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
IATA: FXEICAO: KFXEFAA LID: FXE
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Fort Lauderdale
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Website ci.FtLaud.fl.us/FXE/
Runways
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.

Overview[edit]

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: 9/27 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.[4]
  • June 23, 2004, two people were killed when a Piper Archer aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff into a nearby warehouse. The aircraft had three occupants on board, and was enroute to the Bahamas when the aircraft lost power and crashed through the roof of the business. [5] [6]
  • On August 1, 2007 a Piper PA-60 Aircraft lost one of its two engines shortly after takeoff from the airport. The aircraft crash landed onto NW 62nd Street immediately north of the airport while attempting to return for an emergency landing. All three people onboard the aircraft escaped injury, but the aircraft was destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire that resulted due to the crash & fuel leak. [9]
  • On April 17, 2009, Preliminary reports indicate that a Cessna 421 crashed shortly after take off from the airport around 11:20 a.m. 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, and was killed in the accident. 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. [10]
  • December 28, 2011 a Cessna Citation jet overran the end of the runway 13 and ran through an airport perimeter security fence. Substantial damage occurred to the aircraft, with no fire or fuel leak occurring. No injuries occurred to the 8 occupants as a result of the accident. The aircraft had originally taken off from Runway 26, but experienced mechanical difficulties, and the crew returned for a landing on Runway 13 for their emergency landing, and landed long on the runway, resulting in the overrun. [11] [12]
  • March 15, 2013 three people were killed when a Piper PA31 Navajo aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff into a parking lot of a business near the departure end of the runway 9. All three occupants of the aircraft were killed, and the cause of the crash was listed as pilot error. [13] [14]

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