Grand Strand Airport
|Grand Strand Airport|
|2006 USGS airphoto|
|IATA: CRE – ICAO: KCRE – FAA LID: CRE|
|Serves||North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||32 ft / 10 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Grand Strand Airport (IATA: CRE, ICAO: KCRE, FAA LID: CRE) is a county-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of North Myrtle Beach, in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. The name Grand Strand refers to a nearby 60-mile stretch of beach (strand in German).
Facilities and aircraft
Grand Strand Airport covers an area of 427 acres (173 ha) at an elevation of 32 feet (10 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,997 by 100 feet (1,828 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending October 30, 2008, the airport had 46,670 aircraft operations, an average of 127 per day: 96% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 47 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 2% jet and 2% helicopter.
The origins of the airport are undetermined, however it was likely built during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces. Known as Wampee Flight Strip, it was used as an auxiliary landing airfield for Myrtle Beach Army Airfield. It was closed after World War II, and was turned over for local government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA).
Beginning in 1956, this was the commercial airport for Myrtle Beach and other Grand Strand communities, primarily being serviced by Piedmont Airlines. It was used until the opening of what is now Myrtle Beach International Airport in 1976 at Myrtle Beach AFB.
Since 1976, the airport has been used by general aviation, primarily serving the North Myrtle Beach area.
- FAA Airport Master Record for CRE ( PDF), effective 2009-08-27.
- FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2009-2013. Federal Aviation Administration. Published 1 October 2008.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Ramp 66, the fixed base operator (FBO)
- Aerial photo as of 28 February 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective September 18, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CRE, effective September 18, 2014
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