One of the stated purposes of the Redlands Airport Association (RAA) is the preservation and enhancement of airports, airspace, and pilots' rights within California. The RAA has always tried to resolve issues affecting Redlands Municipal Airport, its businesses and tenants in a cooperative manner that calls attention to all the positives that Redlands Airport brings to Redlands and neighboring communities. We truly believe operating our association in that manner would always support the longevity of our airport.
Recently, the City of Redlands has given an airport business, Coyote Aviation, 30 days to surrender their hangar complex in the same or better condition as it existed at the time of approval pf the lease and with all improvements removed from the property. The city claims Coyote Aviation did not provide timely written notice to the city 45 days prior to the termination date of the lease to exercise an option to extend their lease. The owner disagrees with the city's interpretation and alleges that lease ambiguities led to the disagreement. He has been unsuccessful in negotiating any resolution with city staff and has been forced to seek costly legal assistance.
Some of the hangars in the Coyote complex have been purchased by other aircraft owners and their investments in these hangars is in jeopardy. Currently, there are no vacant hangars at Redlands Airport and 18 aircraft will be displaced. The owners of these aircraft may be forced to relocate to other airports. Additionally, there is a very active flying club and flight school leasing space at Coyote Aviation. They too will be displaced. Finally, the circumstances surrounding this incident certainly will discourage future private investment at the airport. All of this has the potential to seriously affect the economic viability of Redlands Airport.
Given the long history of challenges to our airport and its users, our members recognize the need for the RAA to develop a legal fund that can be used for appropriate legal challenges our members wish to support. This includes the current issues affecting Coyote Aviation. If you would like to help, your generous donation to this GoFundMe page will be used to establish a legal defense fund for the RAA.
Monies from this legal defense fund in the amount deemed appropriate by RAA members will be donated to Coyote Aviation for their legal expenses. The remaining monies will be reserved for future legal challenges to our airport. The RAA is a 501(c)3. Your donation may be tax deductible.
Thanks in advance for your kind donation.