Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
|Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport|
|IATA: SHD – ICAO: KSHD – FAA LID: SHD|
|Owner||Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Comm.|
|Serves||Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg|
|Location||Weyers Cave, Virginia|
|Elevation AMSL||1,201 ft / 366 m|
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (IATA: SHD, ICAO: KSHD, FAA LID: SHD) is a public airport located 10 nautical miles (12 mi, 19 km) northeast of the central business district of Staunton, a city in Augusta County, Virginia, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
The airport, situated in Weyers Cave, Virginia, is operated by the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission, which consists of members from the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, and the counties of Augusta and Rockingham.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 7,746 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 8,364 enplanements in 2009, and 10,408 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008/2009 (between 2,500 and 10,000 per year).
In June 2013, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport received criticism when an inmate of the Virginia Department of Corrections escaped from a work program based there. Airport Executive Director Greg Campbell defended the use of inmates as "cost effective". The inmate was subsequently recaptured in the Washington, D.C. area.
Facilities and aircraft
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport covers an area of 433 acres (175 ha) at an elevation of 1,201 feet (366 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,002 by 150 feet (1,829 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 18,223 aircraft operations, an average of 49 per day: 85% general aviation, 14% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 67 aircraft based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 8% jet, 5% helicopter, and 3% ultralight.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|Silver Airways||Beckley (WV), Washington–Dulles|
Silver Airways operating as United Express operates Saab 340B turboprop aircraft from the airport. Frontier Airlines operated Airbus A319 jetliners on their new nonstop service to Orlando, but service was discontinued in April 2013.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SHD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11378) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2003-1-14 (January 17, 2003): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Staunton, Virginia at a subsidy rates of $623,667 for the first year, with an extension for a second year subject to the mutual agreement of the carrier and the Department, and (b) establishing a subsidy rate of $514,211 annually for the hold-in service being operated ay Staunton by Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, from April 23, 2002, until Colgan begins service.
- Order 2004-2-8 (February 9, 2004): selects Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Staunton, Virginia, for an additional one-year period beginning May 1, 2004, at a subsidy rate of $615,578.
- Order 2005-1-2 (January 7, 2005): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a/ US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Staunton, Virginia, for the two-year period beginning May 1, 2005 and establishing final subsidy rate.
- Order 2007-1-17 (January 26, 2007): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Staunton, Virginia, for the two-year period beginning May 1, 2007, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,389,727.
- Order 2008-12-29 (December 30, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Staunton, Virginia, for the two-year period beginning May 1, 2009, at the annual subsidy rate of $1,911,466.
- Order 2011-3-2 (March 1, 2011): selecting Colgan Air, Inc. to provide essential air service (EAS) at Staunton, Virginia, for an annual subsidy of $2,180,461, for the two-year period from May 1, 2011, through April 30, 2013.
- Ninety-Day Notice (March 8, 2012): from Colgan Airlines, Inc. of termination of Essential Air Service at Staunton, Virginia.
- Order 2012-3-14 (March 23, 2012): prohibits Colgan Airlines, Inc. d/b/a United Airlines Express, from terminating service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA; Victoria, TX; Staunton, VA; and Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, and Morgantown, WV, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e. July 8, 2012. Also requesting proposals by April 25, 2012, from air carriers interested in providing replacement Essential Air Service (EAS) at Victoria, TX; and Staunton, VA, for a new term, with or without subsidy.
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport official website
- Aerial image as of March 1989 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SHD, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: