Page Municipal Airport
Page Municipal Airport is 1 mile east of Page, in Coconino County, Arizona. The airport sees two airlines, subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $2,472,028; the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 33,118 passenger boardings in calendar year 2008, 30,574 in 2009 and 20,264 in 2010. Page Municipal Airport covers 555 acres at an elevation of 4,316 ft, it has two asphalt runways: 15/33 is 5,950 ft × 150 ft 7/25 is 2,201 ft × 75 ft In the year ending June 30, 2011 the airport had 24,800 aircraft operations, average 67 per day: 50% air taxi, 41% general aviation, 8% airline and <1% military. 87 aircraft were based at this airport: 71% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, 7% helicopter, 5% jet. The airport is an uncontrolled airport; the Page Airport was named the "Royce K Knight Field" on July 14, 1988 in recognition of the man who started the Page Airport during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam.
Royce ran the FBO which offered scenic flights over the Grand Lake Powell areas. Bonanza Air Lines began serving Page during the early 1960s with 40-passenger Fairchild F-27 turboprops with daily direct service to Phoenix via a stop at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport and daily to Salt Lake City via a stop in Cedar City, Utah. Bonanza merged with Pacific Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which in 1968 was continuing to serve Page with daily direct F-27 flights to Phoenix via stops at the Grand Canyon airport and Prescott as well as direct to Salt Lake City via Cedar City. Air West changed its name to Hughes Airwest which in 1972 was operating daily direct F-27 service to Las Vegas via Grand Canyon airport and direct to Salt Lake City via Cedar City on a daily basis. By 1975, Hughes Airwest had introduced direct F-27 service on the weekdays to Los Angeles International Airport via stops at Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Palm Springs as well as continuing to operate direct service to Salt Lake City via Cedar City.
In 1977, Hughes Airwest was flying non-stop F-27 service to Phoenix on a weekday basis in addition to the direct flight to Salt Lake City via Cedar City and had turned over the Las Vegas service to SkyWest Airlines, operating Piper Navajo twin prop aircraft on the route with non-stop flights. Hughes Airwest discontinued all service into the airport and was no longer serving Page by 1980. Following the cessation of service by Hughes Airwest, SkyWest Airlines, operating as an independent commuter air carrier, was providing non-stop service with Piper Navajo aircraft to Las Vegas and Phoenix. Scenic Airlines flew nonstop service to Las Vegas on a seasonal basis during the late 1970s. By June 1, 1986, SkyWest was operating all service into Page as Western Express via a code sharing agreement with Western Airlines flying 19-passenger Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner propjets direct to Phoenix via a stop in Flagstaff and non-stop to St. George, Utah. Following the acquisition of Western by Delta Air Lines on April 1, 1987, SkyWest began serving Page as a Delta Connection air carrier via a code sharing agreement with Delta with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner propjets flying the same routes operated as Western Express.
By 1995, SkyWest operating as the Delta Connection was operating three roundtrip non-stop flights a day with Metroliner aircraft between Page and Phoenix. In 1996 Great Lakes Airlines began serving the Page-Phoenix route with 19-seat Beechcraft 1900's; the following year Scenic Airlines began serving Page once again and was flying the Page-Phoenix route with Cessna and Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. In 1998, Scenic was serving Page via a code sharing agreement with Delta Air Lines. In 1999 Sunrise Airlines took over the service flying three roundtrip non-stops a day between Page and Phoenix as an independent commuter air carrier with Piper Navajo aircraft. Great Lakes returned to Page in 2001, first operating flights to Phoenix as United Express but reverted to the independent Great Lakes banner the following year. Since additional flights were operated at times to Denver, Las Vegas, Farmington, NM. List of airports in Arizona Airport information at City of Page web site Page Municipal Airport at Arizona DOT Aerial image as of May 1992 from USGS The National Map FAA Terminal Procedures for PGA, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: FAA airport information for PGA AirNav airport information for KPGA ASN accident history for PGA FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart, Terminal Procedures
Northwest Airlink was the trade name of Northwest Airlines' regional airline service, which flew turboprop and regional jet aircraft from Northwest's domestic hubs in Minneapolis and Memphis. Service was to small-to-medium-sized cities and towns where larger aircraft might not be economical to operate and to larger markets to either provide additional capacity or more frequent flights than could be justified using mainline aircraft. Beginning in July 2009, the Northwest Airlink trade name was phased out, replaced by the Delta Connection trade name for Delta Air Lines as part of the Delta/Northwest merger. Since the Delta merger Compass is now owned by Trans States Holdings and Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines Corp merged along with Colgan and became Endeavor Air. Northwest Airlink service was operated using 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops and 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft in a single class of service. Mesaba Airlines and Compass Airlines operated Bombardier CRJ-900s and Embraer E-175s, respectively. Both aircraft were operated in a two-class configuration.
Northwest Airlink operated Avro RJ85 jet aircraft in a 69-seat, two-class configuration before this aircraft type was retired from the fleet. Other aircraft operated in the past by Northwest Airlink included various commuter turboprops such as the British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31, Dash8 Swearingen Metroliner Beech 99 CASA 212 and Short 360. March 4, 1987: Northwest Airlink Flight 2268, operated by Fischer Brothers Aviation, a CASA 212 N160FB was on a scheduled flight from Mansfield to Detroit with an intermediate stop in Cleveland when it crashed while landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport; the plane yawed violently to the left about 70 feet above the runway, skidded to the right, hit 3 ground support vehicles in front of Concourse F and caught fire. Out of 19 occupants onboard, 9 were killed; the cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error. December 1, 1993: Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 being operated by Express Airlines I, a Jetstream 31, was flying a scheduled flight from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to International Falls with an en route stop in Hibbing when it crashed while approaching for landing at Chisholm-Hibbing Airport.
The plane descended struck the tops of trees and two ridges and came to rest inverted on its right side. All 18 occupants died; the cause of the crash was the lack of crew-coordination and loss of awareness of the altitude during a night instrument landing. October 14, 2004: Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 was a Bombardier CRJ200 with a crew of two operating a ferry flight from Little Rock, AR to Minneapolis, MN, it crashed in a residential area in Jefferson City, MO due to the flight crew pushing the plane past its capabilities and ignoring warnings. Both pilots were killed; the NTSB has since finished its investigation of the accident. Northwest Airlines site Pinnacle Airlines site Mesaba Aviation site Compass Airlines site
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The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
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Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport, locally referred to as DIA, is an international airport in the western United States serving metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the greater Front Range Urban Corridor. At 33,531 acres, it is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world. Runway 16R/34L, with a length of 16,000 feet, is the longest public use runway in North America and the seventh longest in the world. With over 35,000 employees, the airport is the largest employer in Colorado. Opened in 1995, Denver International has non-stop service to 205 destinations throughout North America, Latin America and Asia. S. to exceed 200 destinations. It has the second-largest domestic network, with 185 U. S. destinations. As of 2018, DIA is the 20th busiest airport in the world, fifth busiest in the U. S. and the largest in the Interior-Western United States. The airport is a major hub for Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, is a main operating base for Southwest Airlines.
These three airlines' combined operations made up about 85% of the total passenger traffic at DIA as of December 2018. Denver has traditionally been home to one of the busier airports in the nation because of its location. Many airlines including United Airlines, Western Airlines, the old Frontier Airlines and People Express were hubbed at the old Stapleton International Airport, there was a significant Southwest Airlines operation. In addition, Stapleton had transatlantic charter services from Martinair and Monarch Airlines among others at the time of closure, followed by Korean Air and LTU International once DIA opened. At times, Stapleton was a hub for four airlines; the main reasons that justified the construction of the new DIA included the fact that gate space was limited at Stapleton. From 1980 to 1983, the Denver Regional Council of Governments investigated six areas for a new metro area airport that were north and east of Denver. In September 1989, under the leadership of Denver Mayor Federico Peña, federal officials authorized the outlay of the first $60 million for the construction of DIA.
Two years Mayor Wellington Webb inherited the megaproject, scheduled to open on October 29, 1993. Delays caused by poor planning and repeated design changes due to changing requirements from United Airlines caused Mayor Webb to push opening day back, first to December 1993 to March 1994. By September 1993, delays due to a millwright strike and other events meant opening day was pushed back again, to May 15, 1994. In April 1994, the city invited reporters to observe the first test of the new automated baggage system. Reporters were treated to scenes of clothing and other personal effects scattered beneath the system's tracks, while the actuators that moved luggage from belt to belt would toss the luggage right off the system instead; the mayor cancelled the planned May 15 opening. The baggage system continued to be a maintenance hassle and was terminated in September 2005, with traditional baggage handlers manually handling cargo and passenger luggage. On September 25, 1994, the airport hosted a fly-in that drew several hundred general aviation aircraft, providing pilots with a unique opportunity to operate in and out of the new airport, to wander around on foot looking at the ground-side facilities—including the baggage system, still under testing.
FAA controllers took advantage of the event to test procedures, to check for holes in radio coverage as planes taxied around and among the buildings. DIA replaced Stapleton on February 28, 1995, 16 months behind schedule and at a cost of $4.8 billion, nearly $2 billion over budget. The construction employed 11,000 workers. United Airlines Flight 1062 to Kansas City International Airport was the first to depart and United Flight 1474 from Colorado Springs Airport was the first to arrive. After the airport's runways were completed but before it opened, the airport used the codes. DIA took over as its codes from Stapleton when the latter airport closed. During the blizzard of March 17–19, 2003, the weight of heavy snow tore a hole in the terminal's white fabric roof. Over two feet of snow on the paved areas closed the airport for two days. Several thousand people were stranded at DIA. In 2004, DIA was ranked first in major airports for on-time arrivals according to the FAA. Another blizzard on December 20 and 21, 2006 dumped over 20 inches of snow in about 24 hours.
The airport was closed for more than 45 hours. Following that blizzard, the airport invested in new snow-removal equipment that has led to a dramatic reduction in runway occupancy times to clear snow, down from an average of 45 minutes in 2006 to just 15 minutes in 2014; as part of the original design of the airport the city specified passenger volume "triggers" that would lead to a redevelopment of the master plan and possible new construction to make sure the airport is able to meet Denver's needs. The city hit its first-phase capacity threshold in 2008, DIA is revising the master plan; as part of the master plan update, the airport announced selection of Parsons Corporation to design a new hotel, rail station and two bridges leading into the main terminal. The airport has the ability to add up to six additional ru
Merrill C. Meigs Field Airport was a single runway airport in Chicago, in operation from December 1948 until March 2003, on Northerly Island, an artificial peninsula on Lake Michigan; the airport sat adjacent to the second largest business district in North America. Meigs Field airport was opened on 10 December 1948, and, by 1955, had become the busiest single-strip airport in the United States; the airport was a familiar sight on the downtown lakefront. The latest air traffic tower was built in 1952 and the terminal was dedicated in 1961; the airfield was named for Merrill C. Meigs. Meigs Field airport was closed when Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley ordered the runway destroyed with bulldozers without the thirty-day notice required by Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Northerly Island, owned by the Chicago Park District, is the only lakefront structure to be built based on Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago; the Plan of Chicago had no provision for air service. The island was to be populated by trees and grass for the public enjoyment by all.
Northerly Island was the site of the Century of Progress in Chicago. Chicago's first airplane flight took place in 1910 in Grant Park, adjacent to Northerly Island, with an international aeronautical exhibition at the same location in 1911. In 1918, regular air mail service to Grant Park began. However, Grant Park was unsuitable for the city's growing aviation needs. Burnham died in 1912. By 1916, Edward H. Bennett, co-author of the Plan of Chicago, wrote that a lakefront location would be most suitable for an airport serving the central business district. In 1920, Chicagoans approved a bond referendum to pay for landfill construction of the peninsula, in 1922 construction began; that same year Mayor William Hale Thompson recommended locating the downtown airport there. A few years the Chicago South Park Commission voted in agreement. In 1928, the Chicago Association of Commerce, representing the business community advocated for the lakefront airport; the Great Depression put numerous civic plans including the airport.
Construction continued on the peninsula itself, with the 1933 World's Fair occupying the just-completed peninsula. In the 1930s the Chicago City Council and Illinois State Legislature passed resolutions to create the airport, but both the poor economy and World War II intervened. After World War II, in 1946, airport construction began; that same year the Illinois state legislature deeded 24 acres of adjacent lake bottom to Chicago for additional landfill, to make the property large enough for a suitable runway. Aviation technology had advanced during World War II; the airport opened on December 1948, in a grand ceremony. On June 30, 1950, the airport was renamed Merrill C. Meigs Field, named after Merrill C. Meigs, publisher of the Chicago Herald and Examiner and an aviation advocate. Various improvements took place over the years, including the 1952 opening of an air traffic control tower, the 1961 opening of a new terminal building, runway lengthening, the late 1990s charting of two FAA instrument approaches allowing landings in poor weather conditions.
By the 1970s Meigs Field became a critical facility for aeromedical transport of patients and transplant organs to downtown hospitals as medical transportation technology modernized. Corporate aircraft used the airfield including Cessna Citation and Dassault Falcon 10 business jets, Beechcraft King Air and Grumman Gulfstream I business propjets; the Main Terminal Building was operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation and contained waiting areas as well as office and counter space. The runway at Meigs Field was nearly 3,900 by 150 ft. In addition, there were four public helicopter pads at the south end of the runway, near McCormick Place; the north end of the runway was near the Adler Planetarium. Meigs Field provided commuter airline service to the public, peaking in the late 1980s as Mayor Richard M. Daley took office. During the mid 1950s, Illini Airlines was operating scheduled passenger service between the airport and Freeport, IL, Madison, WI, Rockford, IL and Sterling, IL with de Havilland Dove and Piper Navajo twin engine prop aircraft.
From the 1960s to early 1990s, typical intrastate destinations were Springfield, IL and Carbondale, IL. Small airliners such as Beechcraft Model 99, Beechcraft 1900C, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and Fairchild Swearingen Metro III turboprops as well as Piper PA-31 Navajo prop aircraft were operated on a scheduled basis into the airport. In 1968, Gopher Airlines was operating nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul with Beechcraft 99 turboprops. In the mid and late 1970s Air Illinois operated 44-passenger seat Hawker Siddeley HS 748 turboprops into Meigs; the HS 748 was the largest aircraft to use Meigs on a regular basis for scheduled passenger airline operations. Ozark Air Lines, a large local service airline in the midwest that operated McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jets and Fairchild Hiller FH-227B propjets at the time, served the airport during the early 1970s with DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprops with up to eight round trip nonstop flights a day between Meigs and the Illinois state capital in Springfield.
Other commuter air carriers serving Meigs Field in 1975 included Midwest Commuter Airways with nonstop flights to Indianapolis and South Bend, Skystream Airlines with nonstops to Detroit City Airport with both small airlines operating Beechcraft 99 commuter turboprops. Scheduled passenger helicopter airline service was available between Meigs Field and Chicago O'Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport at different times over the years. From the late 1950s to late 1960s, Chicago Helic
Alpena County Regional Airport
Alpena County Regional Airport is a county-owned, public-use, joint civil-military airport in Alpena County, United States. The airport is located six nautical miles west of the central business district of Alpena, off of M-32, it straddles the boundary between Maple Ridge Township on the north and Wilson Township on the south. It is used for general aviation, but is served by one commercial airline, an affiliate of Delta Connection, with freight services provided by an affiliate of FedEx Feeder, it is said to be the "Proud home of Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center," the host unit of the Michigan Air National Guard's Alpena Air National Guard Base. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 7,519 passenger boardings in calendar year 2008, 7,638 enplanements in 2009, 8,737 in 2010, it is included in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.
Alpena County Regional Airport covers an area of 3,084 acres at an elevation of 690 feet above mean sea level. It has two runways with concrete surfaces: 1/19 is 9,001 by 150 feet and 7/25 is 5,028 by 100 feet. For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2015, the airport had 5,902 aircraft operations, an average of 16 per day: 44% military, 33% general aviation, 23% scheduled commercial. In May 2017, there were 20 aircraft based at this airport: 12 single-engine, 6 multi-engine, 1 helicopter and 1 military. Several scenes of the film Die; the location was chosen in part because there was a need for snow, the producers expected Alpena to produce. However, due to a lack of snowfall, artificial snow had to be used. Other filming was done at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Alpena County Regional Airport, official site Aerial image as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map FAA Terminal Procedures for APN, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: FAA airport information for APN AirNav airport information for KAPN ASN accident history for APN FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart, Terminal Procedures
Tucson International Airport
Tucson International Airport is a civil-military airport owned by the City of Tucson 8 miles south of downtown Tucson, in Pima County, Arizona. It is the second busiest airport in Arizona, after Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings per year. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 1,779,679 enplanements in 2011, a decrease from 1,844,228 in 2010. Tucson International is operated on a long-term lease by the Tucson Airport Authority, which operates Ryan Airfield, a general aviation airport. Tucson International Airport is not a focus city for any airline. Public transportation to the airport is Sun Tran bus routes No. 11 and No. 25. In 1919 Tucson opened the first municipally owned airport in the United States. In 1928 commercial flights began with Standard Airlines; the 1936 airport directory shows Tucson Municipal at 32°11′N 110°55′W "just north of the railroad" referring to the site, being used as the city's airport southeast of the intersection of S. Park Ave. and E. 36th St.
During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Technical Service Command. A contract flying school was operated by the USAAF West Coast Training Center from July 25, 1942 until September 1944. In 1948 the Tucson Airport Authority was created as a non-profit corporation to operate the airport and oversee policy decisions; the nine member board is elected by a group of up to 115 volunteer residents from Pima County Arizona. The airport was moved to its current location south of Valencia Road and operated on the west ramp out of three hangars vacated by World War II military manufacturing companies. A new control tower was constructed in 1958 to replace the original WWII wooden framed version; the Tucson Airport Authority was involved in bringing the Hughes Missile Plant to Tucson. In fact, in 1951, according to author David Leighton, it was the TAA that sold the land to the Hughes Aircraft Co. for construction of the plant. In March 1956 the Civil Aeronautics Board approved routes out of Tucson for Trans World Airlines, over opposition from American Airlines, but flights didn't begin until December of that year.
In April 1957 airlines scheduled 21 departures a day: 4 TWA and 2 Frontier. The first jet flights were American Airlines Boeing 707s and Boeing 720s around September 1960. American began flying McDonnell Douglas DC-10s form Tucson nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth and to Chicago via Phoenix beginning in the fall of 1971 and continuing through the 1970s. By the late 1980s, American was flying Boeing 767-200s nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth; the DC-10 and 767 were the largest airliners to serve Tucson on scheduled passenger flights. On November 15, 1963 a new terminal designed by Terry Atkinson opened with an international inspection station; the Tucson International Airport name was legitimate: Aeronaves de Mexico had begun Douglas DC-6 propliner service to Hermosillo and beyond in 1961. By the mid 1970s, successor airline Aeromexico was continuing to serve Tucson with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 jet flights nonstop to Hermosillo with direct, no change of plane service to Ciudad Obregon, Culiacan and Mexico City.
Bonanza Air Lines began DC-9 jet service to Mexico during the late 1960s with flights to Mazatlan, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta, successor airlines Air West and Hughes Airwest operated DC-9s from Tucson to Mexico with their service being extended to Guadalajara as well as continuing to provide flights to Mazatlan, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta. The terminal underwent minor remodeling during the 1960s and 1970s, its interior was featured in the 1974 film Death Wish starring Charles Bronson. From the early 1970s to the early 1980s, Cochise Airlines was based in Tucson; this commuter airline operated Cessna 402s and Convair 440s as well as de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and Swearingen Metroliners. Cochise scheduled passenger flights to cities in southern California. A remodeling in 1985 doubled the size of the terminal from 150,000 to 300,000 sq ft and rebuilt the concourse into separate, two-level structures with jet bridges. A Concourse Renovation Project was finished in 2005 – the last phase of a remodeling begun in 2000 that added 82,000 sq ft to ticketing and baggage claim designed by HNTB.
On March 19, 2008, the previous East and West concourses and gates were renumbered with the East Concourse becoming Concourse A: Gates A1 – A9, the West Concourse becoming Concourse B: Gates B1 – B11. In January 2014, the Tucson Airport Authority board approved a no-cost, 20-year property lease with the Federal Aviation Administration for property on which to build a new federally funded control tower to replace the 1950s vintage tower in use; the new tower is located on the south side of the airport, near Aero Park Blvd. On April 6, 2016, the Tucson Airport Authority announced the Terminal Optimization Program; the program, which will go by its campaign name, A Brighter TUS, includes a variety of terminal facility improvements, including relocation and improved capacity at the Security Screening Checkpoints, enhanced concession and revenue opportunities, the upgrade of critical building systems, maximizing use of under-utilized space. Renovations began in June 2016 and was completed in November 2017.
Tucson International Airport hosts Morris Air National Guard Base, known as Tucson Air National Guard Base prior to November 2018, a 92-acre complex on the northwest corner of the airport, home to the 162d Fighter