Homer Airport

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Homer Airport
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IATA: HOMICAO: PAHOFAA LID: HOM
HOM is located in Alaska
HOM
HOM
Location of airport in Alaska
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
Serves Homer, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 84 ft / 26 m
Coordinates 59°38′44″N 151°28′36″W / 59.64556°N 151.47667°W / 59.64556; -151.47667
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,701 2,042 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 49,821
Based aircraft 93
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Homer Airport (IATA: HOMICAO: PAHOFAA LID: HOM) is a state-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Homer,[1] a town in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Main terminal on FAA road

Homer Airport covers an area of 1,040 acres (420 ha) at an elevation of 84 feet (26 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with a 6,701 x 150 ft (2,042 x 46 m) asphalt pavement,[1] and a facility for floatplanes on nearby Beluga Lake.

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2006, the airport had 49,821 aircraft operations, an average of 136 per day: 46% scheduled commercial, 32% air taxi, 22% general aviation and <1% military. At that time there were 93 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 4% multi-engine, 3% helicopter and 2% ultralight.[1]

The FAA completed a new master plan for the airport in 2006 and expansion and safety improvements are ongoing.[2] The plan calls for a new haul out area for floatplanes, a public-use helipad, a building for managing rescue and firefighting operations based at the airport, and other general improvements.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Era Alaska Anchorage[3]
Homer Air Kachemak Bay[4]
Smokey Bay Air Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia[5]
Island Air Service Kodiak[citation needed]
  • There are also numerous sightseeing and fly-in fishing and hunting operations.

Notable incidents[edit]

in November 1987 a Beechcraft 1900C operated by Ryan air crashed while arriving from Kodiak, killing all 18 passengers and crew on board.[6]

In March 2006, agents from the US Marshal service, in conjunction with local police, attempted to apprehend a violent methamphetamine dealer, Jason Karlo Anderson, who had fled from charges in Minnesota. The suspect had rented a car at the Homer airport, and the rental agent assisted police in luring him back to the airport. Marshals were unaware that the entire Homer High School choir, over 100 students, would be departing for a trip at the same time as the setup. The suspect apparently panicked when he arrived and discovered so many people at the small airport, and a shootout ensued in the parking lot after marshals boxed in his car. Karlo was killed, but not before severely wounding his own infant son with a gunshot to the head.[7] The infant's mother, Cheryl Dietzmann, has contested the finding that Anderson shot his own son and in February 2009 filed against the U.S. Marshals asking for seventy-five million dollars in damages.[8] In July 2011 the Marshals settled with Dietzman for 3.5 million dollars. An additional case against the individual Homer Police officers and the city of Homer[9] was concluded in March 2013, with a verdict that the officers did not in fact injure the children and may have actually saved their lives by shooting Anderson.[10]

In October 2013 another Beechcraft 1900C, in this case operated by Era Aviation, experienced a landing gear failure and slid to a stop on its belly. No injuries were reported.[6]

References[edit]

In the summer months Beluga Lake is a very active floatplane airport
  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for HOM (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-04-10
  2. ^ DOT holds hearing on environmental impacts of airport plan Homer NewsAugust 2, 2006
  3. ^ Era Aviation
  4. ^ Homer Air Service
  5. ^ Smokey Bay Air
  6. ^ a b Armstrong, Michael, FAA-NTSB investigate cause of Era crash Homer News, 10-30-2013
  7. ^ "Troopers release Homer Airport shooting report " Homer News Feb. 14 2008
  8. ^ Mother of airport shooting victim seeks $75 million in lawsuit Homer News February 6, 2009
  9. ^ Airport shooting settled with feds Michael Armstrong, Homer News, 7/27/2011
  10. ^ Armstrong, Michael, Jury rules in favor of police Homer News, 3/13/2013

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