Vidalia Regional Airport
|Vidalia Regional Airport
Vidalia-Lyons Army Airfield
|2006 USGS airphoto|
|IATA: VDI – ICAO: KVDI – FAA LID: VDI|
|Owner||City of Vidalia|
|Elevation AMSL||275 ft / 84 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Vidalia Regional Airport (IATA: VDI, ICAO: KVDI, FAA LID: VDI) is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southeast of the central business district of the city Vidalia, in Toombs County, Georgia, United States.
Facilities and aircraft
Vidalia Regional Airport covers an area of 1,245 acres (504 ha) at an elevation of 275 feet (84 m) above mean sea level. It has two concrete paved runways: 6/24 measuring 6,003 by 100 feet (1,830 x 30 m) and 13/31 measuring 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending April 2, 2007, the airport had 17,000 aircraft operations, an average of 46 per day: 94% general aviation and 6% military. At that time there were 21 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single-engine, 10% multi-engine and 5% helicopter.
The airfield was opened to the public on 12 August 1940. In May 1943, during World War II, the airport was requisitioned by the United States Army Air Forces, and was known as Vidalia-Lyons Army Airfield. Also known as Turner AAF Auxiliary Airfield No. 8, the airfield supported the elementary & advanced training in two-engine aircraft being conducted at Turner AAF.
The airfield inactivated on 28 December 1944, and was declared surplus in 1946.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- Shettle, M. L. (2005), Georgia's Army Airfields of World War II. ISBN 0-9643388-3-1
- FAA Terminal Procedures for VDI, effective June 26, 2014
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