|Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County|
|Aerial view of airport from the east|
|Reid-Hillview Airport diagram|
|IATA: RHV – ICAO: KRHV – FAA LID: RHV|
|Owner||Santa Clara County, California|
|Location||San Jose, California|
|Elevation AMSL||133 ft / 40.5 m|
Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (IATA: RHV, ICAO: KRHV, FAA LID: RHV) is located in the eastern part of San Jose, south of San Francisco Bay, in Santa Clara County, California, USA. The airport is owned by Santa Clara County and is located near the Evergreen district of San Jose where aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery experimented with gliders in 1911.
Reid-Hillview is a general aviation airport; there is no scheduled airline service. However, as with most general aviation airports air charter operations are available. The airport has a control tower that operates 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The FAA classifies Reid-Hillview as a reliever airport for San Jose International Airport, providing public access via general aviation to the San Jose area while separating the faster and slower traffic to different airports.
Groundbreaking for Reid-Hillview airport came in 1937. Bob and Cecil Reid first built the Garden City Airport in 1935, which was quickly closed to make room for U.S. Route 101. Their second site was northwest of the Hillview golf course, hence the name. Until 1946, the single runway at the airport was unpaved.
Reid-Hillview was a single runway airport until 1965, when a second runway was added. The control tower was added in October 1967.
The airport became the origin for an emergency supply airlift to the Watsonville Municipal Airport following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, after mountain and coastal roads were blocked, cutting off Santa Cruz and Watsonville from relief efforts by ground. The Watsonville Airport estimates that it received 100 tons of supplies via the airlift during the week following the quake. John McAvoy and Bill Dunn of the Reid-Hillview Airport Association received the 1990 Grand Award from the Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission for organizing the airlift.
In 2010, San Jose State University's Aviation program relocated to Reid-Hillview. The University operates out of the Swift Building, where it holds classes during the academic year.
Fixed base operators
At Reid-Hillview, fixed base operators (FBOs) compete for fuel sales, aircraft rentals and/or flight training.
- Air Accord
- AeroDynamic Aviation, formerly Amelia Reid Aviation
- Nice Air Aviation
- Squadron 2 Flying Club
- Trade Winds Aviation
- Victory Aero Maintenance
- Aerial Avionics
- San Jose Fuel Company
Capitol Expressway (County Route G21) is at the entrance to the airport at Cunningham Ave.
Taxis are not located on-field. They may be dispatched by phone to the terminal building.
Enterprise RHV Office phone: 408-937-4988; 24Hr Phone: 1-800-261-7331; Open 9-5 Mon-Fri, 9-12 Sat, Sun closed
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has its Eastridge Transit Center across Tully Road at Eastridge Mall, about 1/2 mile walk southbound along Capitol Expressway. For transit options, see a Google Transit search starting from Reid-Hillview Airport.
VTA has future plans for a bus rapid transit line from the Diridon train station in downtown San Jose to the Eastridge Transit Center. Further distant future plans with less certain funding include a light rail extension from the Alum Rock station to Eastridge. In both cases, the segment along Capitol Expressway would serve Reid-Hillview.
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- Alum Rock Airport, historical airport nearby in Alum Rock from 1919 to approximately 1936
- Amelia Reid
- "Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
- "National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Reports". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- "A Brief History of Reid-Hillview Airport". Nice Air Aviation. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- "Watsonville's Airports: Past - Present - Future". Watsonville Airport. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- "MTC Awards: Grand Award". Metropolitan Transportation Commission. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- "Reid-Hillview Airport" (PDF). Santa Clara County Airports Department. 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- Reid-Hillview Airport (official site)
- The Airport Shoppe - On-field pilot supplies
- Reid-Hillview Airport Association
- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 62 - Local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association
- Santa Clara Valley Chapter of Ninety-Nines - Local chapter of the Ninety-Nines International organization for women pilots
- Civil Air Patrol Squadrons based at RHV: search & rescue, aerospace education
- Take Flight for Kids - A charity that gives rides to disabled children in private aircraft
- live webcam at AeroDynamic Aviation
- GaryAir - Air taxi service
- Photos and video
- Approval Of Noise Compatibility Program for Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA at Environmental Protection Agency
- FAA Airport Master Record for RHV ( PDF)
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: