Palm Beach County Glades Airport

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Palm Beach County
Glades Airport

Pahokee Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerPalm Beach County
ServesPahokee, Florida
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates26°47′06″N 080°41′36″W / 26.78500°N 80.69333°W / 26.78500; -80.69333Coordinates: 26°47′06″N 080°41′36″W / 26.78500°N 80.69333°W / 26.78500; -80.69333
PHK is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
PHK is located in the United States
PHK (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 4,116 1,255 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations36,750
Based aircraft26

Palm Beach County Glades Airport (IATA: PHK, ICAO: KPHK, FAA LID: PHK), also known as Pahokee Airport, is a county-owned, public-use airport in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Pahokee, Florida;[1] the airport is owned by Palm Beach County and operated by the Palm Beach County Airports Department.[2] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[3]


In 2004, Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne destroyed the airport's main building, causing operations to be conducted from a trailer. In 2009, new buildings were dedicated, including a 2,300 sq ft (210 m2) office/lobby, a 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) main hangar, and a building containing 10 rental hangars.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Palm Beach County Glades Airport covers an area of 243 acres (98 ha) at an elevation of 16 feet (5 m) above mean sea level, it has one runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,116 by 75 feet (1,255 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 14, 2010, the airport had 36,750 aircraft operations, an average of 100 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi. At that time there were 26 aircraft based at this airport: 19% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 15% helicopter, and 58% ultralight.[1]

The airport, commonly referred to as "Pahokee", does not have a control tower.[5] Pilots landing at Pahokee use self-announce procedures to notify other aircraft of take-offs and landings; the airport can handle aircraft with a single-wheel weight of up to 20,000 pounds (9,071 kg)[5] although local regulations restrict aircraft to 12,500 pounds (5,670 kg) and under.[6] Because of the VOR/DME systems[5] and relatively low traffic, this airport is one of five South Florida airports that is used for instrument training by student pilots.[7]

The airport's fixed-base operator (FBO) is Landmark Aviation;[8] the former FBO was Pahokee Aviation, Inc.[9]

Environmental concerns[edit]

Due to environmental considerations of the Florida everglades ecosystem, water drainage is strictly regulated by the East Shore Water Control District. Excess water drains from the Airport onto Closter Farms, located adjacent to the airport; the County compensates Closter Farms for drainage services that Closter's provides to take care of the excess drainage.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PHK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "General Aviation Airports". Palm Beach County. Archived from the original on December 28, 2004. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  3. ^ "Appendix A of Report to Congress: Nation Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, 2011–2015" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2014. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  4. ^ "Rebuilt Glades Airport Opens". Count-e-News. Palm Beach County. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-05. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "KPHK - Palm Beach County Glades Airport". August 3, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2006.
  6. ^ "Palm Beach County Glades" (PDF). Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process. April 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  7. ^ "South Florida Aviation Training System Plan" (PDF). Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process. January 14, 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-26. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Landmark Aviation—PHK". Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Pahokee Aviation, Inc". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  10. ^ "Order of Business Palm Beach County Board Of Commissioners Board Meeting" (PDF). April 18, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  11. ^ "Small plane crashes into Florida lake, killing 5". BNO News. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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