|IATA: ACV – ICAO: KACV – FAA LID: ACV|
|Serves||Arcata, California and Eureka, California|
|Elevation AMSL||222 ft / 68 m|
Arcata/Eureka Airport (IATA: ACV, ICAO: KACV, FAA LID: ACV) (Arcata Airport) is a county owned, public airport in Humboldt County, California, located 8 miles (13 km) north of Arcata and 15 miles (24 km) north of Eureka, in McKinleyville, California.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. The airport is a federally designated port of entry for civil aircraft arriving in the United States. The airport is the site of the command center for and primary facilities of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, which provides rescue and law enforcement for the region north of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The airport was built by the United States Navy during World War II to test defogging systems. It operated in support of the Naval Air Station Alameda as the Arcata Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) and was headquarters for the Eureka section of naval local defense forces for the 12th Naval District.
In December 1947 a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 flying into the airport made the world's first blind landing by a scheduled commercial airliner using Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) oil-burning units adjacent to the runway. By the following year the airline had made 1,200 routine instrument landings at the often fog-shrouded airport.
The airport is under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission and major changes to the airport such as rezoning or fencing in the airport require its approval.
The approach path for runway 32 passes over Central Avenue. The strobe lights that direct planes onto the runway were a hazard for drivers due to glare, more noticeable during wet weather when the strobes' intensity increased and the roadways reflected the blinking lights. Baffles were installed on the strobes which block the lights from shining on the road while still giving visual guidance for aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled passenger service to non-stop destinations:
|United Express ||San Francisco|
Historical airline service
In the past, ACV was served by Eureka Aero (mid-1970s) (Eureka, Crescent City), American Eagle (San Jose), Pacific Air Lines and predecessor Southwest Airways (San Francisco), Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) (San Francisco), Horizon Air (from 1994-2011) (Redding, Portland, Los Angeles and briefly Seattle), Delta Connection (2009–2010) operated by SkyWest Airlines (Salt Lake City), Hughes Airwest and predecessor Air West (Crescent City, Medford, San Francisco, Eugene, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle); United Airlines (San Francisco), WestAir operating as United Express (San Francisco), and Arcata Flying Service (early 1980s) (Redding, Portland, and Oakland).
Past jet service
- Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) flew British Aerospace BAe 146-200s nonstop to San Francisco and direct to Los Angeles.
- Hughes Airwest (which previously operated as Air West) flew Douglas DC-9-10 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s nonstop to San Francisco and direct to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle. At one point, Hughes Airwest was also operating direct, no change of plane DC-9 jet service from the airport to Mazatlan and Guadalajara in Mexico via intermediate stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tucson.
Pacific Air Lines operated the first jet service into ACV with Boeing 727-100s during the late 1960s. The airline also flew Fairchild F-27 turboprops into the airport. Pacific then merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which was subsequently renamed Hughes Airwest.
Potential new jet service
At present, SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express operates the only scheduled service from ACV. Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops are operated on all flights. Skywest has announced they will retire their EMB-120 propjets by the summer of 2015. It appears that SkyWest will continue to operate from the airport as United Express flying regional jet aircraft as the airline has also announced they will become an all-jet air carrier following the retirement of their EMB-120 fleet in the summer of 2015.
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||San Francisco||San Francisco International Airport (SFO)||51,210|
|2||Sacramento||Sacramento International Airport (SMF)||8,280|
|3||Crescent City||Del Norte County Airport-Jack McNamara Field (CEC)||1,330|
In 2005 the airport served 102,000 arriving commercial passengers and 104,000 departing on 4,370 departing flights. Horizon carried 66.29% of the passengers with United carrying the rest. The airport shipped 457,000 pounds (207,000 kg) of cargo.
In the 12 months ending May 31, 2011 the airport had 48,164 aircraft operations, average 131 per day: 53.5% military, 22% general aviation, 20% air taxi, and 4.5% scheduled airline. Eleven aircraft were then based at this airport: 36% multi-engine, 27% single-engine, 27% military, and 9% jet.
- Airport transit bus stop times - service by Redwood Transit System
- Taxis and rental cars can be arranged at the airport.
Other local airports
- FAA Airport Master Record for ACV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective June 27, 2013.
- "Arcata/Eureka Airport". Humboldt County. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (ACV: Arcata)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Section 6. United States Customs Service Airports". September 4, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- "Senate Joint Resolution No. 12" (PDF). California State Senate. 1997. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- "California State Military Museum". M.L.Shettle. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- "U.S. Naval Activities World War II by State". Patrick Clancey. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "Small-Town Big-Timer". Time magazine. October 18, 1948. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- "California Coastal Commission March 2002 Meeting Agenda". California Coastal Commission. March 5, 2002. Archived from the original on December 7, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- Patterson, James W., Jr. (August 2005). "Design and Installation of Flasher Baffles at the Arcata/Eureka Airport" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Research. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- County of Humboldt: Airport and Airline information, accessed March 3, 2014
- System Timetable, United Airlines page 151, accessed March 3, 2014
- "Arcata/Eureka (ACV) Airport Fact Sheet". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- "Aviation / Airports". County of Humboldt. 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
- http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 26, 1975 Hughes Airwest system timetable
- http://www.united.com, Timetable
- http://www.skywest.com, Media Room, Press Releases, 11/17/2014 - SkyWest, Inc. Announces Fleet and Contract Updates
- http://www.skywest.com, Media Room, Press Releases, 11/17/2014 - SkyWest Inc. Announces Fleet and Contract Updates
- "Arcata/Eureka, CA: Arcata (ACV)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. April 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- Humboldt County: Aviation
- Airport webcam
- Aerial image as of April 1989 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ACV, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: