Cherry Capital Airport
|Cherry Capital Airport|
|Cherry Capital Airport terminal|
|IATA: TVC – ICAO: KTVC – FAA LID: TVC|
|Owner||Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties|
|Serves||Traverse City, Michigan|
|Elevation AMSL||624 ft / 190 m|
|Total passengers||362,059 3%|
|Total enplanements||182,616 3%|
|Aircraft operations (2011)||83,951 10%|
|Based aircraft (2011)||84 13%|
|Sources: FAA, Michigan DOT|
Cherry Capital Airport (IATA: TVC, ICAO: KTVC, FAA LID: TVC) is a public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southeast of the central business district of Traverse City, in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.
The airport had 362,059 total passengers in 2012, an increase from 352,250 total passengers in 2011 and 343,679 passengers in 2010.
In the fall of 2004, Cherry Capital opened a new terminal. Since then, Cherry Capital Airport has continued to grow with various carriers adding seasonal service and destinations.
Cherry Capital Airport was the recipient of the 2003–2004, 2004–2005, and 2005–2006 Balchen/Post Awards for outstanding achievement in snow and ice control in the small commercial service airport category.
Soon,[when?] the airport will implement the first biometric access systems in the country. The airport is the ninth to implement the advanced security measures suggested after the September 11, 2001, attacks. This terminal is able to comply better with security regulations and supports a greater number of flights and passengers.
Facilities and aircraft
Cherry Capital Airport covers an area of 1,026 acres (415 ha) at an elevation of 624 feet (190 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,378 by 150 feet (1,639 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 83,951 aircraft operations (down from 92,483 in 2008), an average of 230 per day: 75% general aviation, 13% scheduled commercial, 13% military, and <1% air taxi. At that time there were 84 aircraft based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 7% helicopter.
In February 2009, Forbes magazine ranked Cherry Capital Airport second in their list of the top ten "rip-off" airports in the United States, citing an average cost per mile to travelers departing TVC of 41 cents.
Airlines and destinations
The following passenger airlines provide scheduled service to and from Cherry Capital Airport:
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Detroit
|Delta Connection operated by GoJet Airlines||Seasonal: Detroit, New York-LaGuardia|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Detroit|
|Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Detroit|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare
Seasonal: Cleveland (begins June 29, 2013), Denver, Newark (begins July 5, 2013)
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
Accidents and incidents
- Northwest Airlink Flight 4712 (operated by Pinnacle Airlines) was a Bombardier CRJ200 from Minneapolis-St. Paul "which overran the runway while landing at TVC during a snowstorm on April 12, 2007. The aircraft received substantial damage, but the 52 people on board were not injured. The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the pilots’ decision to land at TVC without performing a landing distance assessment, which was required by company policy. This poor decision-making likely reflected the effects of fatigue produced by a long, demanding duty day, and, for the captain, the duties associated with check airman functions. Contributing to the accident were 1) the Federal Aviation Administration pilot flight and duty time regulations that permitted the pilots’ long, demanding duty day and 2) the TVC operations supervisor’s use of ambiguous and unspecific radio phraseology in providing runway braking information. Four safety recommendations were issued to the FAA addressing timely post accident drug testing, training on landing distance assessment performance, ground operations personnel communications, and criteria for runway closures in snow and ice conditions. The NTSB adopted the report on June 10, 2008."
- FAA Airport Master Record for TVC ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 10 January 2013.
- "Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB)". 2011–2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. 4 October 2010.
- "New State-of-the-Art Terminal". Cherry Capital Airport. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
- "2003–2004 Balchen/Post Awards". Northeast Chapter American Association of Airport Executives. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "2004–2005 Balchen/Post Awards". Northeast Chapter American Association of Airport Executives. 27 April 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "2005–2006 Balchen/Post Awards". Northeast Chapter American Association of Airport Executives. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "America's Rip-Off Airports". Forbes.com. 16 February 2009.
- "Cherry Capital Airport - New United Service to Cleveland, Ohio" (Press release). Cherry Capital Airport. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Werly, Roxanne (February 25, 2013). "Traverse City air passengers have new direct flight option to east coast". UpNorthLive.com. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "2008 Annual Report to Congress". National Transportation Safety Board. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009.
- Official website
- Traverse City, Cherry Capital (TVC) page from Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics
- KTVC Forums[dead link]
- Aviation photos: Traverse City - Cherry Capital (Municipal) (TVC / KTVC) from Airliners.net
- Aerial image as of 27 April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective May 30, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TVC, effective May 30, 2013
- Resources for this airport: