Avon Park Executive Airport
|Avon Park Executive Airport|
|2006 USGS airphoto|
|IATA: AVO – ICAO: KAVO – FAA LID: AVO|
|Owner||City of Avon Park|
|Serves||Avon Park, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||160 ft / 49 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Avon Park Executive Airport (IATA: AVO, ICAO: KAVO, FAA LID: AVO) is a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) west of the central business district of Avon Park, a city in Highlands County, Florida, United States.
Facilities and aircraft
Avon Park Executive Airport covers an area of 321 acres (130 ha) at an elevation of 160 feet (49 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 5,374 by 100 feet (1,638 x 30 m) and 10/28 is 3,844 by 75 feet (1,172 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2008, the airport had 32,400 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 88 per day. At that time there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 2% jet and 2% helicopter.
Opened as a civil airport in April 1940 as Avon Park Municipal Airport. During World War II it was leased by the United States Army Air Forces on 4 October 1941. During the war, it was assigned to the Army Air Forces Training Command as a contract pilot training airfield. It was placed under the jurisdiction of the 61st Army Air Force Fight Training Detachment (Contract Flying).
Operated by the Lodwick Aviation Military Academy, it was used as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans assigned. The airfield had three 4'000 hard surfaced for landings and takeoffs. In addition, Avon Park MAP had four auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings: .
- Avon Park Auxiliary Field #1
- Avon Park Auxiliary Field #2
- Avon Park Auxiliary Field #3
- Avon Park Auxiliary Field #4
All of the Auxiliary airfields were grass all-way runways and not manned. After the war they were returned to their owners and today are indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape.
Training Command inactivated the military flying school on 16 October 1944 as part of the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and returned to previous status as a civil airport.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- FAA Terminal Procedures for AVO, effective March 6, 2014
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