Bend Municipal Airport

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Bend Municipal Airport
IATA: noneICAO: KBDNFAA LID: BDN
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Bend
Serves Bend, Oregon
Elevation AMSL 3,460 ft / 1,055 m
Coordinates 44°05′40″N 121°12′00″W / 44.09444°N 121.20000°W / 44.09444; -121.20000
Website www.BendAirport.org
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 5,200 1,585 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 50,100
Based aircraft 199

Bend Municipal Airport (ICAO: KBDNFAA LID: BDN) is a city-owned airport six miles northeast of Bend, in Deschutes County, Oregon.[1] This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, which categorizes it as a general aviation facility.[2] Bend is home to Cessna Aircraft (formerly Columbia Aircraft) and Epic Aircraft.

Commercial air traffic to Central Oregon uses Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon, about 20 miles north of Bend.

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is assigned BDN by the FAA and has no IATA code[3] (which assigned BDN to Talhar Airport in Badin, Pakistan[4]).

History[edit]

Covering about 415 acres (1.68 km2), Bend Municipal Airport traces its history back to 1942. A group of Bend citizens banded together to deed a small piece of farmland to the City of Bend for a municipal landing strip. The site was developed and used for pilot training through World War II. After the war the airstrip was maintained by the City of Bend for civil use; it slowly grew during the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1979 development of an Airport Master Plan was undertaken. This plan established the direction for development at the airport and forecast significant growth in activity at the Bend Airport. This Master Plan, however, was completed while General Aviation was booming across the country. A downturn in the general economy affected General Aviation in the 1980s and through the early 1990s and the forecast growth did not materialize. That changed by the late 1990s, and General Aviation began a resurgence that continues today, along with increased business and corporate aviation travel to Bend. Today Bend Municipal Airport is poised to be the General Aviation and Corporate Aviation gateway to Central Oregon. Continued development of Cessna Aircraft, Epic Aircraft, Leading Edge Aviation, Precise Flight, and other growing tenants on the Airport have made a thriving aviation business park of the Bend Airport. More than eighteen aviation related businesses on the airport employ more than 1000 people, making the Bend Municipal Airport one of the largest concentrations of family-wage jobs in the Bend area. Over the next several years a number of improvements are planned, including an Airport Master Plan Update and development of a full east side parallel taxiway, as well as more than 40 acres (160,000 m2) of general aviation and corporate aviation facilities.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Bend Municipal Airport covers 415 acres (168 ha) at an elevation of 3,460 feet (1,055 m) above mean sea level.[1] It has one asphalt runway, 16/34, measuring 5,200 by 75 feet (1,585 x 23 m)[1] and a parallel taxiway.

Bend Municipal Airport is identified as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport by the Oregon Department of Aviation. In the year ending June 24, 2008, the airport had 50,100 aircraft operations, an average of 137 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and <1% military.[1] At that time there were 199 aircraft based at this airport: 80% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% jet, 4% helicopter, 4% glider and 2% ultralight.[1]

Picture of Bend, OR airport
Bend, OR airport

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for BDN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 Feb 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 4 (PDF, 1.61 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 Oct 2008.
  3. ^ "Bend Municipal Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KBDN, FAA: BDN)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 
  4. ^ "Badin, Pakistan - Talhar Airport (IATA: BDN, ICAO: OPTH)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bend Municipal Airport". City of Bend, Oregon. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 

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