Why are there so many training flights over Oxnard and what can be done about them?

– 65% of Oxnard Airport flight traffic are training Touch and Gos (TNGs)

– A high number of these training flight TNGs are from Van Nuys, Santa Monica and Whiteman Airports.

– Oxnard Airport is projecting an operating loss of $1.6 MM for this fiscal year

What can Oxnard Airport do to generate revenue and at the same time, reduce the number of out-of-county training flights?

  • It is clear that one of the reasons Oxnard has so many training Touch and Gos (TNGs) at Oxnard Airport (OXR) from other airports is that OXR allows aircraft to come here, use the tower, use the airfield, fly over the community – FOR FREE – OXR does not charge for this activity.
  • Other airports charge landing fees: 
  • Santa Monica for example charges a landing fee of $5.48 per thousand pounds landing gross weight.
  • OXR charges landing fees for aircraft 12,500 lbs or greater but NO landing fees for aircraft less than 12,500 lbs.
  • If OXR adopted the same pricing as Santa Monica, aircraft that come here several times a week to conduct TNGs – which many do – OXR could be looking at landing fees of $9,000 or more a year per aircraft. (A Cessna 172 weights about 1700 lbs).  That would be $11.00 per TNG.  Flight Schools coming several times a week and making half a dozen TNGs each time, would be billed ~$9,000)
  • This would help reduce TNGs at OXR, would help offset OXR’s operating loss (projected at $1.6 MM for this fiscal year), and would stop OXR giving away something of value to residents of Santa Monica and other areas for free.

Please let your elected representative know you support OXR Landing Fees

Contact the Airport Advisory Commission and the Camarillo and Oxnard Airport Authorities and let them know you support landing fees – per thousand pounds landing gross weight:

March 12, 2022 – 6 Simultaneous aircraft training over Oxnard

Many aircraft were from the 1960s and 1970s originating out of Santa Monica and Van Nuys Airports.

Average rounds per flight is 6 which adds up to 131 rounds over Oxnard houses in a 5.5hour period