New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport

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New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport
Jack Bolt Field
NSBMunicipalAirportMap.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: KEVBFAA LID: EVB
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of New Smyrna Beach
Serves New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 29°03′20″N 080°56′56″W / 29.05556°N 80.94889°W / 29.05556; -80.94889Coordinates: 29°03′20″N 080°56′56″W / 29.05556°N 80.94889°W / 29.05556; -80.94889
Website www.cityofnsb.com/...
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
7/25 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
11/29 4,319 1,316 Asphalt
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations 140,554
Based aircraft 159
Source: FAA,[1] airport website[2]

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (ICAO: KEVBFAA LID: EVB), also known as Jack Bolt Field,[2] is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of New Smyrna Beach, a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of New Smyrna Beach.[1] The fixed base operator on field, Epic Aviation, offers flight training.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, New Smyrna Beach Municipal is assigned EVB by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to World War II, the present airport site was home to both a golf course and a grass airstrip. In 1942, the site was taken over by the U.S. Navy and the present paved runway complex constructed. Designated as Navy Outlying Field New Smyrna Beach, it operated as an auxiliary field to advanced naval flight training operations being conducted at nearby Naval Air Station Daytona Beach, NAS Sanford and NAS DeLand. In 1947, NOLF New Smyrna Beach was decommissioned and the facility conveyed back to the City of New Smryna Beach for use as a civilian airport.

As a Navy airfield, the facility originally incorporated four intersecting asphalt runways. Although all paved areas remain, only three of the runways remain operational today.[4] Prior to 2004, the airport was an uncontrolled facility. In October 2004, a Level I contract control at the airport became operational, changing the airport's status to that of a controlled field. Today the airport serves the needs of charter airlines and general aviation activities, to include flight training and corporate air travel.

In 2006, the City of New Smyrna Beach added the additional name to the airport of Jack Bolt Field in honor of the late Naval Aviator, LtCol John "Jack" Bolt, USMC (Ret). A former New Smyrna Beach resident, LtCol Bolt was both an aerial ace and a recipient of the Navy Cross.[5][6] While flying the F4U Corsair with VMF-214, LtCol Bolt shot down six Japanese Zero fighters during World War II. During the Korean War, while on an exchange assignment with the U.S. Air Force's 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron flying the F-86 Sabrejet, LtCol Bolt also shot down six North Korean MiG-15 jet fighters. A military aircraft propeller and a plaque commemorating LtCol Bolt's accomplishments was erected at the airport in 2006.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport covers an area of 769 acres (311 ha) which contains three asphalt paved runways:[1][2]

  • Runway 2/20: 4,003 x 100 ft (1,220 x 30 m)
  • Runway 7/25: 5,000 x 75 ft (1,524 x 23 m), Lighted without PAPI
  • Runway 11/29: 4,300 x 100 ft (1,310 x 30 m), Lighted with PAPI

For the 12-month period ending May 7, 2002, the airport had 140,554 aircraft operations, an average of 385 per day: 99.6% general aviation, 0.3% air taxi and <0.1% military. There are 159 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single-engine, 13% multi-engine and 2% helicopter.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On August 1, 1980, a Douglas R4D, civilian registration number N45864, crashed at New Smyrna Beach, Florida shortly after take-off on a ferry flight to Queen Beatrix International Airport, Aruba. The unqualified pilot had been drinking.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for EVB (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ a b c New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport at city website
  3. ^ Great Circle Mapper: KEVB - New Smyrna Beach, Florida (New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport)
  4. ^ http://www.cfaspp.com/FASP/AirportPDFs/newsmyrnabeachmuniapril2005.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.myhometownnews.net/index.php?id=3586
  6. ^ http://jackboltfield.com/
  7. ^ "N45864 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 

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