An airline that was planned to begin flying out of Carlsbad last year is still struggling to complete federal regulations to launch operations.
California Pacific Airlines, based out of McClellan-Palomar Airport, is the brainchild of Ted Vallas, a 91-year-old businessman from Encinitas.
In the midst of airline bankruptcies and mergers, Vallas has invested more than $6 million of his own money to fulfill his dream, which he had hoped would be in operation by now. He had planned to fly to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other short-haul destinations.
The airline filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to prove that the company was financially fit to operate. It was scheduled to be completed in August 2012.
Federal officials said they gave California Pacific Airlines an extension until Monday, Feb. 25, to complete the process, and the airline has requested another extension, until March 10.