Ventura County Army Airfield
|USGS 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: OXR – ICAO: KOXR – FAA LID: OXR|
|Owner||County of Ventura|
|Elevation AMSL||45 ft / 14 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Oxnard Airport (IATA: OXR, ICAO: KOXR, FAA LID: OXR) is a county owned, public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Oxnard, a city in Ventura County, California, United States. The airport is mostly used for general aviation and has not had scheduled passenger service since June 8, 2010, when United Express (operated by SkyWest) ended service from Oxnard to Los Angeles International Airport.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 15,961 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 12,060 enplanements in 2009, and 4,074 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 (over 10,000 per year).
Ventura County opened Oxnard Airport in 1934 by clearing a 3,500 ft dirt runway. In the 1930s, aviator Howard Hughes erected a tent at the airport to shelter his famous H-1 monoplane racer, which he tested from the dirt strip. In 1938, Ventura County paved the dirt runway and constructed a large hangar to attract more business. In 1939, James McLean opened the Oxnard Flying School with a Piper J-3 Cub and a Kinner 2-seat airplane. Housing was constructed nearby to accommodate instructors and students for the school.
In late 1941, war was declared. The airport was assigned to the U.S. Navy until the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu could be completed. The Navy moved to NAS Point Mugu in 1945 and the Oxnard Flying School returned to the airport. Ventura County officially regained control of the airport from the federal government in 1948 by receiving a final quitclaim deed. The state of California issued the airport an operating permit in 1949.
Scheduled airline passenger service was established in 1946 by Southwest Airways with Douglas DC-3 aircraft. Southwest Airways then changed its name to Pacific Air Lines which operated Martin 4-0-4 prop airliners into the airport which were then replaced with new Fairchild F-27 turboprop aircraft. Pacific Air Lines then merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which continued to serve Oxnard with Fairchild F-27 turboprops. Air West was then renamed Hughes Airwest which in turn eventually discontinued F-27 service to the airport. Golden West Airlines provided regional service through the 1970s, typically with de Havilland Twin Otters. Oxnard Airport has been the only airport in the Ventura County area to support continuous airline passenger service since World War II. However, the airfield currently does not have any scheduled passenger airline service.
The airport has also been previously served by American Eagle, America West Express, California Air Shuttle and most recently United Express operated by SkyWest which flew Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops into Oxnard. United Express ended service to Los Angeles (LAX) on June 8, 2010. At one point, United Express operated by SkyWest also flew nonstop to San Francisco (SFO) with the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop. Oxnard has never received scheduled passenger jet service with all past airline flights being operated by either propliners or turboprop aircraft.
Facilities and aircraft
Oxnard Airport covers an area of 216 acres (87 ha) at an elevation of 45 feet (14 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 7/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,953 by 100 feet (1,814 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 55,323 aircraft operations, an average of 151 per day: 92% general aviation, 8% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 157 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, and 5% helicopter.
- FAA Airport Master Record for OXR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "United Express plans to end service to Oxnard Airport". Los Angeles Times. March 16, 2010.
- "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.
- Oxnard Airport at Ventura County web site
- General Information for Airport Users
- Oxnard Airport Association
- Aspen Helicopters (also known as the Oxnard Jet Center) is a fixed base operator (FBO) located at the airport.
- Golden West Jet Centers: Oxnard is an Oxnard-based FBO
- Light Helicopter Depot: Oxnard is an Oxnard-based Robinson Helicopter Overhaul Facility
- Aerial image as of September 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OXR, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: