Salem Municipal Airport
Salem Army Airfield
|USGS 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: SLE – ICAO: KSLE – FAA LID: SLE|
|Owner||City of Salem|
|Elevation AMSL||214 ft / 65 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
McNary Field (IATA: SLE, ICAO: KSLE, FAA LID: SLE), also known as Salem Municipal Airport, is a city owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southeast of the central business district of Salem, a city in Marion County and the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon. The airport has two asphalt runways and is named for U.S. Senator Charles L. McNary.
Primarily a general aviation airport, McNary Field had scheduled commercial airline service in the past, including service via Delta Air Lines that ended in October 2008. The airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service facility based on enplanements in 2008 (more than 10,000 per year). As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 15,205 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, an increase of 17% from the 12,979 enplanements in 2007.
Once served by airlines, which included Boeing 737-200 jet service to San Francisco and Portland operated by United Airlines, scheduled commercial service left McNary Field in 1993. The city of Salem actively campaigned to bring the airlines back to McNary Field, and on June 7, 2007, Delta Connection returned commercial air service to Salem with two Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet flights a day in each direction to Salt Lake City. On October 9, 2008, the last Delta flight left McNary as the service ended.  Horizon Air also previously served the airport with turboprop service to Portland and Seattle.
Facilities and aircraft
McNary Field covers an area of 751 acres (304 ha) at an elevation of 214 feet (65 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 13/31, which is 5,811 ft (1,771 m) and ILS equipped, and a visual approach 5,145 ft (1,568 m) runway (16/34).
The airport grounds include a control tower, a restaurant, a general aviation center including limited flight training, and a small terminal building. The terminal building is approximately 5,600 square feet (520 m2) after an expansion in 2010 that added ticket counters, a baggage area, and enlarged the waiting area. The expanded facility is more than twice the size of the old terminal, and was designed by Mead & Hunt.
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2013, the airport had 33,611 aircraft operations, an average of 92 per day: 87% general aviation, 7% military, and 5% air taxi. At that time there were 216 aircraft based at this airport: 71% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 5% jet, 5% helicopter, 1% glider, and 9% military.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SLE ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Delta to begin two daily flights from Salem to Salt Lake City". Statesman Journal. February 26, 2007.
- Guerrero-Huston, Thelma (October 10, 2008). "Delta goes up, up and away". Statesman Journal. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
- Webber, Angela (April 5, 2011). "Salem to open terminal, re-start commercial air service". Daily Journal of Commerce.
- Salem Municipal Airport - McNary Field]: CityOfSalem.net or http://www.flysalem.org/ FlySalem.org]
- www.FlySalem.com, unofficial website
- Oregon Department of Aviation: AIMS data for KSLE
- Aerial image as of July 2000 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SLE, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: