Tallahassee Regional Airport
|Tallahassee Regional Airport|
|IATA: TLH – ICAO: KTLH – FAA LID: TLH
|Owner||City of Tallahassee|
|Elevation AMSL||81 ft / 25 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Tallahassee Regional Airport (IATA: TLH, ICAO: KTLH, FAA LID: TLH) is a city-owned public-use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) southwest of the central business district of Tallahassee, a city in Leon County, Florida, United States; Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida.
The airport began operation as Tallahassee Municipal Airport, with a dedication ceremony on April 23, 1961. The flag of the United States was presented to the City of Tallahassee by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I fighter ace and Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines. An aerial demonstration was performed by U.S. Army aircraft from Fort Rucker, Alabama. Tallahassee Municipal replaced Dale Mabry Field which closed that same year.
Eastern Airlines inaugurated the opening of the airport by ferrying city, state and chamber of commerce officials. Aboard the flight were: Tallahassee Mayor Joe Cordell, State Comptroller Ray Green, Tallahassee City Commissioners Davis Atkinson, George Taff, Hugh Williams, Tallahassee City Manager Arvah Hopkins, Tallahassee City Clerk-Auditor George White, Airport Manager Flagg Chittenden, and Ernest Menendez, Frank Deller, James Calhoun, John Ward and Jeff Lewis, all of the Tallahassee/Leon County Chamber of Commerce.
Standing from left to right: James Messer, Jr., Edward Hill, John A. Rudd, George C. White, and Arvah B. Hopkins.
During the 1960s, 70s and early 1980s, the airport's primary runway was Runway 18/36, a 6076 foot runway with an FAA certified ILS approach, enabling all weather approaches by airliners and civilian aircraft, and a USAF certified High TACAN approach for practice use by Air Force aircraft at nearby Tyndall AFB. An additional runway, Runway 9/27, was 4000 feet and length and supported general aviation operations. By the 1970s, the airport had regular scheduled commercial service from Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, National Airlines and Southern Airways, primarily using Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft.
By the 1980s, the existing terminal was becoming increasingly obsolete and the 6100 foot main runway was considered less than optimal for the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 coming into service. The existing Runway 9/27 was converted to taxiway and a new Runway 9/27 that was 8000 feet in length and equipped with ILS was constructed immediately to the south. Concurrently, a new passenger terminal was constructed just north of the new runway. On December 3, 1989, the city opened the existing $33 million, airline passenger terminal, and on February 20, 2000, the passenger terminal was officially renamed the Ivan Munroe Terminal in honor of Tallahassee aviation pioneer Ivan Munroe. Munroe was the first man in Tallahassee to own a plane.
On July 20, 2002, A FedEx Boeing 727 crashed a half mile short of the runway 9 while attempting to land. The NTSB determined that the crash was due to a combination of pilot fatigue and pilot error.
Facilities and aircraft
Tallahassee Regional Airport covers an area of 2,490 acres (1,010 ha) at an elevation of 81 feet (25 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 9/27 measuring 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 by 46 m) and 18/36 measuring 6,076 by 150 ft. (1,852 by 46 m). Helicopter operations are generally confined to the Runway 18/36 area, or direct approaches to the Eagle FBO ramp area.
For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2007, the airport had 100,420 aircraft operations, an average of 275 per day: 51% general aviation, 29% air taxi, 15% military and 4% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 136 aircraft based at this airport: 76% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 2% jet and 7% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
The Tallahassee Regional Airport terminal consists of two concourses (A and B).
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami||A|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||B|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale (resumes March 2, 2014)||B|
|Silver Airways||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa||A|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte, Washington-National||A|
- Tallahassee Regional Airport, official site
- http://www.flyintallahassee.com/ Flight Instruction in TLH
- Eagle Aircraft
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TLH, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: