Great Bend Municipal Airport
|Great Bend Municipal Airport|
|2006 orthophoto from USGS|
|IATA: GBD – ICAO: KGBD – FAA LID: GBD|
|Owner||City of Great Bend|
|Serves||Great Bend, Kansas|
|Elevation AMSL||1,887 ft / 575 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Great Bend Municipal Airport (IATA: GBD, ICAO: KGBD, FAA LID: GBD) is a city-owned public-use airport located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) west of the central business district of Great Bend, a city in Barton County, Kansas, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,407 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 927 enplanements in 2009, and 719 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
During World War II, the facility was known as Great Bend Army Airfield and was used as a United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force training field. It was one of the first B-29 Superfortress bases, used to organize XXI Bomber Command before it deployed to the Western Pacific in 1944. It was closed during the late 1940s and turned over to civil control.
The airport is the site of the first nationwide NHRA event, held in 1955.
Facilities and aircraft
Great Bend Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,887 acres (764 ha) at an elevation of 1,887 feet (575 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 17/35 is 7,851 by 100 feet (2,393 x 30 m) and 11/29 is 4,706 by 75 feet (1,434 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending October 31, 2011, the airport had 21,181 aircraft operations, an average of 58 per day: 81% general aviation, 12% air taxi, 7% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 31 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, and 19% multi-engine.
Airline and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Great Lakes Airlines||Hays (non-stop), Denver (one-stop)†|
† Great Lakes Airlines' flight to Denver stops in Hays, Kansas.
- FAA Airport Master Record for GBD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1998-3496) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2009-9-5: re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, and Liberal for the two-year period from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011, at combined annual subsidy rates of $8,897,565.
- Order 2011-10-24: re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Great Bend and Hays combined for $3,246,061 annual subsidy.
- Municipal Airport at City of Great Bend website
- PDF from Kansas DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of March 2002 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for Great Bend Municipal (GBD), effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: