Freeway Airport

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Coordinates: 38°56′29″N 076°46′21″W / 38.94139°N 76.77250°W / 38.94139; -76.77250

Freeway Airport
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: W00
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Freeway Airport Inc.
Serves Mitchellville, Maryland
Location 3900 Church Rd.
Elevation AMSL 168 ft / 51 m
Website http://freewayaviation.com/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 2,420 738 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 24,115

Freeway Airport (FAA LID: W00) is a privately owned, public-use airport located two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Mitchellville, in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States.[1]

History[edit]

Freeway Airport became active in June 1961, in Prince George's County, 2 miles NW of Mitchellville, Maryland. Freeway has maintained an active flight school operation since its founding, operating aircraft such as Alon Ercoupes,[2] Cessna 152's, and Cessna 172's. Freeway Airport is privately owned by Freeway Airport Inc., but is open to the general public. The airfield is staffed everyday of the year, from 8 am until dusk, except on major holidays. The airport is located on 100 acres of land. The airport has 75 aircraft currently based at its facilities, as well as one ultra-light. The facilities include a lighted wind indicator, airframe services, powerplant services, and fuel available, but there is no control tower present on the airfield. The airfield has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,420 feet in length, which is in good condition.[1]

Hani Hanjour, one of the hijackers involved in the events of September 11, 2001 trained at Freeway Airport.[3] A month before the attack, "instructors at Freeway Airport in Bowie flew with him and deemed him unfit to rent a plane by himself".[4]

In February 2006, a Cessna 172 crashed at Freeway Airport due to poor visibility.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for W00 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2013-10-17
  2. ^ Private Pilot: 7. July 1967.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Fainaru, Steve; Whoriskey, Peter (September 19, 2001). "Hijack Suspects Tried Many Flight Schools: 'Polite, Quiet' Men Stirred No Concerns". Washington Post. p. A15. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Amy (September 30, 2001). "Hijackers Led By Core Group: Suspects Left Trail of Movements In U.S. Through Licenses, Rentals". Washington Post. p. A01. 
  5. ^ Klein, Allison; Harris, Hamil R. (February 23, 2006). "Two Killed as Cessna Crashes Trying to Land at Bowie Airport; Officials at Bowie Airport Say They Tried to Divert Pilot Because of Poor Visibility". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 

External links[edit]

Airport WebSite: Freeway Aviation