Double Eagle II Airport

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Coordinates: 35°08′43″N 106°47′43″W / 35.14528°N 106.79528°W / 35.14528; -106.79528

Double Eagle II Airport
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IATA: noneICAO: KAEGFAA LID: AEG
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Albuquerque
Serves Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL 5,837 ft / 1,779 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,400 2,256 Asphalt
17/35 5,999 1,828 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 131,397
Based aircraft 254
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Double Eagle II Airport (ICAO: KAEGFAA LID: AEG) is a public airport located seven miles (11 km) northwest of the central business district of Albuquerque, a city in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States. It is owned by the City of Albuquerque.[1]

Located on the far west side of the city, it is Albuquerque’s second airport after Albuquerque International Sunport. Construction began in 1982, and the airport was named for the Double Eagle II Balloon, the first balloon to cross the Atlantic ocean, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Double Eagle II is assigned AEG by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned AEG to Aek Godang Airport in Padang Sidempuan, Sumatra, Indonesia).[2][3]

Air ambulance, corporate flights, military flights, training flights, charter, and private make up approximately 120,000 annual operations.

Utilicraft Aerospace Industries has announced that, together with the Navajo Nation, the city, and the State of New Mexico, it is building the Utilicraft FF-1080, a small cargo aircraft. Double Eagle II will be the final assembly point.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Double Eagle II Airport covers an area of 4,257 acres (1,723 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways:[1]

  • Runway 4/22 - 7,400 x 100 ft (2,256 x 30 m). Full ILS & MALSR (22 end); PAPI visual navigational aide
  • Runway 17/35 - 5,999 x 100 ft (1,828 x 30 m). REIL (each end); PAPI visual navigational aide

Traffic pattern altitude is 6,800' mean sea level. Right hand traffic patterns for runways 22 and 35.

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2006, the airport had 131,397 aircraft operations, an average of 359 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi and 1% military. There are 254 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 7% helicopter, 2% ultralight and <1% jet.[1]

Filming location[edit]

Scenes for the pilot episode of the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles were filmed on location at Double Eagle II Airport. For the filming, the airport's sign was partially covered with a new sign stating the fictional name, "Red Valley Regional Airport", but the lower portion of the sign stating the actual latitude, longitude, and elevation of the airport was left uncovered.

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