Monterey Regional Airport
|Monterey Regional Airport|
|IATA: MRY – ICAO: KMRY – FAA LID: MRY|
|Operator||Monterey Peninsula Airport District|
|Elevation AMSL||257 ft / 78.3 m|
Monterey Regional Airport (IATA: MRY, ICAO: KMRY, FAA LID: MRY) is three miles (5 km) southeast of Monterey, in Monterey County, California, USA. It was created in 1936. The airport was known as the Monterey Peninsula Airport until the board of directors renamed it on September 14, 2011.
The airport is owned by the several municipalities that make up the Monterey Peninsula Airport District. It is a public entity, and its five-member board of directors is publicly elected.
The airport has its origins with flights from the polo field of the Hotel Del Monte in 1910. In 1941, local communities formed the Monterey Peninsula Airport District and acquired land to build an airport. World War II intervened, and the U.S. Navy leased the land, opening Naval Auxiliary Air Station Monterey on May 23, 1943. The Navy remained at the airport until 1972, when the facility was closed.
Monterey-Salinas Transit is the public ground transit organization serving the airport.
Area and runways
Monterey Regional Airport covers 597 acres (242 ha) and has two runways:
- Runway 10R/28L: 7,616 x 150 ft (2,321 x 46 m) asphalt
- Runway 10L/28R: 3,513 x 60 ft (1,071 x 18 m) asphalt
Airlines and destinations
|Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air||San Diego|
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas|
|American Eagle operated by SkyWest Airlines||Los Angeles|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco|
|US Airways Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Phoenix|
Allegiant Air is the only airline at Monterey using large "mainline" jets such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 which flies nonstop to Las Vegas. Allegiant planned to fly Boeing 757-200s nonstop to Honolulu, scheduled to start in November, 2012; the airline cancelled the launch due to low demand.
United Airlines flew to Monterey from the 1930s until 2000 or 2001: Boeing 727s, 737-200s, 757-200s and Airbus A320s in later years. Circa 1980 United 727s flew nonstop to Chicago and Denver. Pacific Air Lines had 727s, Hughes Airwest (formerly Air West) Douglas DC-9s, Air California 737s and Pacific Express BAC One-Elevens. Pacific Southwest Airlines, USAir (later US Airways) and WestAir ("United Express") all served Monterey with BAe 146s. ExpressJet also independently served the airport at one point with Embraer ERJ-145s. In 1966 Pacific Air Lines started the first jets to Monterey: 727s to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara along with Fairchild F-27s.
Golden Gate Airlines was a regional airline based in Monterey. This "commuter" airline served over 20 cities mainly in California but also in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Golden Gate operated Convair 580s and de Havilland Canada Dash 7s as well as smaller turboprops. The airline ceased operations circa 1981 after an unsuccessful merger with Swift Aire Lines.
Fixed Base Operators
There are five fixed base operators located at the Monterey Regional Airport:
- APR Aviation (formerly Del Monte Aviation)
- Million Air
- Monterey Bay Aviation
- Monterey Jet Center
- Navy Flying Club
Accidents and incidents
On June 14, 1964 at about 7:35 pm a Piper PA-28 (tail number N5384W) collided with trees in Monterey, California, killing the 34-year-old student pilot. The investigation into the fatal accident revealed that the pilot misjudged his altitude, flying too low and under the influence of alcohol. The crash also caused the Piper to catch fire.
On August 17, 1968, at about 12:36 pm, a Cessna 210 (tail number N9676T) stalled while landing at the Monterey Peninsula Airport. During the landing, the 48-year-old pilot suffered a heart attack, which caused his Cessna to stall. The Cessna was destroyed upon impact. The pilot had about 5,743 flight hours of experience.
On July 26, 1979 at about 9:43 pm a Cessna 320A (tail number N3005R) crashed during its final approach to Monterey. The 62-year-old pilot used improper Instrument Flight Rules operations. The pilot had about 3,621 flight hours.
On August 23, 1984 at about 8:51 pm a Cessna 320C (tail number N7AE) departed from Monterey under Special Visual Flight Rules with a 58-year-old pilot and four passengers. At about 8:55 pm Air Traffic Control advised N7AE to turn left to avoid rising terrain. The Cessna was unable to avoid the terrain, crashed, and caught fire; all aboard died. The investigation revealed that the pilot made poor decisions and did not follow instructions from Air Traffic Control. The pilot had about 2,041 hours of flight experience.
On July 27, 1985 a Piper PA-28-235 (tail number N15548) took off from Monterey to practice holding patterns over Monterey Bay. About twelve minutes into the flight, the 60-year-old pilot radioed Air Traffic Control, "Mayday, rough engine." The Piper disappeared from Air Traffic Control's radar at about 1300 feet. Later the United States Coast Guard discovered pieces of the Piper in the ocean. The investigation revealed that the pilot used improper procedures. The pilot had about 1,923 hours of flight experience.
On July 24, 1987 a Piper PA-32R-301T (tail number N82793) was cleared for an Instrument Landing System approach when the 39-year-old pilot decided to conduct a go around procedure. About thirty seconds after initiating the procedure, the pilot radioed Air Traffic Control, "Seven niner three, in trouble." Sixteen seconds later another transmission is broadcast, "I have, I have an emergency back here." The Piper was seen making a 400-foot descent below assigned altitude and disappeared into Monterey Bay. A boater who witnessed the collision reported seeing the Piper "dive out" of a cloud and colliding with the water. The investigation revealed that the pilot experienced spatial disorientation and lacked instrument flying time. The pilot had about 528 hours of flight experience.
On September 8, 1987, at about 5:50 pm, a Beechcraft 95 (tail number N845B), being flown by a 31-year-old student pilot, was conducting multi-engine training at Monterey. The pilot started practicing Instrument Landing System approaches. During an approach for a landing, the Beechcraft crashed into the ground. The investigation revealed that there was inadequate supervision during the training exercise. The pilot and student pilot were killed.
On June 24, 1992 a Cessna 421B (tail number N628RJ), the 40-year-old pilot and two passengers took off from Monterey. About three minutes after takeoff the Cessna collided with a hill about three miles east of the airport. The investigation revealed that ground fog and overconfidence in the pilot caused the accident. All three were killed. The pilot had about 75 hours of flight experience.
On August 7, 1997 at about 8:00 pm a Grumman American AA-5 (tail number N6086L) took off from Monterey. The Grumman was later found 18 miles south of the airport. It had crashed into the mountains which caused the Grumman to catch fire. The 31-year-old pilot had about 4,000 hours of flight experience.
On October 12, 1997 at about 5:28 pm a Rutan Long-EZ (tail number N555JD) being flown by John Denver crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California. After taking off from Monterey the Long-EZ started its climb then descended into bay. The investigation revealed that the collision was caused by the fuel valve selector being in an improper position. Inadequate flight planning also contributed to the collision. John Denver had about 2,750 hours of flight experience.
- Monterey Peninsula Airport: History
- A Special Presentation to the Regional Airport Planning Committee, June 27, 2008
- Shettle, Jr., M. L. "Historic California Posts: Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Monterey". California State Military Museum. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- NTSB Accident Report 2-0418 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=80392&key=0
- NTSB Accident Report 3-4361 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=11338&key=0
- NTSB Accident Report 3-3038 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=34889&key=0
- NTSB Accident Report LAX84FA453 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX84FA453&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX84FA453&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report LAX85LA321 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX85LA321&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX85LA321&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX87FA281&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX87FA281&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report LAX87FA331 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX87FA331&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX87FA331&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report LAX92FA260 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX92FA260&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX92FA260&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report LAX97LA275 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX97LA275&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX97LA275&rpt=fa
- NTSB Accident Report LAX98FA008 http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX98FA008&rpt=fi and http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX98FA008&rpt=fa
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
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