Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport

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Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport
Airport sign.jpg
IATA: RVSICAO: KRVSFAA LID: RVS
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Tulsa
Serves Tulsa, Oklahoma
Elevation AMSL 638 ft / 194 m
Coordinates 36°02′23″N 095°59′05″W / 36.03972°N 95.98472°W / 36.03972; -95.98472Coordinates: 36°02′23″N 095°59′05″W / 36.03972°N 95.98472°W / 36.03972; -95.98472
Website TulsaAirports.com/...
Map
RVS is located in Oklahoma
RVS
RVS
Location of airport in Oklahoma
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1L/19R 5,102 1,555 Asphalt
1R/19L 4,208 1,283 Asphalt
13/31 2,641 805 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 209,328
Based aircraft 270
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (IATA: RVS[2]ICAO: KRVSFAA LID: RVS) is a city owned, public use airport located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) south of the central business district of Tulsa, a city in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility and reliever airport[3] for Tulsa International Airport.

Jones Airport is one of the busiest in the United States. In 2005, it had 347,000 operations, enough to rank it fourth among general aviation (GA) airports and thirtieth among all airports, according to a 2007 FAA report. It also was the busiest in Oklahoma, outranking both Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International.[4]

History[edit]

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MD-80 landed at Jones Riverside airport (April 2011)

In the 1950s, the city of Tulsa decided to build a second airport to alleviate congestion around Tulsa International Airport. A consulting group hired by the city performed a site selection study. In February, 1955, the group recommended a site on the west side of the Arkansas River, just north of Jenks, Oklahoma. The proposed facility was called Riverside Airport. Construction began in 1957.The airport was renamed in 1978 for Richard Lloyd Jones, late publisher of the Tulsa Tribune.[5]

R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport (RVS) opened on July 3, 1958. At that time, the airport had one 4,000-foot (1,200 m) long runway, an aircraft ramp, and one concrete building. By 1965, there were enough operations to justify building an air traffic control tower. The number of take-offs and landings exceeded 300,000 in 1978. In 1989, the airport installed an instrument landing system (ILS).[6]

Throughout the past fifty years, the airport has grown to become a hub of business and economic activity for the Tulsa region. It now includes three runways, over two hundred commercial and private hangars, and over 500 based aircraft. In 2008, RVS was the fifth busiest general aviation airport in the country.[7] Much of the airport's activity comes directly from its seven flight schools. Including Tulsa Community College Professional Pilot School and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.[8] On 1 April 2011 an MD-80 donated by American Airlines was flown to the airport to replace the aging Boeing 727 then used for training Tulsa Technology Center students.[9][10][11]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport covers an area of 664 acres (269 ha) at an elevation of 638 feet (194 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with asphalt surfaces: 1L/19R is 5,102 by 100 feet (1,555 x 30 m); 1R/19L is 4,208 by 100 feet (1,283 x 30 m); 13/31 is 2,641 by 50 feet (805 x 15 m).[1] 120 acres (0.49 km2) are leased to the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners for the operation of South Lakes Golf Course.[12]

For the 12-month period ending November 30, 2010, the airport had 209,328 aircraft operations, an average of 573 per day: 99.5% general aviation and 0.5% air taxi. At that time there were 270 aircraft based at this airport: 80% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 7% jet, and 3% helicopter.[1]

Airport observation area[edit]

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The Airport Observation area from across the street.
Airport Observation Area
Type Observation Area
Location Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport
Coordinates 36°01′55″N 95°59′26″W / 36.031966°N 95.990488°W / 36.031966; -95.990488 (Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport Observation Area)
Area 0.6 acres (2,400 m2)
Created 2009 (2009)
Operated by Tulsa Airport Authority
Open All year
Website http://tulsaairports.com/index.cfm?id=83&tertFlag=6

In 2009 and again in 2010 the Tulsa Airport Authority held a fundraising golf tournament to create what they called "a first-class observation area" in an effort to discourage drivers from pulling over on 91st street directly adjacent to the airport to watch the aircraft landing. They initially built six parking spaces outside the fence on the southwest side of the airport. Since the two golf tournaments the Airport Authority has begun to sell brick pavers around the gazebo that will be built on the site and they have begun selling taxiway lights that have been removed and replaced by LED lights, and rewired as LED desk lamps. When complete the observation area will have a gazebo, security guard shack, and restroom. Currently an elevated viewing platform, enlarged airport diagram, and six picnic tables on concrete slabs have been completed and installed. Thus far all the work on the observation area has been completed by Tulsa Airport Authority employees except for the enlarged airport diagram which was completed as part of a Boy Scout Eagle project.[13]

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