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5 Aviation Companies Receive Awards: Compliance with Noise Abatement

Press Releases, Airport
July 16th, 2013

Press Releases

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013

Five Aviation Companies to Receive OAK Fly Quiet Awards for Outstanding Compliance with Noise Abatement Procedures

Banquet Honoring Winners to be Held on July 17th, 2013

Oakland, CA – July 12, 2013 – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, former City of Oakland Planning Commissioner Michael Colbruno began his service as a Port of Oakland commissioner, participating in his first Port Board meeting. Mr. Colbruno was nominated by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and unanimously approved as a Port Commissioner by the Oakland City Council on May 7, 2013.

“I look forward to continuing my servicOakland, Calif. (July 15, 2013) – Five aviation companies will receive Fly Quiet Awards for achieving outstanding compliance with the Oakland International Airport’s Fly Quiet Noise Abatement Program for calendar year 2012. This year’s inaugural winners of the Fly Quiet Awards will be recognized by the OAK Airport – Community Noise Management Forum at the Inaugural Awards Banquet to be held at the Jack London Aquatic Center on July 17th.

Oakland International Airport is committed to being a good neighbor and continues to encourage operators to comply with voluntary noise abatement procedures. The OAK Noise Forum was established in 1998 to address community concerns regarding aircraft noise in neighboring areas. Since then, the Noise Forum has developed and implemented noise abatement procedures that benefit local communities.

The OAK Noise Forum created the Fly Quiet Program to award and recognize those operators who comply with all noise abatement policies and procedures and achieve the highest level of compliance. “We are proud of this year’s award recipients,” said Michael McClintock, OAK Noise Forum Facilitator. “The Fly Quiet Program encourages aviation businesses to be responsible neighbors.”

The Fly Quiet award winners for 2012 are:
Airline Award – Southwest Airlines
Occupying twelve gates in Terminal 2 and employing over 2,200 employees at OAK, Southwest Airlines is the dominant air carrier serving OAK with more than 100 daily nonstop flights to 18 cities. Southwest Airlines has been an active participant in the Port’s aircraft noise abatement activities for many years.

Commercial Business Jet Award – NetJets Aviation
NetJets, Inc. is the worldwide leader in private aviation with the largest and most diverse private jet fleet in the world. NetJets began in 1964 as the first aircraft charter and management company and pioneered the concept of fractional aircraft ownership – offering individuals and businesses all of the benefits of whole aircraft ownership. The North America program is managed and operated by NetJets' subsidiary NetJets Aviation, Inc. NetJets offers aircraft management and charter services through its subsidiary, Executive Jet Management, Inc.

Private Business Jet Award – Chevron Corporation
Chevron’s Aviation Services flight department operates a fleet of aircraft that provides global transportation service for Chevron executives and employees out of its own hangar on the North Field at OAK. Chevron employs approximately 58,000 people worldwide. Through 2010, Aviation Services had flown 101,161 hours of accident-free flight operations. Chevron Aviation Services has an exemplary safety record and achieved phase I certification in IS-BAO. IS-BAO certification is a major industry honor that reflects Chevron’s Aviation Services’ quest for keeping safety at the forefront of their world-class flight department.

North Field Cargo/Charter Award – West Air Inc.
West Air Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas with offices and associated companies in Fresno, provides cargo feeder services to major worldwide courier companies. West Air is successfully managed by a team of dedicated professionals with extensive experience in cargo and passenger airline operations, providing the necessary leadership qualities to secure steady growth and profitability in ever changing markets. The Company's fleet presently consists of 35 Cessna Grand Caravan 208B aircraft that are operated in California, Nevada and Utah. Their “hub” cities are Sacramento, Oakland, Ontario, San Diego and Las Vegas. West Air maintains its aircraft at its own maintenance base in Fresno, California.

General Aviation Award – Oakland Flyers
Founded in 1989, Oakland Flyers is a flying club and training facility. As a flying club, they offer a well-maintained fleet of Piper, Cessna, and Bellanca aircraft for rent, as well as a Frasca 142 Flight Simulator. Club members also participate in fly-ins and member gatherings organized by the Club. As a training facility, Oakland Flyers offer professional flight training in accordance with Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. All flight instructors are independent high flight time professionals who work to provide the highest quality training. Oakland Flyers has a loyal customer base of approximately 400 members as well as an excellent reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area with aviation authorities and other aviation businesses. Its outstanding safety record reflects the quality of flight instruction as well as a high priority on maintenance standards.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port's jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

e to the community by joining the governing board of the economic engine of this region – the Port of Oakland,” stated Commissioner Colbruno.

Commissioner Michael Colbruno is currently a partner in the Milo Group of California, a public affairs firm, and managing member of Iris Outdoor, a billboard advertising firm. From 1999-2010, Mr. Colbruno served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor/Northern California. Prior to joining Clear Channel, Mr. Colbruno worked in local and state government as a legislative director and chief-of-staff in the San Francisco Mayor’s office, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and California State Legislature. Throughout his extensive career in public affairs, Commissioner Colbruno has overseen legislative activities and intergovernmental advocacy initiatives, media relations, and community affairs throughout the Bay Area.

Mr. Colbruno was appointed by three successive Oakland mayors to serve on the City’s Planning Commission, and during his tenure was selected to oversee the City’s rezoning effort. In addition to this prior public service, Commissioner Colbruno has served as chair of the Chabot Space & Science Center and chair/founder of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Corporate Counsel. He is currently a board member of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and the Berkeley Music Group, which is renovating the UC Berkeley Theater. He was named the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

About the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners:
The Port of Oakland is governed by a 7-member Board of Port Commissioners. The Board governance was established in 1927 to oversee the tidelands entrusted to the Port of Oakland by the State of California. Members must be residents of the City of Oakland, nominated by the Mayor, and appointed by the Oakland City Council to staggered 4-year terms without term limits. All Port Commissioners are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service to the Port of Oakland.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port's jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

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Port of Oakland
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