Mid-Way Regional Airport

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Mid-Way Regional Airport
Midway regional airport tower.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie
Serves Midlothian; Waxahachie
Location 131 Airport Drive, Midlothian, TX 76065
Elevation AMSL 727 ft / 222 m
Coordinates 32°27′30″N 096°54′45″W / 32.45833°N 96.91250°W / 32.45833; -96.91250Coordinates: 32°27′30″N 096°54′45″W / 32.45833°N 96.91250°W / 32.45833; -96.91250
Website http://www.mid-wayregional.com/
JWY is located in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations 49,700
Based aircraft 101

Mid-Way Regional Airport (ICAO: KJWY, FAA LID: JWY) is city-owned public airport that serves Midlothian and Waxahachie in Ellis County, Texas, United States.[1][2] The airport is located approximately 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) southeast of the central business district of Midlothian.[2]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Mid-Way Regional Airport is assigned JWY by the FAA and has no IATA designation.[3]


Mid-Way Regional Airport covers 243 acres (98 ha) at an elevation of 727 feet (222 m) above mean sea level (AMSL), and has one runway:

  • Runway 18/36: 6,500 x 100 ft. (1,981 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt[1]

For the 12-month period ending 31 October 2017, the airport had 49,700 aircraft operations, an average of 136 per day: 99% general aviation and less than 1% military. At that time there were 101 aircraft based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 7% gliders, 3% jet, 1% ultralights, and 1% helicopters.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 30 July 2010: A American Champion 7GCBC Citabria, registration number N5027G, turned suddenly and impacted terrain in a near-vertical nose-low attitude after leaving Mid-Way Regional Airport for an instructional flight. The aircraft suffered substantial damage, and the instructor pilot and the student pilot were killed. An autopsy of the instructor revealed severe atherosclerosis of the right coronary artery with superimposed fresh-recent thrombus, suggesting an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). No signs of heart trouble could be found in the instructor's prior medical history. The accident was attributed to "The flight instructor’s incapacitation due to preexisting but unrecognized coronary disease, and the student pilot’s distraction and inability to recover the airplane from a stall/spin at low altitude."[4]
  • 8 April 2016: A American Champion 7GCBC Citabria, registration number N5046N, climbed uncontrollably and suffered a stall on takeoff from Mid-Way Regional Airport; the aircraft then impacted the ground in a left-wing-low, nose-down attitude, suffering substantial damage. The student pilot in the front seat was killed and the instructor in the rear seat sustained minor injuries. The instructor reported that upon recognizing the hazardously steep climb, he attempted to push the control stick forward to prevent a stall, but he could not move the stick despite having found no problems with the flight controls during the pre-flight inspection. The accident was attributed to "The flight instructor's inability to move the control stick after takeoff for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack and inadvertent aerodynamic stall. The reason for the inability to move the control stick could not be determined, because postaccident examination revealed no evidence of flight control malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation."[5]

Big Q Aviation[edit]

Midway regional airport houses Big Q Aviation, which trains sailplane and fixed wing aircraft pilots. In their fleet of sailplanes, Big Q owns a Grob G102 Astir, Grob 103, and a Schweizer SGS 1-26. Big Q also owns a Citabria for primary aircraft training and an L-19 Bird Dog.


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