Lake County Airport (Colorado)
|Lake County Airport
|USGS aerial image, 12 October 1999|
|IATA: LXV – ICAO: KLXV – FAA LID: LXV|
|Owner||County Commissioner of Lake County|
|Elevation AMSL||9,927 ft / 3,026 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Lake County Airport (IATA: LXV, ICAO: KLXV, FAA LID: LXV), also known as Leadville Airport, is a county-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of the central business district of Leadville, a city in Lake County, Colorado, United States.
At an elevation of 9,927 ft (3,026 m) above mean sea level the airport claims the distinction of being North America's highest. Pilots receive a free certificate commemorating their landing upon a successful landing. Aircraft performance deteriorates rapidly with altitude, so many organizations use the Leadville Airport as a base for high-altitude performance testing.
Facilities and aircraft
Lake County Airport covers an area of 605 acres (245 ha). It has one asphalt paved runway designated 16/34 which measures 6,400 by 75 feet (1,951 x 23 m). It also has one helipad designated H1 with a concrete surface measuring 150 by 100 feet (46 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 10,000 aircraft operations, an average of 27 per day: 78% general aviation, 20% military, and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 11 aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.
At one point, the airport had scheduled passenger airline service. Rocky Mountain Airways operated flights with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprop aircraft to Denver, thus earning Lake County Airport the distinction of being the highest airfield in the U.S. ever to receive airline service.
The highest helicopter flight training school in the world, RAVCO, operates out of the Lake County Airport. Their Mountain/High Altitude Test and Training Site (M/HATTS) is acknowledged as having the highest landing zone for training in the Continental United States of America (CONUS).
- FAA Airport Master Record for LXV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
- National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 2 (PDF, 1.04 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.
- RAVCO Website
- M/HATTS Program
- Leadville Airport
- Aerial image as of 12 October 1999 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LXV, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: