SCLA

A worker at Southern California Logistics Airport works on an aircraft engine. (Sarah Alvarado/Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 12, 2014 @ 7:09 pm
Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Parked airplanes dotted a wide expanse of concrete, nestled in hangars and lined up in rows in areas often mistaken for boneyards. During a recent tour of Southern California Logistics Airport, the massive logistics and industrial park seemed rather quiet while certain corners faded into the abandoned George Air Force Base housing not far away.

But the airport built on part of the former military installation has been anything but silent. Companies including Boeing, Pacific Aerospace Resource and Technologies and Leading Edge, which lease hangars there, have ramped up work thanks in part to a boom in fuel-efficient engine testing, according to Victorville Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler, who is in charge of operations at the facility.

While SCLA is bustling with aircraft testing, maintenance, modifications, painting and disassembly, it also boasts among its tenants the likes of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Newell Rubbermaid, Plastipak and M&M Mars.

Currently at full tenant capacity, the 5,000-acre site finds itself at a crossroads in terms of its aviation-oriented development, Metzler said.

“The only options we have right now are to continue to grow and accommodate demand for aviation space,” he said.

Putting it in perspective, only about 3 million square feet of the park’s 18 million square feet has been developed thus far, leaving an opportunity to expand by a factor of six. However, the infrastructure isn’t there to make such an expansion a reality yet. Site planning is already underway to decide how best to make it happen.

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