Venango Regional Airport
|Venango Regional Airport
Chess Lamberton Field
|IATA: FKL – ICAO: KFKL – FAA LID: FKL|
|Elevation AMSL||1,540 ft / 469 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Venango Regional Airport (IATA: FKL, ICAO: KFKL, FAA LID: FKL), also known as Chess Lamberton Field, is a public use airport in western Pennsylvania, two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Franklin and about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Oil City. Both cities are located in Venango County, which operates the airport. The airport offers limited commercial service, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,512 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2007, 681 in enplanements 2008 1,583 in 2009, and 1,380 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
Aviation in Franklin area originated in 1929 when two local businessmen, Wayne W. Bleakley and Joseph McElhinney, Jr. became interested in aviation and went on to construct the first airport in what was then Sugarcreek Township. The airport was supported by local businessmen who formed a corporation some time later, under their stewardship the airport continued in existence until its abandonment in 1938. Thereafter, local aviators flew from the Splane Memorial Airport in Oil City from 1941 until 1950.
The construction of Chess Lamberton Airport as it was originally known, commenced in 1950. The airport was named after the grandson of the honourable Judge Robert Lamberton of Franklin, Pa., founder of the first bank in Venango County and later reformed as The Lamberton Savings Bank in 1887.
Facilities and aircraft
Venango Regional Airport covers an area of 420 acres (170 ha) at an elevation of 1,540 feet (469 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 3/21 is 5,200 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 3,698 by 100 feet (1,127 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 14,697 aircraft operations, an average of 40 per day: 83% general aviation and 17% air taxi. At that time there were 50 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 2% multi-engine, 4% jet, 4% helicopter, and 6% ultralight.
Airline and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|United Express operated by Silver Airways||Cleveland, DuBois (PA)|
- FAA Airport Master Record for FKL ( 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.
- Venago County Pennsylvania Genealogy
- "Interested in saving some old buildings" The News Herald Franklin & Oil City, Pennsylvania. Edition January 9, 1976.
- The Lamberton National Bank
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2523) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2003-5-24 (May 22, 2003): establishes a final rate for the essential air service operated by Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express at Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, for the period from October 1, 2001, through December 31, 2002; tentatively reselects Air Midwest at the community for the two-year period beginning January 1, 2003, but reducing the level of subsidized service from 24 to 18 round trips a week no later than 60 days after the service date of this order
- Order 2005-4-5 (April 6, 2005): selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest to provide essential air service at Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, consisting of two round trips each weekday and each weekend to Pittsburgh with 19-passenger Fairchild Metro III/23 aircraft, for two years for an annual subsidy rate of $683,636. Also setting a subsidy rate of $969,136 on an annual basis, for Mesa/Air Midwest¿s provision of three-round-trip service at Franklin/Oil City from January 1, 2005, until the carrier inaugurates two-round-trip service, or 60 days from the date of service of this order, whichever occurs first.
- Order 2007-3-12 (March 14, 2007): re-selecting Air Midwest, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, at an annual subsidy rate of $741,346, for the two-year period of April 1, 2007, through March 31, 2009.
- Order 2007-7-21 (July 26, 2007): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg, West Virginia, and Athens, Georgia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $4,077,792 ($1,159,229 for DuBois, $763,741 for Franklin/Oil City, $1,329,477 for Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg, and $825,345 for Athens) for the two-year period beginning when Gulfstream inaugurates service through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
- Order 2008-5-3 (May 6, 2008): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, and Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg (Lewisburg), West Virginia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $5,577,594 ($2,020,095 for DuBois, $1,226,773 for Franklin/Oil City, and $2,330,725 for Lewisburg) for the two-year period beginning when Gulfstream inaugurates service through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
- Order 2010-9-12 (September 9, 2010): re-selecting Gulfstream International Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,870,657 ($1,087,306 for Bradford, $2,228,996 for DuBois, $915,101 for Oil City/Franklin, and $1,639,254 for Jamestown), from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.
- Venango Regional Airport, official site
- Venango Regional Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Aerial image as of April 1993 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for FKL, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: