Riverside Municipal Airport
|Riverside Municipal Airport|
|IATA: RAL – ICAO: KRAL – FAA LID: RAL|
|Operator||City of Riverside|
|Elevation AMSL||818 ft / 249 m|
Riverside Municipal Airport (Riverside Arlington Airport, decades ago) (IATA: RAL, ICAO: KRAL, FAA LID: RAL), is a public airport four miles (6 km) southwest of downtown Riverside, the county seat of Riverside County, California.
Runway 9/27 was paved about 1956 and Bonanza Air Lines appeared soon after. Until 1969 it and successor Air West flew DC-3s and Fairchild F-27s to LAX, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and beyond. Golden West Airlines served Riverside during the 1970s with nonstop and direct de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters to LAX.
Riverside Municipal Airport has been home to Civil Air Patrol Squadron 5 since 2005.
"FedEx Express donated a Boeing 727-200F to California Baptist University for its new aviation science program. The aircraft will be on permanent display at the airport and will provide a working laboratory for aviation science students." The aircraft, N266FE (cn 21672/1538), is a Boeing 727-233/Adv(F). A video of its arrival on January 10, 2013 can be found here.
- Runway 9/27: 5,400 x 100 ft. (1,646 x 30 m) Asphalt
- Runway 16/34: 2,850 x 48 ft. (869 x 15 m) Asphalt
- Helipad H1: 60 x 60 ft. (18 x 18 m) Asphalt
Should there be plans to expand, the Airport's Master Plan supports lengthening runway 9/27 to 6,153 feet (1,875 m). Runway 27 has a Visual Approach Slope Indicator.
- FAA Airport Master Record for RAL ( PDF)
- Western Air Express (official site)
- "FedEx donates Boeing 727 to CBU Aviation Science program". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- Riverside Municipal Airport (official City of Riverside web site)
- Riverside Airshow
- Civil Air Patrol, Senior Squadron 5
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: