Ventura County Army Airfield
|IATA: OXR – ICAO: KOXR – FAA LID: OXR|
|Owner||County of Ventura|
|Elevation AMSL||45 ft / 14 m|
FAA airport diagram
Oxnard Airport (IATA: OXR, ICAO: KOXR, FAA LID: OXR) is a county owned, public airport a mile west of downtown Oxnard, in Ventura County, California. The airport has not had scheduled passenger service since June 8, 2010, when United Express (operated via a code sharing agreement with United Airlines by SkyWest Airlines) ended flights to Los Angeles International Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 15,961 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 12,060 in 2009 and 4,074 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it 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 built a large hangar. In 1939 James McLean opened the Oxnard Flying School with a Piper J-3 Cub and a Kinner 2-seat airplane. Housing was built nearby for instructors and students at the school.
In late 1941, 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 regained control of the airport in 1948, receiving a final quitclaim deed. The state of California issued the airport an operating permit in 1949.
Past airline service
Scheduled airline flights started in 1946 on Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3s on a multistop route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Southwest then changed its name to Pacific Air Lines which added Martin 4-0-4 propliners followed by Fairchild F-27 turboprops. In 1968 Pacific merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which then became Hughes Airwest which in turn continued to serve Oxnard with F-27s until replaced by Golden West Airlines and other commuter airlines in 1973-74. Golden West primarily served the airport with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and Short 330 turboprops with service to Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and Santa Barbara (SBA). Other airlines included Wings West operating Beech 99 turboprops with service to Los Angeles and Desert Pacific Airlines operating Piper prop aircraft with nonstops to San Francisco (SFO), Sacramento (SMF) and Las Vegas (LAS). Oxnard never had scheduled jet flights; however, it did have Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop flights operated by United Express nonstop to San Francisco (SFO) in the 1990s. Most flights from Oxnard were operated to LAX with additional service to Santa Barbara, Santa Maria (SMX) and other destinations in California. in 1985, Evergreen Airspur, a division of Evergreen International Airlines, was operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprops to LAX. By the late 1980s into the mid 1990s, two airlines were competing on the Oxnard-LAX route: American Eagle operated by Wings West flying Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprops and United Express operated by West Air flying British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 turboprops. The United Express service would later be taken over by SkyWest Airlines operating Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft before this air carrier ceased all service into Oxnard thus marking the end of scheduled passenger air service at the airport.
Facilities and aircraft
In 2010 the airport had 55,323 aircraft operations, average 151 per day: 92% general aviation, 8% air taxi, and <1% military. 157 aircraft were then 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.
- Historic Resources Report, 1600 W. Fifth Street, Oxnard, CA (Mira Loma Apartments) San Buenaventura Research Associates, Santa Paula, California 18 February 2008
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG) edition
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 and July 1, 1983 Official Airline Guide (OAG) editions.
- http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 1, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG) edition
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989; Oct. 1, 1991; April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG) editions
- 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 January 8, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OXR, effective January 8, 2015
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