Rialto Municipal Airport
|Rialto Municipal Airport
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: L67|
|Operator||City of Rialto|
|Elevation AMSL||1,455 ft / 443 m|
|expected closure by 2014|
Rialto Municipal Airport (FAA LID: L67), originally called Miro Field, is a general aviation airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of the city of Rialto, in San Bernardino County, California, USA.
It is used exclusively by privately operated and chartered aircraft; no commercial airlines fly into this airport. The airport is located approximately eleven nautical miles northeast of Ontario International Airport and nine nautical miles west of San Bernardino International Airport. The airport does not have a control tower and, on average, handles 82 operations a day.
An FBO with a flight school and a separate helicopter flight school operate at the airport. There are several aviation related businesses on site. Warbirds West Air Museum, is relocating its warbird collection to the big hangar at the center of the field. The airport cafe is attached to the WWAM hangar and is open 10-3pm Mon- Sat. There is an air ambulance business in the southeast part of the airport.
Despite its above average size compared to other nearby airfields (Upland Cable Airport, Corona Municipal Airport, El Monte Municipal Airport, Redlands Municipal Airport and Hemet-Ryan Airport), Rialto is a relatively quiet and somewhat uneventful airport. This has led the city of Rialto to approve the closing of the airport by 2009/2010 for redevelopment of the property for other purposes driven by local real estate developers. As of May 2012, the airport is still in operation, with redevelopment on hold pending economic recovery.-- update rialto airport is expected to be closed by december 2014
The land which is now Rialto Airport, about 40 acres (16 ha), was first purchased by Sam Miro in 1944. In 1966 the City of Rialto obtained the property while bringing the total land area to 60 acres (24 ha).
In 1978 Art Scholl Aviation, founded by Art Scholl, relocated to Rialto Airport from nearby Flabob Airport in Riverside, California.
Since 1984 the City of Rialto has accepted more than US$15 million in federal aid for airport improvement and land purchases.
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