Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport

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Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport
Warren County Municipal Airport.jpg
IATA: GFLICAO: KGFLFAA LID: GFL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Warren County
Serves Glens Falls, New York
Location Queensbury, New York
Elevation AMSL 328 ft / 100 m
Coordinates 43°20′28″N 073°36′37″W / 43.34111°N 73.61028°W / 43.34111; -73.61028Coordinates: 43°20′28″N 073°36′37″W / 43.34111°N 73.61028°W / 43.34111; -73.61028
Map
GFL is located in New York
GFL
GFL
Location of airport in New York
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
12/30 3,999 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 33,015
Based aircraft 50
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (IATA: GFL[2]ICAO: KGFLFAA LID: GFL) is a county owned, public use airport in Warren County, New York, United States.[1] It is located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Glens Falls,[1] in the town of Queensbury.[3] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[4]

The airport is named in honor of Floyd Bennett.[5] It was formerly known as Warren County Airport.[6]

The annual Adirondack Balloon Festival is held at this airport.[7]

History[edit]

From 1918 to 1946, the county's only airport, Floyd Bennett Field, was located on what are now the grounds of Queensbury High School.[8] In 1941, ground was broken a few miles east at what is now the current site of the airport. The airport has been served commercially by Colonial Airlines[6] (1940s),[citation needed] Eastern Air Lines[6] (1950s),[citation needed] Mohawk Airlines[6] (1950s–1970s),[citation needed] Allegheny Airlines[6] (1970s),[citation needed] and Air North (1960s–1980s).[citation needed]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport covers an area of 628 acres (254 ha) at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m) above mean sea level.[1] It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 1/19 is 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 3,999 by 100 feet (1,219 x 30 m).[1]

The north-facing runway 1 is equipped with an instrument landing system and a medium intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment lights. GPS-based instrument approaches are available to all four runway ends. A VORTAC is located at the field and during the 1990s and earlier was used as the basis for IFR approaches to the main runway.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 33,015 aircraft operations, an average of 90 per day: 85% general aviation, 12% air taxi, and 3% military. At that time there were 50 aircraft based at this airport: 92% single-engine, 4% jet, 2% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Incidents[edit]

On November 19, 1969, Mohawk Airlines Flight 411 crashed into Pilot Knob Mountain while attempting to land at the conclusion of a flight from Albany. All 14 passengers and crew were killed in the accident.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for GFL (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (GFL: Glens Falls / Warren County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport". Warren County Department of Public Works. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Floyd Bennett". Warren County Department of Public Works. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "A brief history of the Warren County Airport". Warren County Department of Public Works. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Adirondack Balloon Festival". Adirondack Balloon Festival. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ "54 Facts About Warren County". Warren County Historical Society. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 

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