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Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Reno, NV

As the 66th busiest commercial airport in the nation, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) serves approximately 4.2 million passengers per year. Located only five minutes from downtown Reno and 40 minutes from some of the finest ski resorts and outdoor recreation in the world, RNO is the Gateway to Lake Tahoe and the entire region. Nine different airlines offer service at RNO with 15,000 seats available to 22 non-stop destinations each day. RNO is an important asset to the region, generating a total annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. The airport functions like a small city with over 2,600 employees working for a variety of companies. It takes the dedication and service of these employees working together to make that all important first and last impression on travelers to and from the region. Free Wi-Fi, three dog parks, and a Kindness Takes Flight team are all part of the customer service culture at RNO. More information can be found at www.renoairport.com.

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Past Featured Airports

Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA

Long Beach Airport (LGB) was founded in 1923 and is the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Conveniently located in the middle of the Los Angeles Basin, with easy driving access to Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, LGB is the premiere gateway to Southern California. The airport supports a healthy commercial, general aviation and aerospace community.
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In addition to service provided by four commercial airlines including American, Delta, Hawaiian and Southwest, the Long Beach Airport Aviation Complex is home to burgeoning aerospace companies such as Virgin Orbit, SpinLaunch and Rocket Lab, Fixed Based Operators such as Ross Aviation and Signature Flight Support, pilot training at FlightSafety International’s Long Beach Learning Center and a variety of other training schools, as well as numerous corporate tenants.

The site consists of 1,166 acres and the airfield has three runways including a 10,000-foot main runway, capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world. Recently, LGB released a Request for Proposals for the aeronautical development of approximately 27 acres of property, a rare opportunity for such a large amount of airport land.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Mesa, AZ

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) is a 3,000-acre thriving regional airport located in the dynamic Phoenix East Valley. The airport is served by three commercial airlines – Allegiant, Swoop, and WestJet – offering nonstop service to more than 45 popular destinations across the U.S. and Canada. Gateway Airport welcomes approximately two million total passengers each year and provides high value and convenience for greater Phoenix air travelers and easy access for sun-seeking visitors.

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Gateway Airport is home to industry leaders Cessna, Embraer, Able Aerospace Services-A Textron Company, as well as other aviation-related companies. The airport also has several pilot training schools and a growing number of corporate aircraft tenants. The airport’s impressive airfield has three, 10,000-FT runways and associated infrastructure capable of handling a very diverse and active mix of aircraft.

During the past decade, Gateway Airport has seen a significant amount of private investment in large corporate hangars, global headquarters, and airport hotels. SkyBridge Arizona is a 360-acre master development focusing on logistics and domestic/international air cargo. GatewayEast is a 400-acre mixed use non-aeronautical development strategically located adjacent to two major highway systems in the growing Phoenix East Valley.

Yuma International Airport
Yuma, AZ

Yuma International Airport is situated in the heart of sunny Yuma, Arizona, on the borders of California and Northern Mexico, and serves an array of clientele ranging from airline passengers, general aviation pilots, military guests and aviation/aerospace contractors.

Yuma International Airport is a shared-use airport with civilian and military flight activity operated in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps via the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

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The airport’s terminal is home to four car rental agencies, American Airlines, Customs and Border Protection, and Brewers Sports Bar and Restaurant – where you can sit downstairs in the main dining area or come upstairs to the Sky Box to enjoy the great food and fantastic views of the airfield and aviation activities. Together, the entire Yuma International Airport team offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere for our traveling clientele who work hard to ensure that everyone’s experience in our airport is an enjoyable one. For our military travelers, the Airport created the Military Comfort Center featuring plush furniture, books and games, several computers to check email and wonderful volunteers who make cookies and lemonade and love to make you feel at home.

Yuma International Airport is a strong community partner and is proud of its close relationships with the City of Yuma, Yuma County, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, Visit Yuma, Arizona Western College, the US Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Together the community partners work in collaboration in an effort to encourage and increase business development, higher education, job creation and tourism.

Yuma is home to two major military installations, the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station where significant testing and training is conducted by military, defense contractors and allied nations. Military activity is Yuma’s second leading economy (Agribusiness is number one) with an annual economic impact of over $1.75B and 65,000+ visitors.

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), this airport is assigned NYL by the FAA and YUM by the IATA (which has not assigned NYL to any airport). The airport's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) identifier is KNYL.

Yuma International Airport covers an area of 3,100 acres (1,300 ha) at an elevation of 213 feet (65 m) above mean sea level. It has four runways:

3L/21R measuring 13,300 by 200 feet (4,054 by 61 m), concrete

3R/21L measuring 9,240 by 150 feet (2,816 by 46 m), asphalt/concrete

8/26 measuring 6,146 by 150 feet (1,873 by 46 m), asphalt

17/35 measuring 5,710 by 150 feet (1,740 by 46 m), asphalt

Historical Background:

Yuma's history of flight dates to 1911 when Robert Fowler took off from Yuma to set a world's record for endurance and distance. He entered a Transcontinental Air competition sponsored by William Randolph Hearst. Originating in Los Angeles, he arrived in Yuma on October 25. Over 2,000 spectators watched the aircraft circle and make a landing. The next day he succeeded in setting a world's record. The site is home to the Yuma Landing Sports Bar and Grill and features historical aviation and Yuma artifacts.

In 1925, the Yuma Chamber of Commerce began negotiations to secure an airport for Yuma. After two years, 40 acres (16 ha) of land was secured from the federal government. The land was cleared, leveled, and the first hangar constructed. The land was officially designated as an active airport and named Fly Field after Colonel Ben Franklin Fly. In the beginning, Fly Field had limitations, including loose sand and a lack of facilities. In 1925, the Chamber's Aviation Committee decided another 160 acres (65 ha) was needed to create a first-class landing field in Yuma. Intense negotiations resulted in a public/private land trade, along with a promise by the government to provide Fly Field a steel frame hangar capable of housing 12 airplanes. Congressman Douglas of Arizona introduced a bill asking for the lease of 640 acres (260 ha) of government land to Yuma County for 20 years at a cost of $1 per year, with the privilege of renewal for another 20 years at the same rate. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Yuma Aviation Bill on February 27, 1928.

Almost immediately, the aviation committee started lining up activities for the airport. Yuma was selected to be a night stop for three transcontinental air races from New York to Los Angeles, and an international air race from Mexico to Los Angeles. The Chamber agreed to provide free gas and oil to the racers, at an estimated cost of $2,000. Yuma was also selected to be a stop-over for the first All American Tour of 25 Airplanes. In June of that year, the military announced that a United States Meteorological and Aerological station would be constructed at Fly Field at a cost of $30,000 and would be manned by four Army personnel, marking the first military presence at Yuma's airport.

In 1929, Yuma was selected as the first stop for the Women's Transcontinental Air Race. Amelia Earhart experienced landing problems and nosed her aircraft in the soft sand, destroying her propeller. A new propeller and mechanics were flown in from Los Angeles to make repairs so she could continue in the race. Fly Field experienced a downturn during the depression; but in the late 1930s it became clear that the United States faced a threat of conflict with the German Reich. The War Department needed facilities to train combat pilots and crews. Planning for the Yuma area, including a potential bombing range located between Yuma and Gila Bend, started in 1939 when a group of aeronautical experts toured the area. The Yuma County Board of Supervisors recommended Fly Field as a base for the Army Air Corps. Initially, Yuma County assumed the burden of airfield maintenance and limited the use exclusively to Army and Navy aircraft.

Money for the Fly Field expansion arrived early in 1941. Three separate government agencies pooled a total of $781,000 to initiate construction. By mid-year another $635,000 became available for re-paving the north-south runway. Between 1941 and 1942 two paved runways, each measuring 4,200 by 150 feet (1,280 by 46 m), were completed under the command of the 403rd Army Air Force Base Unit, Army Air Forces West Coast Training Center. In June 1942, the War Department authorized an additional $3 million. The first class of cadets arrived in January 1943 when the field was used for advanced pilot and gunnery training.

In September 1946, Yuma Army Air Field was scaled back and declared a surplus. The civilian portion of the field was returned to County, who again referred to it as Fly Field. The Chamber of Commerce promoted the City of Yuma airplane's famous endurance flights, which highlighted the region's weather which was very conducive to flying. This was a topic of particular importance to the military. The Airport became very active as a military facility during the Korean War, and was used extensively by the U.S. Air Force. In early 1951 the County Supervisors received a Department of Defense proposal to lease the airfield as a civilian-operated military training base with specific military and civilian sides. The Yuma County Board of Supervisors gave the U.S. Air Force a right of entry and in 1956 the field was named Vincent Air Force Base.

At the same time, the United States issued a U.S. Government Patent from the Department of the Interior which conveyed specific airport land to Yuma County. The conveyed land was the general footprint within today's current Airport boundary. The patent also preserves the ability of Yuma County to collect and retain landing fees to provide for Airport operating expenses. In addition to the conveyance of land, the patent granted rights to unrestricted civil aviation use of the airfield's facilities, including all runways and taxiways.

In 1959, control of the base was given to the United States Navy and then, nine days later, to the U.S. Marine Corps. The base was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma) on July 20, 1962. In 1965, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors created the Yuma County Airport Authority in accordance with the provisions of section 10-451, of the Arizona Revised Statutes, to take over the airport and all associated activity. A board of directors was elected from the community to oversee the Airport Authority and all airport functions.

Yuma International Airport’s current terminal was constructed in 1999 and name for long time Board Member F.C. “Frosty” Braden. In 2007, the board of directors passed a resolution declaring that Yuma International Airport was an "Aviation Partner" with MCAS Yuma. That partnership continues today, allows for unrestricted civil aviation use of the airfield facilities, including all runways and taxiways and promotes the security of the United States.

In 2009, the Yuma County Airport Authority created the Defense Contractor Complex (DCC) with new hangars, office space, expanded infrastructure in support of aviation and aerospace aircraft testing or maintenance/repair operations and business development opportunities. Then in 2010, Freeman Holdings, Inc. opened its Fixed Based Operations (FBO), Million Air Yuma, and provides a wide range of support and ground-handling services on the airfield.

Yuma currently holds several Guinness Book of World Records including Sunniest City in the World with over 4,015 hours of sunlight per year, and longest Wall of Fire measuring 16,046.5 ft. This was achieved by the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma at the Yuma Air Show on 18 March 2017. The Marine Corps Air Station broke their previous record of 10,178.3 ft set in March 2009.

Yuma International Airport appreciates this opportunity to be featured and invites you to visit our website, www.FlyYuma.com or our social media pages.

Tehachapi Municipal Airport
Tehachapi, CA

At an elevation of 4,001 feet, Tehachapi’s Municipal Airport is known as the corridor to northern and southern California.

Located south of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tehachapi is an ideal spot to stop not only to fuel, but to enjoy an old-fashioned mountain town with good food and great prices. The airport is approximately 230 acres and includes a three-acre Airport Industrial Park, and nine-acre rodeo grounds.

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The Airport is home to Sierra Technical Services, an aviation design and manufacturing company whose most notable project is the 5th Generation Aerial Target (5GAT).

Tehachapi epitomizes outdoor living at its best and visitors can relish in the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. We encourage you to “Fly Up” and enjoy what our higher elevation has to offer.

San Bernardino International Airport
San Bernardino, CA 

SBD International Airport (SBD) has come a long way since its early days as the former Norton Air Force Base. SBD is now thriving because local, regional, and global businesses are recognizing the value of the airport’s central location in Southern California—located 60 miles east of Los Angeles—and the easy access it offers to a service area of two million people located in the San Bernardino region.
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Visionary federal, state and local leaders who reimagined a base reuse plan successfully converted SBD to civilian use in 1992, followed by certification as a commercial service airport. Air cargo, corporate and general aviation, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, and other aviation support services operate on the airfield.

In particular, air cargo operations are on the rise at SBD as residents and businesses increase their demand for online shopping and the associated on-time door delivery, adding convenience to their lives and lifestyles. Within the past four years, UPS and FedEx both launched operations at SBD. Amazon Air is currently building a regional air hub, offering the potential to add thousands of career opportunities to SBD’s local economy as the facility grows over time.

While this progress is bringing prosperity to the San Bernardino region in the form of careers, goods, and infrastructure investment, it’s important for the airport to be proactive and responsive in educating the community about these changes. To address this, the newly-launched “SBD Good Neighbor Program” is an informational and listening forum that is furthering two-way communications between the airport and the community.

What’s next for SBD? Leadership is actively positioning the airport to provide domestic and international passenger service. Learn more at www.sbdairport.com.

San Jose International Airport
San Jose, CA

Before it became Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Valley once was  famous as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight” known for its flowery  blanket of orchards and the largest fruit production and packing region in the world until the 1960s. However, its transformation into the global center of technology innovation started long ago in 1938 when electronics pioneers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard began harvesting the fruits of their labor.
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Hewlett Packard was born in the legendary Palo Alto garage, becoming the model for subsequent generations of inventors and game changers as Santa Clara Valley started to grow and prosper after World War II. The breathtaking orchards of Santa Clara Valley were slowly replaced by subdivisions, shopping centers, and industrial parks through the 1950s and 60s. Silicon Valley emerged as waves of technology, from semiconductors to the “cloud,” and it’s now home to some of the world’s greatest technology enterprises including Google, Intel, Cisco, Apple, HP, Adobe, Applied Materials, eBay, and many more.

Mineta San José International Airport is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just minutes away from these global technology giants. Conveniently serving a wealthy and diverse region approaching four million people and thousands of Silicon Valley companies, SJC is Silicon Valley’s airport.

Watsonville Municipal Airport
Watsonville, CA

The Watsonville Municipal Airport is a public use, general aviation airport located three miles northwest of the central business district of Watsonville, a city in Santa Cruz County, California, serving the major recreation and business area of Monterey Bay.
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KWVI is owned by the City of Watsonville, and is a self-sustaining, enterprise operation with a staff of 12 full-time employees. It is home to over 300 GA aircraft and is used extensively by various businesses, specifically in the agri-business community. Its four runways accommodate over 55,000 operations per year, making it one of the busiest airports in the area. It supports many aviation activities including: private flying, flight training, aircraft rental, maintenance, sightseeing, air ambulance, law enforcement aviation, air charter, skydiving, and military helicopter operations.

Watsonville Muni offers full service aircraft fueling support and a self service fueling island. Its terminal building includes administrative offices, a communications room, a lobby area, a restaurant, and a café.

Carson City Airport
Carson City, NV

The Carson City Airport is located in the State Capital of Nevada, Carson City. Carson City is a combined city-county municipality and is the third largest county in Nevada with 421,000 residents. Carson City is approximately 20 miles south of Reno and 14 miles east of Lake Tahoe. The airport initially established in 1928 on 76 acres of land provided to Carson City by 3 prominent local families.
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The Airport expanded significantly in the 1940s and 50s to allow for an east-west runway taking advantage of the prevailing westerly Sierra Nevada winds. This acreage comprises the approximate footprint of the main runway. Many areas were dirt and services on the field were limited. In the 1970’s, Carson City designated land north of the main runway as the Carson City Industrial Airport and offered parcels for lease in order to attract clean, high quality manufacturers. These parcels were eventually sold to the tenants, and the area continues to evolve as a thriving manufacturing / industrial hub.

In 1989, the Airport Authority Act for Carson City was passed by the Nevada State Legislature. This Act created the current governance structure for the Airport. The Carson City Board of Supervisors appoints the members of the Carson City Airport Authority Board who in turn operate the Airport, establish rules for its safe use, financial stability and provide policy guidance to the Airport Manager who executes policy. Pursuant to the Act, the Carson City Airport Authority is comprised of seven members. The airport is designed to B-II standards with a 6,109’ runway. The airport field elevation is 4,700 MSL and had 86,000 operations in the last 12 months. There are over 350 based aircraft and 745,000 square feet of hangar storage space. There has been over $40M invested in the airport in the last 10 years.

Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix, AZ

On July 16, 1935, the City of Phoenix became the owner of Sky Harbor Airport, nicknamed “The Farm” because of its isolated, rural location. For $100,000, the city purchased the airport’s 285 acres from the Acme Investment Company.  Over the last 84 years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has grown to 3,400 acres and has become one of the busiest airports in the country, ranked 13th busiest in the U.S. for 2018.

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That same year, Sky Harbor served 44,943,686 passengers, had 434,252 operations, and handled 392,063 tons of cargo. The total economic impact of the Phoenix Airport System is $38 Billion, including 269,000 jobs, and the direct economic impact of Sky Harbor alone is $12.3 billion, with 57,432 jobs at the airport.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Reno, NV

As the 66th busiest commercial airport in the nation, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) serves approximately 4.2 million passengers per year.  Located only five minutes from downtown Reno and 40 minutes from some of the finest ski resorts and outdoor recreation in the world, RNO is the Gateway to Lake Tahoe and the entire region.

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Nine different airlines offer service at RNO with 15,000 seats available to 22 non-stop destinations each day. RNO is an important asset to the region, generating a total annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. The airport functions like a small city with over 2,600 employees working for a variety of companies. It takes the dedication and service of these employees working together to make that all important first and last impression on travelers to and from the region. Free Wi-Fi, three dog parks, and a Kindness Takes Flight team are all part of the customer service culture at RNO. More information can be found at www.renoairport.com.

Livermore Municipal Airport
Livermore, CA

John Wayne Airport
Orange County, CA

John Wayne Airport (JWA), the only commercial airport in Orange County, CA, is host to nearly 10.6 million annual passengers and flies to 23 non-stop destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. JWA ranked highest in the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey among Large Airports in North America for two consecutive years and ranks among the Top 5 in 2019. 
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MONEY Magazine rated JWA the Best Airport in the U.S. in 2018, and JWA is one of the Top 10 Most Relaxing Airports in the U.S. according to the Travel Channel. JWA offers a variety of services and amenities, including live music, newly expanded retail and dining options with preorder capabilities, free, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a Helping Hands program for travelers with hidden disabilities.

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) is a bustling small airport on the central coast of California. Nestled between the beach, farmland, and award-winning wineries, SBP has served the San Luis Obispo community since 1939, opening a brand-new terminal in 2017.

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But don’t be fooled into thinking things are “SLO” around the airfield: the airport was ranked one of the fastest growing airports in 2018 by North America by Airports Council International – North America, and 2019 passenger numbers are already 10 percent higher in the first half of the year. The airport’s remarkable growth bolsters the region’s economy—the airport has an incredible $85.24 million impact on San Luis Obispo County each year. The airport creates 562 full-time jobs directly on the airport, and supports a total of 871 full-time jobs in the region. More information can be found at sloairport.com.

Photo: Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Reno, NV

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