Sedona Airport

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Sedona Airport
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IATA: SDXICAO: KSEZFAA LID: SEZ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Yavapai County
Location Sedona, Arizona
Elevation AMSL 4,830 ft / 1,472 m
Coordinates 34°51′00″N 111°47′24″W / 34.85000°N 111.79000°W / 34.85000; -111.79000Coordinates: 34°51′00″N 111°47′24″W / 34.85000°N 111.79000°W / 34.85000; -111.79000
Website http://sedonaairport.org/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 5,129 1,563 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 50,000
Based aircraft 102
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Sedona Airport (IATA: SDXICAO: KSEZFAA LID: SEZ) is a small non-towered airport located two miles (3 km) southwest of the central business district of Sedona, a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The airport covers 220 acres (89 ha) and has one runway and one helipad.[1]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Sedona Airport is assigned SEZ by the FAA and SDX by the IATA[2] (which assigned SEZ to Seychelles International Airport in Mahé, Seychelles[3]).

Sedona is a very popular destination among Arizona tourists, especially with those who are interested in the New Age movement or those seeking to be close to nature. The airport is located on top of a high mesa overlooking a major portion of the city; it is not uncommon for tourists or locals driving around downtown Sedona to see an approaching airplane fly overhead and then suddenly disappear into the mountains without ever appearing to land. The airport is also located very close to the Red Rocks of Sedona.

History[edit]

Sedona Airport from the south, showing its location atop a mesa

The airport was inaugurated in 1955. At that time it had no paved runway, and animals such as coyotes could be seen walking around the air-strip. This proved dangerous to pilots arriving at Sedona. By 1960, a small, paved runway had been built, practically eliminating the animal problem.

By 1990, the airport's runway had been improved and it had begun to receive service from some small scheduled airlines. It was the hub of Air Sedona, which served it from such places as Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Las Vegas, the nearby Grand Canyon airport and others. Sedona's airport is not able to accommodate commercial jets of the size of the Boeing 727 or larger. It does, however, attract a large number of smaller business jets and aircraft such as Cessna and Beech airplanes and helicopters.

Scenic Airlines discontinued service at Sedona in April 1997.[4]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

Former two time Olympic distance runner Pat Porter, his 15 year old son Connor and a friend of his son, 14 year old Connor Mantsch, died when their airplane, a Beechcraft Duke piloted by Porter, crashed after takeoff from the airport, on Thursday, July 26, 2012.[5]

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