Olympia Regional Airport
|Olympia Regional Airport
Olympia Army Airfield
|IATA: OLM – ICAO: KOLM – FAA LID: OLM|
|Owner||Port of Olympia|
|Elevation AMSL||209 ft / 64 m|
Olympia Regional Airport (IATA: OLM, ICAO: KOLM, FAA LID: OLM) is a public use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) south of the central business district of Olympia, a city in Thurston County and the capital of the U.S. state of Washington. Formerly known as Olympia Airport, it is owned by the Port of Olympia. It is about one mile (1.6 km) east of Interstate 5, actually within the boundaries of the city of Tumwater which is south of and adjacent to Olympia. The airport was identified in the Washington State Department of Transportation Long Term Aviation Study as a field that could potentially serve to relieve Seattle-Tacoma International Airport of increasing congestion.
Olympic Flight Museum is located at the Olympia Airport, and Airlift Northwest, the region's air medical transport service uses the airport as one of its medical helicopter bases. The flight museum and the airport play host to a moderate sized air show each June.
The airport served as a satellite of nearby McChord Field (now AFB) during World War II, and commercial aviation history at the Olympia Airport extends to the 1920s. The airport now supports large corporate jets, cargo aircraft, military helicopters and has a back-up runway lighting system for uninterrupted operations. Olympia Airport also has an Instrument Landing System and backup power system for operations during bad weather or low visibility.
An FAA funded $15 million improvement project to make the airport a safer facility was completed in September, 2008, focusing on runway line-of-sight improvements and enhanced signage. In the late 1990s, the airport's runway protection zone was extended with the purchase of $5.5 million worth of land on each end of the primary runway and an above ground fuel facility was constructed.
Facilities and aircraft
Olympia Regional Airport covers an area of 1,632 acres (660 ha) at an elevation of 209 feet (64 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 17/35 is 5,501 by 150 feet (1,677 x 46 m) and 8/26 is 4,157 by 150 feet (1,267 x 46 m). The airport has a passenger terminal, an air traffic control tower and a full-instrument landing approach system.
The field is home to flight instruction, both fixed wing and helicopter, major oxygen and aircraft maintenance facilities, the Washington State Patrol aviation division, and a key navigational aid (Olympia VOR) for commercial flights inbound to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and general aviation aircraft in the region.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 47,787 aircraft operations, an average of 131 per day: 94% general aviation, 4% air taxi, and 3% military. At that time there were 117 aircraft based at this airport: 99 single-engines, 12 multi-engines, 6 jets and 19 helicopters.
- FAA Airport Master Record for OLM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective July 29, 2010.
- Olympia Regional Airport. Washington State DOT. Accessed August 17, 2010.
- Olympia Regional Airport. Port of Olympia. Accessed August 17, 2010.
- Olympia Regional Airport at Port of Olympia web site
- (PDF), effective December 11, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OLM, effective December 11, 2014
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