Santa Ynez Airport

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Santa Ynez Airport
Airport type Public
Serves County of Santa Barbara
Location Santa Ynez
Opened October 29, 1947 (1947-10-29)
Elevation AMSL 671 ft / 205 m
Coordinates 34°36′25″N 120°04′32″W / 34.60694°N 120.07556°W / 34.60694; -120.07556Coordinates: 34°36′25″N 120°04′32″W / 34.60694°N 120.07556°W / 34.60694; -120.07556
SQA is located in California Southern
Location in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 2,804 855 Asphalt

Santa Ynez Airport (IATA: SQAICAO: KIZAFAA LID: IZA) is a public airport located one mile (2 km) southeast of the central business district of Santa Ynez, in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The airport covers 125 acres (51 ha) and has one runway.[4]


The Santa Ynez Airport was started in 1946 when a group of men from the Santa Ynez Valley asked the board of supervisors to purchase 155 acres in the valley to start a flying club.[2] It wasn't until September 30th, 1949 that the State of California, Division of Aeronautics issued the first permit allowing for flight operations to commence.

As of 2014, the airport serves three main functions. Private aircraft owners use it as a hub for storing their plane as well as for refueling. Second, it boast one of the best gliding locations in Southern California.[5] Finally, it serves as the staging ground for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department helicopters.[6]


  1. ^ "Santa Ynez Airport Info". Santa Ynez Airport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Santa Ynez Airport History". Santa Ynez Airport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Santa Ynez Airport". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for IZA (Form 5010 PDF)
  5. ^ "Gliding". Santa Ynez Airport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Air Support Unit". SBC FD. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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