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Local Airline Awarded Platinum Safety Rating

CARLSBAD — Local charter flight company Latitude 33 Aviation, which operates out of Carlsbad’s Palomar McClellan airport, was recently awarded the highest safety rating by ARGUS International, Inc. ARGUS, a worldwide leader in specialized aviation services, found Latitude 33 worthy of their Platinum rating. At present, Latitude 33 is the only San-Diego-based airline to hold this rating.

“Our audit is a thorough and in-depth examination of an operator’s policies and procedures compared against a constantly evolving set of industry best practices,” explained ARGUS President and CEO Joseph Moeggenberg.

“We are in the business of trust,” said Latitude 33 President Casey Miller. “And this accomplishment reflects our long-held commitment to the safety to our clients, employees and partners.”

Latitude 33 operates a charter fleet of nine planes out of Carlsbad, and flies to destinations that include Orange County, Long Beach, Nashville, Tennessee and Houston, Texas.

Palomar McClellan Airport, named for North County civic leader Gerald McClellan, was ranked San Diego’s fourth busiest airport in March of 2013. An estimated 400 flights come in and out of McClellan-Palomar every day, and nearly all are privately chartered or corporate jets.



Brian June 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

you live next to the only usable commercial airport between San Diego and John Wayne. What do you expect? In the past 15 years, the noise from jets has been reduced so much that I have a hard time understanding people’s hang-ups over it. Turbo-prop planes are much louder, and the fact is that the airport is important to the North County economy. You are saying that those in charge don’t care about citizens because they have an airport? That’s crazy. You’re just talking like every other NIMBY out there. You can’t support a growing, wealthy population with a single-runway airport to serve the entire county. The runway needs to be extended, and your appeal to emotions (planes crashing into homes and schools) doesn’t carry any more weight here than anywhere else in the country. Do you know how many residential areas are in the glide pattern to SAN, or LAX, or any other airport in the world? Get over it. If you don’t like planes, move to Del Mar, where you’ll rarely see or hear one.

Don May 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

How about all the damn noise these jets are creating? When I bought my house about 15 years ago in a section of La Costa that is not really very close to the airport, I rarely had jets or any other planes flying over my house. Now I routinely have jets buzzing my house at altitudes that are dangerously low (around 2000 ft) along with many prop planes as well. When will it end? When a plane crashes into a house (or school) and people die. Complaining is pointless since all you get is a runaround. This airport is aligned with the local cabal of hotel owners, developers, and other bigwigs who support the Mayor and his SANDAG pals. They don’t give a damn about the citizens unless they are campaign donors or drinking buddies.

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