Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

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Coordinates: 26°11′50″N 080°10′15″W / 26.19722°N 80.17083°W / 26.19722; -80.17083

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Fort Lauderdale
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 6,001 1,829 Asphalt
13/31 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2001)
Aircraft operations 261,163
Based aircraft 708

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (IATA: FXEICAO: KFXEFAA LID: FXE) is a general aviation airport located within the city limits of Fort Lauderdale, in Broward County, Florida, United States, five miles (8 km) north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.[1] It is a division of the Community and Economic Development Department of the City of Fort Lauderdale.


The airport was built in 1941 to train Naval Aviators during World War II, and named West Prospect Satellite Field. In 1947, the federal government deeded the airport to Fort Lauderdale for use as a public airport.

The airport serves over 250,000 aircraft operations per year, making it the eighth busiest General Aviation center in the United States. The airport is designated as general aviation reliever facility for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by the FAA. The airport is a port of entry with a full-service Customs facility. The airport also operates a 24/7 ARFF facility that meets the requirements of index B, although the airport is not certificated under FAR Part 139. ARFF services are provided by Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue

The airport is home to two rare Florida native species of animal, the Gopher Tortoise and the Florida Burrowing Owl.

"FIFI (aircraft)," the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, visiting KFXE in 2012.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport covers an area of 1,050 acres (420 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 8/26 measuring 6,001 x 100 ft (1,829 x 30 m) and 13/31 measuring 4,000 x 100 ft (1,219 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2001, the airport had 261,163 aircraft operations, an average of 715 per day: 94% general aviation, 6% air taxi and <1% military. There are 708 aircraft based at this airport: 52% single-engine, 26% multi-engine, 16% jet and 5% helicopter.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 12 June 1979, Douglas DC-3D N427W of Bradley Aviation crashed shortly after take-off when take-off was attempted at too low an airspeed. Both crew were killed.[2] The pilot did not have a rating to fly the DC-3 and the aircraft did not have a certificate of airworthiness.[3]
  • On 20 February 2004 a Learjet 25B owned by Skylinks Jets overran runway 8 by about 1,750 feet (530 m) feet. The aircraft touched down midway along the runway. A complete loss of brakes and a failed emergency drag-chute resulted in the aircraft overrunning the runway, crashing through the airport perimeter fence, across a four-lane highway and coming to a rest at a warehouse structure. The cause of the accident was the pilot-in-commands mis-calculation of fuel needed and a failure of the flight crew to deploy the emergency drag-chute and main-gear brakes upon landing.[citation needed]
  • Preliminary reports indicate that a Cessna 421 crashed shortly after take off from the airport around 11:20 a.m., April 17, 2009. Local authorities stated the aircraft crashed into a vacant home located about two miles (3 km) from the airport. The aircraft was en route to Fernandina Beach, Florida near Jacksonville and was due to arrive at 13:00. The Federal Aviation Administration indicated that one person was on board the aircraft. Sebring Air Charter of Tamarac, Florida is listed on FAA records as the owner of the aircraft. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for FXE (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ "N427W Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "NTSB Identification: MIA79FA094". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "N3960J Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "MIA05FA123". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 

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