Rialto Municipal Airport

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Rialto Municipal Airport

Miro Field
Rialto Diagram.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCity of Rialto
LocationRialto, California
Elevation AMSL1,455 ft / 443 m
Coordinates34°07′46″N 117°24′06″W / 34.12944°N 117.40167°W / 34.12944; -117.40167Coordinates: 34°07′46″N 117°24′06″W / 34.12944°N 117.40167°W / 34.12944; -117.40167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 4,500 1,372 Asphalt
17/35 2,650 808 Asphalt
Officially closed on September 18, 2014
Transient Parking in front of the Art Scholl Aviation building.
Rialto Airport Closed

Rialto Municipal Airport (FAA LID: L67), originally Miro Field,[citation needed] was a general aviation airport three miles (5 km) northwest of Rialto, in San Bernardino County, California.

It was used by private aircraft; no airlines flew into this airport; the airport was about 12 miles northeast of Ontario International Airport and ten miles west of San Bernardino International Airport. The airport did not have a control tower and averaged 82 operations a day.

An FBO with a flight school and a separate helicopter flight school operated at the airport. There were several aviation related businesses. Warbirds West Air Museum is relocating its warbird collection to the big hangar at the center of the field; the airport cafe is attached to the WWAM hangar. There was an air ambulance business in the southeast part of the airport.

Despite its size compared to nearby airfields (Upland Cable Airport, Corona Municipal Airport, El Monte Municipal Airport, Redlands Municipal Airport and Hemet-Ryan Airport), Rialto was a relatively quiet airport; this led the city of Rialto to approve the closing of the airport by 2009/2010 for redevelopment, driven by real estate developers.[citation needed] The airport was expected to close by January or February 2015, once the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Aviation Division relocated to the San Bernardino International Airport. Development of a Target Corporation store was planned to begin as soon as the airport closes and the runways are removed.[1] On September 18, 2014, the airport officially closed to air traffic, all runways are marked with yellow Xs.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The land which became Rialto Airport, about 40 acres (16 ha), was purchased by Sam Miro in 1944. In 1966 the City of Rialto obtained the property while bringing the area to 60 acres (24 ha).

In 1978 Art Scholl Aviation, founded by Art Scholl, relocated to Rialto Airport from nearby Flabob Airport in Riverside.

Since 1984 the City of Rialto accepted more than US$15 million in federal aid for airport improvement and land purchases.

On September 18, 2014, the airport was officially closed.

Facilities[edit]

Rialto Municipal Airport covered 600 acres (240 ha) and had two asphalt runways: 6/24 is 4,500 by 100 feet (1,372 m × 30 m) and 17/35 is 2,650 by 50 feet (808 m × 15 m).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County supervisors approve $11.6M future home for San Bernardino County Sheriff's aviation division". San Bernardino County Sun. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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