Victoria Regional Airport
|Victoria Regional Airport|
|USGS 1996 orthophoto|
|IATA: VCT – ICAO: KVCT – FAA LID: VCT|
|Owner||County of Victoria|
|Elevation AMSL||115 ft / 35 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Victoria Regional Airport (IATA: VCT, ICAO: KVCT, FAA LID: VCT) is a county owned, public use airport located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) northeast of the central business district of Victoria, a city in Victoria County, Texas, United States. It is mostly used for military and general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,138 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2007, 8,415 enplanements in 2008, 5,625 in 2009, and 5,038 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 (between 2,500 and 10,000 per year).
World War II
Foster Field began as a United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) facility that was established in 1941 as an advanced single-engine flying school for fighter pilots. Originally known as Victoria Field, it was renamed in 1942 in memory of 1st Lt Arthur L. Foster, a United States Army Air Corps instructor killed in a crash at Brooks Field in 1925. Foster's son received his training and commission at the base in the spring of 1942.
After World War II, Foster Field was deactivated and the site was returned to its private owners, the Buhler and Braman estates. It was later reactivated as an Air Force base from 1951-1958, during which time it operated F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre aircraft and served as Headquarters for 19th Air Force (19 AF). The base closed in December 1958 and formally inactivated in January 1959.
Post military use
The local economy suffered greatly from the closure of Foster AFB. In the summer of 1960, the General Services Administration approved the exchange of Aloe Field for Foster Field, and Victoria County Airport was moved to the latter site. The growth of the county airport slowly replaced the loss of Foster AFB as numerous businesses located there.
Two of the largest businesses to locate at Victoria County Airport were the Devereux Foundation, a therapeutic-education center, and Gary Aircraft, which repaired surplus C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) aircraft in 1968. In 1976 Foster became the site of Victoria Regional Airport, which provides passenger service and connections with major carriers.
Facilities and aircraft
Victoria Regional Airport covers an area of 1,766 acres (715 ha) at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m) above mean sea level. It has four runways: 12L/30R is 9,111 by 150 feet (2,777 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 12R/30L is 4,643 by 150 feet (1,415 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 17/35 is 4,908 by 75 feet (1,496 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface; 6/24 is 4,200 by 75 feet (1,280 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface. It also has one helipad designated H1 which measures 60 by 60 feet.
For the 12-month period ending May 30, 2009, the airport had 45,627 aircraft operations, an average of 125 per day: 64% military, 30% general aviation, 3% scheduled commercial, and 3% air taxi. At that time there were 39 aircraft based at this airport: 80% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 3% jet, and 3% helicopter.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Sun Air International||Houston-Intercontinental|
- FAA Airport Master Record for VCT ( 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-2005-20454) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-5-2 (May 9, 2005): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a Continental Connection, to provide essential air service at Victoria, Texas, for a two-year period at a subsidy rate of $510,185 annually.
- Order 2007-4-8 (April 6, 2007): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a Continental Connection, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Victoria consisting of 12 weekly nonstop round trips to Houston with 34-seat Saab 340B turboprop aircraft for an annual subsidy of $610,049.
- Order 2009-6-10 (June 11, 2009): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a Continental Connection, to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Victoria, TX, for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2009, at the annual subsidy rate of $1,593,922.
- Order 2011-5-7 (May 5, 2011): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as Continental Connection, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Victoria, Texas, using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2013 for an annual subsidy of $1,856,692.
- Ninety-Day Notice (March 8, 2012): from Colgan Airlines, Inc. of termination of Essential Air Service at Victoria, Texas
- 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. We are 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.
- Victoria Regional Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of January 1996 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 26, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for VCT, effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this airport: