camarillo airport

A South Coast airport which has a huge shortage of hangar space has received a federal grant which will help efforts to ease the problem.

Camarillo Airport is getting $3.7 million dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration to build a new aircraft parking area. The 16,000 square foot apron will set the stage for the addition of new hangar space.

There’s currently a five year waiting list for hangar space at the airport.

A Ventura County man could face more than two decades behind bars after prosecutors say he entered guilty pleas to charges of running a scam at a South Coast Airport.

Ventura County prosecutors say Charles Samuel Smith helped a victim reach a deal for long term airport hangar leases at Camarillo Airport. But, investigators say he then forged the victim’s signature and re-leased the hangars, keeping more than $780,000 he collected. The 67 year old Camarillo man entered guilty pleas to 18 felony charges, including forgery, grand theft, and money laundering counts.

It’s an incredible sight that attract crowds wherever it lands.

It’s a Ford Tri-Motor, a type of plane which was world’s first mass produced airliner. This plane visiting Camarillo Airport was built in 1928, and was one of the actual aircraft used to start the first coast to coast passenger airline service. As the name implies, it has three engines, and has a distinctive all silver corrugated steel finish.

Now, the plane is operated as a flying museum by America’s Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation, not just educating people but giving them the chance to go on the flight of a lifetime.

(Collings Foundation Photo)

They’re a seven decade old slice of history.

The World War Two era B-17, B-24, and B-25 bombers, and a P-51 fighter are visiting the Central and South Coasts as part of a 37 state national tour.