm and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  


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DRIVER PASSES OUT, DESTROYS 2 PLANES AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 

November 26, 2009 (El Cajon) On this Thanksgiving Day, a motorist in El Cajon can be thankful he survived a freak accident that left his vehicle beneath a  plane at Gillespie Field.  Just after 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the 57 year-old driver traveling northbound on Johnson Avenue, just north of Bradley Avenue, apparently passed out behind the wheel. He then crashed through a fence near Golden State Flying Club at Gillespie Field into a row of parked planes, destroying two 152 Cessna’s and slightly damaging a third plane. When the driver awoke, his truck was under one of the planes.


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FLIGHTS OF FANCY: PILOTS FLOCKED TO VINTAGE AIR FLY-IN AT GILLESPIE FIELD

May 17, 2009 (El Cajon) – For Leslie Day and Heather Gamble, flying is all in the family.

“My father was a World War II pilot,” said Day, who know pilots a 1951 T-28 A Korean War trainer. (photo)


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