Holiday overflow. Nothing more, nothing less. The last scheduled flight is the morning of 24 December. The reason, largely, is Amazon built a massive warehouse just a few miles ESE of the airfield.
on the civilian side is run by the March Joint Powers Authority, which would be the County and City of Riverside and the Cities of Moreno Valley and Perris. The JPA exists as a result of BRAC downsizing RIV
from an active duty AFB to an Air Reserve Base. The JPA does have some room east of the approach end of Runway 32 and immediately south of the March Museum along the 215 Freeway (at Van Buren).
does only have a Cat I ILS to one runway, but it had Cat II
a few years go. The Air Force replaced all of the airfield lighting and the JPA decided against funding the Cat II
center line lights. The Air Force has no requirement for Cat II
, so they weren't paying. Requesting the FAA fund Cat II
or III for RIV
civilian operations would be a logical step for any move.
Moving from ONT
, in my opinion, has benefits and negatives. I'm not smart enough to perform the business case, however. For example, civilian operations are limited at RIV
to less than 25,000 operations due to the State Implementation Plan when the Base was reviewed under BRAC. That would be less than 12,500 aircraft in/out in a year. Now, the JPA could possibly go to the Air Force and ask to buy some of their operations, but I'm not sure they would do that. They could also pay for a full EIR to increase the operations. Another hurdle, and this may be crazy to some, is DHL still owns the hangar they built at RIV
. There is no way, IMO, they would allow UPS to use it. Heck, they probably wouldn't even sell it. I think that was a 30 year deal, so they have another 20 or so years left.
As far as the money side is concerned, RIV
is way, way, way cheaper than ONT
. There is a Joint Use Agreement between the Air Force and the JPA, but I cannot recall the exact terms. As for landing fees, I believe it is a one-time annual payment due in January for $10,000 that covers all aircraft below 40,000 pounds. For aircraft above 40,000 pounds, the fee owed to the Air Force is $0.25 per 1,000 pounds over the base 40,000 pound figure. There are probably fuel flowage fees and parking fees, but I'm not at all sure. Again, I think those are close. Outside of that, they would probably have to reimburse the Air Force for personnel costs to staff the airfield after their normal closing hours. That looks to be from 2300-0700. The Joint Use Agreement is probably available via FOIA if anyone were interested.