Ann Arbor Municipal Airport

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Ann Arbor Municipal Airport
Ann Arbor Airport Passenger Terminal.JPG
Airport passenger terminal
Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Diagram.JPG
FAA airport diagram
Airport type Public
Owner City of Ann Arbor
Operator City of Ann Arbor
Serves Washtenaw County, Michigan
Location City of Ann Arbor (exclave surrounded by Pittsfield Township)
Elevation AMSL 839 ft / 256 m
Coordinates 42°13′23″N 083°44′44″W / 42.22306°N 83.74556°W / 42.22306; -83.74556Coordinates: 42°13′23″N 083°44′44″W / 42.22306°N 83.74556°W / 42.22306; -83.74556
ARB is located in Michigan
Location in Michigan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 3,500 1,067 Concrete
12/30 2,750 838 Turf

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (IATA: ARBICAO: KARBFAA LID: ARB) is a general aviation airport in Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States.

The airport is entirely surrounded by Pittsfield Township, but the airport is owned and operated by the City of Ann Arbor,[2] and the airport property is an exclave that is part of the City of Ann Arbor, having been annexed by the City of Ann Arbor before Pittsfield became a charter township in 1972.[3] Pittsfield Township provides police and fire services to the airport when required.[3] The airport is located about 4 miles south of the city proper, an eleven-minute drive.[3]

The airport is a general aviation facility with mostly smaller corporate and private aircraft, with no scheduled passenger or cargo flights.[3] The airport also is used by aircraft transporting patients to the University of Michigan Health System.[3] The UMHS keeps its Survival Flight helicopters at the airport, but does not keep its fixed-wing Survival Flight jet aircraft at the site because of the airport's short runway and lack of 24-hour control tower staffing;[3] the jet is based at the Livingston County Public Safety Complex in Howell in neighboring Livingston County instead.[4]

The airport's current annual budget is around $800,000, which the city makes by renting hangars and imposing a small fuel surcharge; the city does not allocate funds to the airport.[3]

History and facilities[edit]

Built in 1928, Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is a class B-II airport.[3]

The Ann Arbor City Council established an Airport Advisory Committee in 1961; the Ann Arbor city council appoints seven people, serving three-year terms, to the committee, and Pittsfield Charter Township and Lodi Township each appoint a representative to the Committee.[5]

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport covers 837 acres (3.39 km2) and has two runways:[6]

  • Main Runway 6/24: 3,500 ft × 75 ft (1,067 m × 23 m), surface: Concrete
  • Secondary Runway 12/30: 2,750 ft × 110 ft (838 m × 34 m), surface: Grass

The grass runway intersects the paved runway, and is used during the summertime.[3] There are some 160 aircraft hangars in use and six vacant aircraft hangars at the airport.[3]

The airport has an operating control tower which is operated by the FAA.[1] The airport is located in FAA Class "D" airspace.[7] In 2012, there were 64,000 takeoffs and landings at the airport.[3] A January 2013 tally reported 166 aircraft based at the airport: 137 single-engine airplanes, sixteen multi-engine airplanes, one jet airplane, eleven helicopters and one ultralight.[8][1] For 2011, there were an average of 161 aircraft operations per day, and operations were 64 percent local general aviation and 36 percent transient general aviation.[8]

The current runaway "requires pilots to make a much steeper descent than recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration" and five planes have overrun the runway since 2000.[9] Runway expansions have been proposed since the 1980s.[3] The most recent proposed runway expansion project, first floated to the Ann Arbor City Council in 2007, proposes lengthening the runway by 800 feet, which would increase safety but would not change the airport's classification or affect the size of the aircraft using the airport.[9] The project would be funded by ticket surcharge fees, federal, state, and airport matching funds. The proposal is undergoing environmental impact studies, but the project has experienced lengthy delays because of opposition from Pittsfield Township and the local citizens' group Committee for Preserving Community Quality, made up of citizens from Pittsfield and Lodi, as well as some Ann Arborites who view the project as too expensive or unlikely to be approved.[3][2][9]

Three rental car agencies and several flight schools have offices at the airport.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "KARB". AirNav. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Amy Biolchini, Pittsfield Township, residents ask federal government to block Ann Arbor airport expansion, Ann Arbor News, February 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Amy Biolchini, Turbulent Ride Continues for Proposed Runway Expansion at Ann Arbor Airport, Ann Arbor News, February 7, 2013.
  4. ^ New Survival Flight base opens in Howell, University of Michigan Health System, October 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Airport Advisory Committee, City of Ann Arbor.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Ann Arbor Airport". City of Ann Arbor. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "ANN ARBOR MUNICIPAL (ARB)". State of Michigan. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Petition to Deny Approval and Funding for the Major Runway Extension Project at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB) Located in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, before the Secretary of Transportation, January 28, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Judy McGovern, Ann Arbor Airport runway extension moves toward review, public hearing stage, MLive, February 2, 2009.
Airport viewed from State Road

External links[edit]

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