DuBois Regional Airport
|DuBois Regional Airport|
|IATA: DUJ – ICAO: KDUJ – FAA LID: DUJ|
|Serves||DuBois, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania|
|Location||Washington Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|
|Elevation AMSL||1,817 ft / 554 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
DuBois Regional Airport (IATA: DUJ, ICAO: KDUJ, FAA LID: DUJ), formerly known as DuBois-Jefferson County Airport, is a public use airport located seven nautical miles (8 mi, 13 km) northwest of the central business district of DuBois, a city in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. The airport is situated on Pennsylvania Route 830 in Washington Township, Jefferson County. It is owned and operated by the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority, which is based on the airport grounds. It is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by one commercial airline, Silver Airways, which has a maintenance base at the airport. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. The airport serves Clearfield, Elk, and Jefferson counties.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 3,230 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 5,096 enplanements in 2009, and 5,728 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
In the early 1950s, the City of DuBois created a Municipal Airport Authority which looked into means of expanding the existing DuBois City Airport, in the Oklahoma section, east of the city. They determined that site was unsuitable for further expansion, and joined with Jefferson County officials to procure the present site, 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of DuBois. Construction was completed and the first flight was made on June 1, 1960 by Allegheny Airlines. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, radio navigational aids were added, including a non-directional beacon (DU), and finally a full Instrument Landing System (ILS) for runway 25 (IDUJ).
Brockway Glass Corporation, headquartered in nearby Brockway, Pennsylvania, constructed a corporate hangar on the apron to house their corporate aircraft (and later a commuter airline service), and Fixed Base Operator Beechwoods Flying Service constructed general aviation "T hangars", fuel pumps and maintenance hangars. The FAA opened a Flight Service Station in 1963 to provide weather observation and aviation advisory services to pilots in the region, which is noted for rapidly changing and severe weather. In the 1970s, the FAA also located a regional radio navigational maintenance facility on the field.
In 1988, Brockway Glass was taken over by Owens-Illinois, and its assets were liquidated, including the Crown Airways commuter airline. The Flight Service Station was closed in 1990 during FSS consolidation, and its functions were assumed by the Altoona FSS.
Since 1991, the airport complex has continued to expand and renovate its facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. Since 2001 it has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone. State route PA-830 has been relocated to a new access road, and dedicated as the "Bud Scherer Memorial Highway" to honor the memory of longtime Airport Manager Francis "Bud" Scherer. It carries traffic from U.S. Interstate 80 and the borough of Falls Creek.
Facilities and aircraft
DuBois Regional Airport covers an area of 399 acres (161 ha) at an elevation of 1,817 feet (554 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 7/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,503 by 100 feet (1,677 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 7,166 aircraft operations, an average of 19 per day: 49% general aviation, 37% scheduled commercial, 13% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 18 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single-engine and 11% multi-engine.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|United Express operated by Silver Airways||Cleveland, Franklin (PA)|
- On March 27, 1975, Douglas C-48A N6 of the Federal Aviation Administration crashed on take-off. The aircraft was operating an executive flight to Harrisburg International Airport. All eleven people on board survived.
- On April 9, 2003, Skyway Enterprises Shorts 330-200 aircraft (N805SW), on a flight from Pittsburgh was about to land at DuBois Regional Airport, when an engine surged, the pilot attempted to go round again to land and crashed left of the runway. The aircraft was substantially damaged but the two crew survived.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DUJ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "Washington township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
- "DuBois Regional Airport". Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
- "Destinations Served". Continental Airlines. 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Restaurant". DuBois Regional Airport. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "Aircraft accident Douglas C-48A-DO (DC-3C) N6 Dubois-Jefferson County Airport, PA (DUJ)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- "Aircraft accident Shorts 330-200 N805SW Dubois, PA". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved November 26, 2006.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2004-17617) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2004-8-18 (August 16, 2004): selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. subsidiary, Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at DuBois, Pennsylvania, for the period from July 23, 2004, through August 31, 2006, at an annual subsidy rate of $643,818.
- Order 2006-6-31 (June 26, 2006): re-selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest, to provide essential air service (EAS) at DuBois, Pennsylvania, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2006, at an annual subsidy rate of $599,271.
- Order 2007-7-21 (July 26, 2007): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg, West Virginia, and Athens, Georgia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $4,077,792 ($1,159,229 for DuBois, $763,741 for Franklin/Oil City, $1,329,477 for Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg, and $825,345 for Athens) for the two-year period beginning when Gulfstream inaugurates service through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
- Order 2008-5-3 (May 6, 2008): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, and Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg (Lewisburg), West Virginia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $5,577,594 ($2,020,095 for DuBois, $1,226,773 for Franklin/Oil City, and $2,330,725 for Lewisburg) for the two-year period beginning when Gulfstream inaugurates service through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
- Order 2010-9-12 (September 9, 2010): re-selecting Gulfstream International Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,870,657 ($1,087,306 for Bradford, $2,228,996 for DuBois, $915,101 for Oil City/Franklin, and $1,639,254 for Jamestown), from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.
- DuBois Regional Airport, official site
- PDF at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Aerial image as of April 1994 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DUJ, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: