San Carlos Airport
|San Carlos Airport|
|FAA airport diagram|
|IATA: SQL – ICAO: KSQL – FAA LID: SQL|
|Owner||San Mateo County|
|Serves||San Carlos, California|
|Elevation AMSL||5 ft / 2 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
San Carlos Airport (IATA: SQL, ICAO: KSQL, FAA LID: SQL) is a county-owned public use airport in San Mateo County, California, United States. It is located two nautical miles (3.7 km) northeast of the central business district of San Carlos, California. The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) classifies San Carlos as a reliever airport for San Francisco International Airport.
The San Carlos Airport was moved to its present location in 1950. Prior to that, the airport was located approximately one-half mile southwest of its current location at the site where a Best Buy is now located. This original San Carlos airport was opened by Frank S. Cooley prior to 1928.
Facilities and aircraft
San Carlos Airport covers an area of 110 acres (45 ha) at an elevation of 5 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 12/30 which measures 2,600 by 75 feet (792 x 23 m).
An attempt to lengthen the runway by 400 feet was quelled by neighbors in 1999. Aircraft with maximum gross weight in excess of 12,500 lb (5,670 kg) are prohibited from operating from San Carlos Airport.
The San Carlos Airport is home to over 30 aviation related businesses. Facilities and FBOs at KSQL include: Zanette Aviation Insurance, West Valley Flying Club, Bel-Air Aviation, Air West Aircraft Engines, Diamond Aviation, and the newly opened San Carlos Flight Center.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 155,273 aircraft operations, an average of 425 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 372 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, <1% jet and 3% helicopter.
Origin of SQL airport code
Given its proximity to the headquarters of the Oracle Corporation, a maker of database software, some have speculated that the airport code of SQL is a humorous reference to this large neighbor; in databases, SQL stands for Structured Query Language. It is just a coincidence, though one that many technically inclined residents of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley were sure to notice. The airport was given this code well before June 16, 1977, the date of incorporation of Software Development Laboratories which later became the Oracle corporation.
Experimental Aircraft Association
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has a local chapter at San Carlos Airport. EAA Chapter 20 has about 50 members as of 2010
1999 Proposed Runway Extension
In 1999, a proposal was given to extend the runway into the marsh before runway 30. The proposed extension to runway 30 caused trouble in Redwood Shores and Foster City, where critics complained the buzz from small planes shattered the peace. Despite promises by San Mateo County officials, opponents felt a longer runway would lead to bigger and noisier planes, in particular, more corporate aircraft.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SQL ( PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
- "San Carlos Airport". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Contact information for Diamond Aviation
- "Airport Growth Under Fire". San Jose Mercury News. January 4, 1999.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to San Carlos Airport.|
- San Carlos Airport page at San Mateo County Department of Public Works website
- San Carlos Airport Pilots Association
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SQL, effective November 14, 2013
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