Easterwood Airport

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Easterwood Airport

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IATA: CLLICAO: KCLLFAA LID: CLL
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Texas A&M University
Location College Station, Texas
Elevation AMSL 321 ft / 97.8 m
Coordinates 30°35′19″N 96°21′50″W / 30.58861°N 96.36389°W / 30.58861; -96.36389
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,149 1,569 Concrete
10/28 5,159 1,572 Asphalt
16/34 7,000 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 60,395
Based aircraft 48
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Easterwood Airport (IATA: CLLICAO: KCLLFAA LID: CLL), also known as Easterwood Field, is the regional airport for Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station and Brazos County, Texas, USA. The airport is owned by Texas A&M University. Easily accessible from Farm-To-Market Road 60 West (Raymond Stotzer Parkway), it is located three miles (5 km) southwest of College Station[2] and 0.25 miles (0.40 km) from Texas A&M University. There is no public transportation system access to Easterwood Airport.

The William A. McKenzie Terminal at Easterwood Airport provides daily flights within Texas to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. The terminal offers complimentary 2 hour visitor parking as well as drop off areas on the upper level and shuttle/taxi pick up areas on the lower level.

The airline ticket counters, TSA security checkpoint, and boarding areas are located on the upper level of the terminal. Baggage claim and rental car agencies are located on the lower level.

History[edit]

In 1938, the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (as Texas A&M was known at the time) authorized the development of an airport at the existing site. The University applied to the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) for certification as a primary flight training school under provisions of the Civilian Pilot Training Program.

In May 1940 the airport opened, named for Navy Lt. Jesse L. Easterwood. Easterwood was a former A&M student who enlisted in the British Royal Naval Air Service in 1917. After being commissioned as Ensign, he was later promoted to Lieutenant in the Naval Air Service and was the second American to qualify as Naval Aviation Pilot. He served with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and had sixteen successful raids behind German lines. He served in three foreign countries and was killed in an airplane accident in the Canal Zone May 19, 1919. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously "for distinguished and heroic service as an aviator."

The facility in 1940 had one hangar and a turf landing strip and taxiway which were eventually paved through funding provided by the CAA, the Works Projects Administration (WPA), and Texas A&M. 1946 aerial view

In 1948 a large hangar was relocated to the airfield from a US Army flying field near Corsicana, Texas. The FAA established a Flight Service Station (FSS) at the Airport in 1951 and Pioneer Airlines began scheduled air service in that year. Many changes have occurred including moving the Flight Service Station to Montgomery County and Colgan Air (operating as United Express) and American Eagle now provide scheduled air service.

The first control tower was erected at the Airport in 1952 and a commercial passenger terminal was constructed in 1957. Work began on an extension of Runway 16-34 to its present 7,001-foot (2,134 m) length in 1984. At the same time the parallel taxiway to Runway 16-34 was extended.

In 1988 work began on improvements to the Airport access road and construction of a new passenger terminal began. The new McKenzie Terminal opened in 1990 and plans were made to convert the old passenger terminal into a general aviation terminal. It was remodeled and re-opened for service in 1994 as a modern general aviation facility, housing line service and support personnel as well as flight operations.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Entrance of airport

The airport is equipped with two 5,150-foot (1,570 m) runways, one 7,000-foot (2,100 m) paved, all weather runway, an approach lighting system, an FAA control tower, FAA radio communication and an OmniRange-ILS Navigation Aid.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 51,465 aircraft operations, an average of 141 per day: 68% general aviation, 20% military, 11% air taxi and 1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 44 aircraft based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, and 5% Jet.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
United Express Houston-Intercontinental
Busiest Domestic Routes from College Station (August 2012 – July 2013)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 48,000 American Eagle
2 Houston, Texas 29,000 United Express

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  1. ^ Easterwood Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for CLL (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  3. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 

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