Friedman Memorial Airport
|Friedman Memorial Airport|
|IATA: SUN – ICAO: KSUN – FAA LID: SUN|
|Owner||City of Hailey|
|Serves||Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley|
|Location||Hailey, Blaine County,
|Elevation AMSL||5,318 ft / 1,621 m|
|Sources: airport website and FAA|
Friedman Memorial Airport (IATA: SUN, ICAO: KSUN, FAA LID: SUN) is a city-owned public-use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) southeast of the central business district of Hailey, a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States. The airport is operated by the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority under a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Hailey and Blaine County. It serves Sun Valley and Ketchum, and the surrounding areas in the Wood River Valley.
Facilities and aircraft
Friedman Memorial Airport covers an area of 171 acres (69.2 ha) at an elevation of 5,318 feet (1,621 m) above sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 13/31 which measures 7,550 by 100 feet (2,300 by 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2007, the airport had 68,540 aircraft operations, an average of 187 per day: 58% general aviation, 38% air taxi, 3% scheduled commercial and <1% military. At that time there were 150 aircraft based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 5% jet, 1% helicopter and 1% ultralight.
The Friedman family donated much of the land for the airport to the city of Hailey in 1931 and the airport was officially recognized in 1932. According to historic photographs, the site had been used for aviation as early as 1916. Scheduled commercial passenger service began at the airport in August 1960 with the arrival of West Coast Airlines, a forerunner of Hughes Airwest (which did not fly into Friedman).
Airlines and destinations
Delta Air Lines is the dominant carrier at the airport via its Delta Connection service operated by SkyWest with Embraer EMB-120 "Brasilia" turboprop aircraft. Delta operates the most flights with year round nonstop service to its Salt Lake City hub only. Alaska Airlines, via its wholly owned regional partner Horizon Air, is the only other carrier at the airport. Nonstop flights are operated by Alaska/Horizon to Seattle and also nonstop to Los Angeles on a seasonal basis with Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft which is the largest and fastest member of the Dash 8 propjet family. More flights operate during the winter ski season than any other time of year from the airport. Alaska/Horizon usually has 100 days of service to Los Angeles from mid December to late March.
|Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air||Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Los Angeles
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Salt Lake City|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Seasonal: San Francisco (begins December 21, 2013)|
Historically, the airport had scheduled passenger jet service provided in the past on a seasonal basis during the winter ski season by Horizon Air and America West Airlines. Horizon Air operated Fokker F28 Fellowship jets nonstop to San Francisco and Seattle while America West flew Boeing 737-300 jetliners nonstop to Los Angeles and Phoenix.
In the 1970s, the airport was served by Sun Valley Airlines (later "Sun Valley Key Airlines" which then changed its name to Key Airlines) using de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Convair 440, Piper Navajo and other propeller-driven aircraft. The airfield was also briefly served by Gem State Airlines and Mountain West Airlines. Transwestern Airlines provided service for two years, until sidelined by an non-fatality accident near Hailey in 1983 which involved an emergency landing attempt on Highway 75. It was acquired later that year by Horizon Air, which began service in the early 1980s. Air Idaho served the airport as well during the mid 1970s with de Havilland Heron prop aircraft.
- Friedman Memorial Airport, official site
- FAA Airport Master Record for SUN ( PDF), effective 2008-06-05
- "Airport History". Friedman Memorial Airport. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
- "New direct flights between San Francisco and Sun Valley start in December". Idaho Statesman=August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- "All aboard live through plane crash near Hailey". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 16, 1983. p. A6.
- February 1976 edition of Official Airline Guide
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SUN, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport:
- Alaska Airlines/ Horizon route map for 2009 showing new routes to Boise and Idaho Falls