West Houston Airport

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West Houston Airport
Airport type Public use
Owner West Houston Airport Corp.
Serves Houston, Texas
Elevation AMSL 111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250Coordinates: 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250
Website WestHoustonAirport.com
IWS is located in Texas
Location of airport in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 3,953 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 103,000
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

West Houston Airport (IATA: IWSICAO: KIWSFAA LID: IWS) is a privately owned, public use use airport in Harris County, Texas, United States.[1] It is located 13 nautical miles (15 mi, 24 km) west of Downtown Houston,[1] in an unincorporated area of the county, immediately west of the Houston city limits.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.[2] Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Houston is the airport's designated ARTCC.[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

West Houston Airport owned and operated by Gary Gandy covers an area of 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 111 feet (34 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,953 by 75 feet (1,205 x 23 m).[1][4]

For the 12-month period ending June 5, 2011, the airport had 103,000 aircraft operations, an average of 282 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi.[1]

Landing at the airport is free, except for helicopters, where the fee is waived if the customer buys gasoline.


West Houston Airport offers a variety of services, including a VIP lounge with free Wi-Fi, hangars, and airplane covers. The airport is also a certified flight school by the FAA.


On January 3, 2012, a pilot flying a 1985 Cessna 172P with a 180 HP engine from West Houston Airport to Lone Star Executive Airport reported losing power to her aircraft. She made an emergency landing in a city street in Conroe.[5] The Daily Mail said that the pilot "has been commended after completing the landing". The plane was totaled however and rests at Lone Star Executive airport."[6][7]




  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for IWS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Airport Information]". West Houston Airport. 
  4. ^ West Houston Airport, 4000' x 75' Paved w/Parallel Taxiways
  5. ^ Swanson, Dan (January 5, 2012). "Texas Wing pilot makes emergency landing on a city street". Nebraska City News-Press. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Reilly, Jill. "Miracle as 22-year-old rookie female pilot dodges cars to makes emergency landing on busy downtown street." The Daily Mail. January 6, 2012. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ the aircraft a 1985 Cessna 172 P was destroyed

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