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 airport in San Mateo County, California. It is two miles northeast 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 moved to its present location in 1950. Prior to that, the airport was about a half mile southwest of its current location, where a Best Buy is now. This original San Carlos airport was opened by Frank S. Cooley prior to 1928.
A plan to lengthen the runway by 400 feet was quelled by neighbors in 1999. Aircraft with gross weight in excess of 12,500 lb (5,670 kg) are prohibited.
San Carlos Airport is home to over 30 aviation related businesses. Facilities and FBOs at KSQL include: Rabbit Aviation Services, Surf Air, Zanette Aviation Insurance, West Valley Flying Club, Bel-Air International, Air West Aircraft Engines, Diamond Aviation, and the newly opened San Carlos Flight Center.
In 2007 the airport had 155,273 aircraft operations, average 425 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi and <1% military. 372 aircraft were then 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. In fact the airport was SQL years before June 16, 1977, the date of incorporation of Software Development Laboratories which 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 proposal caused trouble in Redwood Shores and Foster City, where critics complained about noise. 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 March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SQL, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: