SBIA

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/15 – 5:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The October sky is expected to bring some things the San Bernardino International Airport hasn’t seen since its extensive revamping: vintage airplanes and cars, a country music concert, a nationally known aerial jet team — and something else, airport authorities say.

“It’s great PR for the airport,” said Mark Gibbs, deputy director of aviation. “A lot of people in the community wonder what’s going on at the airport. This is an opportunity for us to show what’s happening.”

The air show is targeted toward Oct. 17, soon after the general aviation hangar is planned to be opened and about the time the sheriff’s aviation complex is set for completion, said Gibbs, who brought the project forward for the airport board consisting of local elected officials to approve. Last week they did so unanimously, except for the absence of County Supervisor James Ramos.

The total cost is estimated at $322,000, divided among the airport authority and two partners, CBS Radio and the Heroes’ Wings Foundation.

According to the staff report prepared by Gibbs, the airport expects to get back all of its $139,700 investment — used for the aerial acts, security, fuel and other costs — through ticket sales, although if the event is canceled or rained out it will have spent $80,000 in unrecoverable costs.

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