Skywest Airlines announced the replacement of its turboprop Brasilia 120 Embraer fleet with an all-jet CRJ fleet. According to Emily Jacobs, program coordinator for Humboldt County Aviation Division, Humboldt's main airport will have fewer flights but bigger jets. Jacobs says the number of available seats will remain unchanged for now.
Several other airports may lose service from United (Skywest's parent company), including Crescent City, Carslbad, Burbank, and Santa Barbara as a result of this transition.
"We have an opportunity to capture some of these changes in the market. If we're proactive and we fill up the airplanes, the airlines will respond with more flights."
Jacobs said that by May, Skywest will no longer fly turboprops and that ACV could start seeing the new CRJ jets by January. She's optimisitc about the changes, likening the flurry of smaller planes to single-passenger vehicles. Fewer, larger planes leads to fewer choke points, which Jacobs said will hopefully lead to less congestion.
"When you have bigger airplanes, it's so much easier to get rebooked. They're not going to cancel a 70-seat flight as easily as they would a 30-seat flight. With faster, quieter, more comfortable jets, we can economize the time slots, improve reliability, and increase comfort all at once."
She added that tall passengers will notice a serious change in the new planes: "You can stand all the way up in them. Even tall people."
According to a press release from Skywest:
SkyWest, Inc. Announces Fleet and Contract UpdatesSkyWest Airlines to Transition to All-Jet FleetSt.
George, Utah, Nov. 17 – SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) today announced fleet transitions and contract updates designed to improve SkyWest’s overall efficiency and long-term profitability. Specifically, SkyWest announced that SkyWest Airlines, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary (“SkyWest Airlines”), intends to transition to an all-jet fleet by removing all remaining 30-seat Embraer 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft (the “EMB 120s”) from service by summer 2015.
The EMB 120 fleet retirement comes, in part, in response to increased costs and additional challenges associated with new FAR117 flight and duty rules, implemented in January 2014.
Separately, SkyWest announced that ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary (“ExpressJet Airlines”), has executed an agreement with United Airlines, Inc. (“United”) to reduce the term of the existing 50-seat ERJ145 contract between ExpressJet and United from November 2020 to December 2017, subject to certain extension rights by United.
ExpressJetAirlines anticipates the reduction in the ERJ145 operations will improve its overall operational reliability and financial results. As a result of the decision to remove the EMB 120 aircraft from service by June 2015 and as a result of the reduced term to operate the ERJ145 aircraft, SkyWest, Inc. anticipates recording pre-tax special charges (primarily non-cash) ranging from $55-70 million in Q4 2014.
Larry Trask / Friday, Nov. 14 @ 11:47 a.m. / In Studio
Seattle funksters The Polyrythmics stopped by the KHUM studios recent and completely destroyed it. Faces were melting as far away as Wilits.
If you missed the live performance, or you want to re-live the magic, check it out below.
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Mike Dronkers / Friday, Nov. 14 @ 10:32 a.m. /
...the district could save from $3.8 million to $5.2 million over 25 years depending on how the project is financed. The solar panel installation would cost about $2.2 million and take up one and a half acres at the sewer plant, located at Hiller Park on the west side of McKinleyville.
In addition to that proposal, Jack Durham of the Mad River Union told KHUM that McKinleyville's green initiatives also include a new Coho nursery, yet another multi-use trail, and a community-managed organic pasture.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 12:42 p.m. /
Let's make a KHUM-wide class photo.
So take a photo right now. It doesn't have to be interesting at all!
Email it to email@example.com or post it in the comments below.
Whichever photo is the most remarkable wins you a pair of tickets to A Taste Of The Holidays on Saturday, November 20th at the Arcata Community Center. And by remarkable, we measure the quantity of good, bad, and empathetic remarks from KHUM staff.
Please don't drive and take photos! Winner announced at 2pm today live on KHUM.
We're going to post these emailed pics as quickly as possible, but again, use the comments section. Here we go!
UPDATE! We have a winner. Congrats to Amy G and her menacing squirrel. Also, we do know how to rotate photos, and we did. Yet some still came out sideways. Sorry!
Here's what you are looking at right now.
Brad at Woodlab is glazing a sign, we think
Dominic is treating his anxiety
Loryn is glazing pottery.
Listening to KHUM from a rooftop pool in Austin
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ noon / Coastal Currents
Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) specializing in the study of natural and man-made radionuclides, recently landed on the front page of Reddit as well as on Lost Coast Outpost due to his recent findings of radioactivity off the coast of Eureka. KHUM spoke with him about these results, what they mean and how concerned local residents should be.
According to a WHOI press release:
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
The offshore radioactivity reported this week came from water samples collected and sent to Buesseler’s lab for analysis in August by a group of volunteers on the research vessel Point Sur sailing between Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Eureka, California.
So should you stop swimming at Moonstone? Buesseler told KHUM he was cautious but not concerned.
"The real finding this week was, yes, it's there. Yes, it's gonna perhaps double the amount that people will be experiencing, but that number is still thousands of times lower than what's considered safe for drinking.... If you were to swim every day of the year in those waters, these are hundreds of times lower doses than a single dental X-ray."
The numbers are expected to increase over the next one to two years, but the predictions might be going from two to 10. Again, small. Not zero risk, but nothing where we would be thinking about closing fisheries or keeping people out of the ocean... We should be concerned. We should be diligent and monitoring but I think the types of numbers we're seeing on this side of the ocean shouldn't cause people to stop swimming, boating or surfing."
In fact, radiation levels in Humboldt's waters were much higher during the height of the offshore nuclear testing boom, he said.
We haven't found a way to get the federal government to help pay for these types of analyses, so decided we would just respond directly to the people, and have them both fundraise for a given sample and then collect it as citizen scientists.
He told KHUM they've processed about 50 samples for 30 locations. From the shipping of the sampling kit through testing for radioactivity in a shielded basement, each sample costs about $550. If you want to help fund a sample location, check here for unmonitored northern Californian locations.
Listen to the full KHUM interview below.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 10:15 a.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Joe Gillespie about the 30th anniversary of the Siskiyou Wilderness, a new section of the California Coastal Trail from Front Street to the Harbor in Crescent City and more.