Katama Airpark

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Katama Airpark
Hsl-Edgartown Airfield.jpg
Edgartown Airfield, as it appeared in the 1920s
IATA: noneICAO: K1B2FAA LID: 1B2
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Town of Edgartown
Location Edgartown, Massachusetts
Elevation AMSL 18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 41°21′30.4220″N 70°31′28.09″W / 41.358450556°N 70.5244694°W / 41.358450556; -70.5244694Coordinates: 41°21′30.4220″N 70°31′28.09″W / 41.358450556°N 70.5244694°W / 41.358450556; -70.5244694
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 3,700 1,128 Turf
6/24 2,700 823 Turf
17/35 2,600 792 Turf

Katama Airpark, (ICAO: K1B2FAA LID: 1B2) in the Katama section of Edgartown, Massachusetts, is a public airport owned by the Town of Edgartown.[1] It has three runways, averages 22 flights per day, and has approximately four aircraft based on its field.[2]

During World War II, Martha's Vineyard functioned both as an outer defense and a training facility for gunnery and pilots. In addition to the main Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY), there was a small airport at Katama near a gunnery practice area at the beach. Following World War II this airport was purchased by Steven Gentle who ran the Katama Airpark until the 1980s when it was purchased with state conservation funds (as this airfield has five endangered plant or animal species) and is currently managed by the municipal government of Edgartown. During the season (roughly May 31 to Labor Day), there are biplane and glider rides available.

"The Right Fork Diner" is the most recent name for the diner at the Edgartown or Katama Airfield. The restaurant was initially named "Mels" until her retirement. The restaurant is located adjacent to the airfield and the parade of planes taxiing by the restaurant has provided decades of entertainment for children. Biplane ride from Classic Aviators and the soaring glider rides concession in the 1980s (or so) added another level of entertainment.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has a small data monitoring building adjacent to the hangar. It monitors wave action, beach erosion, and offshore wave action.[3] It is not open to the public.

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