Middle Georgia Regional Airport
|Middle Georgia Regional Airport|
|USGS 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: MCN – ICAO: KMCN – FAA LID: MCN|
|Owner||City of Macon|
|Location||Bibb County, between Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia|
|Elevation AMSL||354 ft / 108 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Middle Georgia Regional Airport (IATA: MCN, ICAO: KMCN, FAA LID: MCN) is a city owned, public use airport located nine nautical miles (10 mi, 17 km) south of the central business district of Macon, a city in Bibb County, Georgia, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,029 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,866 enplanements in 2009, and 1,296 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008 (more than 10,000 per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Middle Georgia Regional Airport covers an area of 1,149 acres (465 ha) at an elevation of 354 feet (108 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2010, the airport had 23,533 aircraft operations, an average of 64 per day: 71% general aviation, 19% military, 8% air taxi, and 3% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 76 aircraft based at this airport: 46% single-engine, 42% multi-engine, 8% jet, and 4% helicopter.
Early in 1940, Macon's Chamber of Commerce began a campaign to bring war industries and defense installations to the City. Negotiations with the Army Air Corps resulted in a tract of land in a highly developed agricultural area nine miles (14 km) south of the City known as Avondale being selected by the Air Corps.
The City of Macon and Bibb County obtained options on the desired tracts of land. Once the Army Air Corps finally decided to build an airbase at the site, it required the base be built as soon as possible. An informal agreement with the Army stipulated that when the War Department had no further use for the property, the deed would revert to the City and the County.
On August 17, 1941, the first class of British Royal Air Force cadets arrived at Cochran Field. Until June 1942, Cochran was used exclusively for British training. With the last British class graduating in early 1943, the War Department constituted and activated the 27th Flying Training Wing (Basic) at Cochran and assigned it to the (redesignated) AAF Eastern Flying Training Command as a flying training unit. Peak training took place during 1943. From the beginning of 1944 flight training steadily diminished. The Air Force inactivated the base on 15 December 1945.
Following the war, Cochran was utilized for various purposes. Smart Field remained as Macon's municipal airport until 1947. After a tornado swept Smart Field, the airlines moved their operations to Cochran where they remain to this day. The passenger terminal was built in 1959 and extensively renovated in 2003.
The former names of this airport were Lewis B. Wilson Municipal Airport and Macon Municipal Airport.
Commercial airline service to this airport included Eastern Airlines and Delta Air Lines with its ASA "Delta Connection" discontinuing service to the airport in 2008. ASA has maintenance facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
The two Army built hangars still exist along with a few old warehouses. The Air Force currently has a presence at the airport, hosting the 202d Engineering Installation Squadron, a non-flying engineering unit of the Georgia Air National Guard. However, this unit will relocate to nearby Robins AFB at the end of Fiscal Year 2011 pursuant to BRAC action.
Airline and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Silver Airways||Atlanta, Orlando|
|AirNet Express||Augusta/Daniel (GA), Orlando|
- FAA Airport Master Record for MCN ( 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.
- Shettle, M. L. (2005), Georgia's Army Airfields of World War II. ISBN 0-9643388-3-1
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2007-28671) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Ninety-Day Notice (July 2, 2007): Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. gives notice of its intent to discontinue its service between Macon, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia after October 1, 2007. ASA's service is operated as "Delta Connection" service under agreements with Delta Air Lines, Inc.
- Order 2008-5-43 (June 3, 2008): selecting Pacific Wings, L.L.C. d/b/a Georgia Skies, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Athens and Macon, with 9-seat Cessna Grand Caravan C 208B turboprop aircraft, for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at both communities, at an annual subsidy of $2,437,692.
- Order 2011-1-17 (January 18, 2011): terminating the carrier-selection case at Macon, Georgia, and relying on Pacific Wings, LLC, d/b/a Georgia Skies to provide subsidy-free essential air service (EAS) at the community as it proposed. We are also terminating Pacific Wings’ current subsidy at the community effective seven days after the issuance of this order.
- 90-day notice (April 26, 2012): of Pacific Wings' intent to terminate unsubsidized service to Macon, Ga. effective July 26, 2012. We are taking this action due to the potential for USDOT to introduce federally subsidized competitors in EAS locations already receiving service at no cost to the federal government, just as the Department recently did in Kalaupapa, Hawaii.
- Order 2012-5-25 (May 24, 2012): prohibits Pacific Wings, L.L.C., d/b/a Georgia Skies, from terminating service at Macon, Georgia, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e., August 25, 2012. We are also requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service (“EAS”) at Macon, with or without subsidy.
- City of Macon Aviation Department
- Aerial image as of February 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MCN, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: