July 6, 2020 – San Bernardino, CA – SBD International Airport (SBD) has launched a comprehensive communications outreach effort in the San Bernardino region. As the airport continues its role as a powerful economic engine, the “SBD Good Neighbor Program” will allow SBD to educate residents and business owners in the region about developments at the airport while also providing a forum for feedback from the community.
SBD, the former Norton Air Force Base that was decommissioned in 1994, has been a leading contributor to the region’s economic prosperity for nearly 80 years. Federal, state, and local leaders partnered to reimagine a reuse plan for the airport, and these efforts have resulted in a now-thriving airport, with air cargo, corporate and general aviation, and other aviation support services operating on the airfield.
“Increased operations from emergency services like fire-fighting aircraft and sheriff helicopters, as well as air cargo planes and general aviation aircraft, can make our skies seem like a pretty busy place,” explained Mark Gibbs, Director of Aviation. “The SBD Good Neighbor Program allows the airport to explain the operations at the airport and, most importantly, to receive feedback from those who live and work nearby. Our goal is to treat our local residents and businesses with the respect and consideration they would find in a good neighbor.”
The air cargo operators in particular, and the innovative on-airport facilities they have invested in, will bring careers, goods, and prosperity to the region. The related increased flight operations may also lead to questions and concerns from those who live and work nearby the airport. The SBD Good Neighbor Program is a new way for SBD International Airport to communicate with—both inform and listen to— our community members.
The SBD Good Neighbor Program will also be a community resource, providing educational videos, presentations, and statistics that detail airport operations. For more information about the SBD Good Neighbor Program, visit sbdgoodneighbor.com.
About SBD International Airport
Located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles and within 30 minutes of more than two million people, the former Norton Air Force Base was converted to civilian use in 1992 and later became certified as a commercial airport by the FAA. The airport offers a full range of services and facilities to support air cargo operations, general aviation, and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses. SBD is actively positioning itself to provide domestic and international passenger service. www.sbdairport.com