Cape May Airport
|Cape May Airport
Cape May County Airport
|FAA runway diagram|
|IATA: WWD – ICAO: KWWD – FAA LID: WWD|
|Owner||Delaware River and Bay Authority|
|Serves||Wildwood, New Jersey|
|Location||Cape May County|
|Elevation AMSL||21 ft / 6 m|
|Sources: FAA, NJDOT, DRBA|
Cape May Airport or Cape May County Airport (IATA: WWD, ICAO: KWWD, FAA LID: WWD) is a public use airport in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Owned by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the airport is four nautical miles (7 km) northwest of the central business district of Wildwood. It is located in Rio Grande (Middle Township), with an address in Erma (Lower Township).
The airport started in 1941 as NAS Rio Grande, named for its location near Rio Grande, New Jersey. Due to confusion with Rio Grande, Texas, the name was changed to NAS Wildwood in 1943. Following the end of World War II, Naval Air Station Wildwood was deemed excess to U.S. Navy requirements. It was subsequently deeded to the local government for transition to a civilian airport which is still in operation today as Cape May County Airport.
Facilities and aircraft
Cape May County Airport covers an area of 996 acres (403 ha) at an elevation of 21 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 1/19 is 5,003 by 150 feet (1,525 x 46 m) and 10/28 is 4,998 by 150 feet (1,523 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending November 1, 2010, the airport had 30,200 aircraft operations, an average of 82 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. At that time there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, and 2% jet.
On-field services include self-serve 100LL gas and Fight Deck Diner. Locations off-field include Cape May National Golf Course (2 miles), Lobster House Restaurant (3 miles) and the Wetlands Institute (10 miles).
On December 12, 1976, an Atlantic City Airlines DeHavilland Twin Otter operating as Allegheny Commuter Flight 977 crashed short of the runway. Of the two crew members, one died and one sustained serious injuries. Of the passengers, 2 died and 6 sustained serious injuries. One seriously injured passenger died one month after the accident, but was counted as a survivor by the National Transportation Safety Board report because it defined fatalities as individuals who died within 7 days of the accident.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cape May County, New Jersey
- List of airports in New Jersey
- FAA Airport Master Record for WWD – Cape May County ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "Cape May Airport County Airport (WWD)". Airport Directory. New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Cape May Airport". Delaware River and Bay Authority. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (WWD: Wildwood / Cape May County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- Linehan, Mary. "Air station looks to solve identity crisis", The Cape May Gazette, April 30, 2013. Accessed May 4, 2013. "According to the DRBA maintained website for the Cape May Airport, 'this well-maintained 1,000-acre general aviation airport' is located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, approximately five miles from Cape May. The site does list the airport’s address as being in Erma. Rio Grande is part of Middle Township and Erma is in Lower Township."
- General information about Cape May Airport (WWD), Delaware River and Bay Authority. Accessed June 22, 2007. "This well-maintained, 1,000-acre general aviation airport located in Rio Grande, New Jersey, approximately 5 miles from Cape May, has two runways, six taxiways and three aircraft parking ramps."
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "AAR77-12." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. i (2 of 31).
- "AAR77-12." National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved on June 10, 2009. (7 of 31).
- Cape May Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of March 1991 from USGS The National Map
- Aviation photos of Cape May-Wildwood County Airport at jetphotos.net
- FAA Terminal Procedures for WWD, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: