Yolo County Airport
|Yolo County Airport
Winters-Davis Flight Strip
|2006 USGS airphoto|
|IATA: none – ICAO: KDWA – FAA LID: DWA|
|Serves||Davis / Woodland / Winters, California|
|Elevation AMSL||100 ft / 30 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Yolo County Airport (ICAO: KDWA, FAA LID: DWA, formerly 2Q3) is a county-owned public-use airport located six miles (9.7 km) northeast of Winters, five miles (8 km) northwest of Davis and five miles (8 km) southwest of Woodland, all cities located in Yolo County, California, USA. The center of the runway is exactly 15sm, 20 degrees TC, from the freeway Y where I-505 heads due north and I-80 continues on to Sacramento on a TC of 45 degrees. Magnetic variation is 16E.
The airport is mostly used for general aviation; many flights are recreational or farm-related, with few commercial flights. The airport has an active skydiving community and is home to Skydance. The airport grounds are also home to the Yolo Sportsman Association. The YSA facility has pistol, shotgun, and rifle ranges as well as small fishable lakes. Solono Targetmasters  conducts training and competitions for IDPA, and USPSA Practical shooters. The YSA clubhouse has a kitchen, vending machines, bathrooms, and a hall with seating for over 100 persons. Expect loud reports from shotguns during daylight hours.
This area is extremely flat, floods, and is very prone to fog in winter months. Expect winds from the west of 10-25kts starting 2 hours before sundown, lasting for several hours from June through September. These winds are known locally as "The Delta Breeze" and will result in temperatures dropping by up to 50 degrees before dying completely by morning. Dust and smoke picked up by these winds can reduce visibility dramatically at times.
The airport was built by the United States Army Air Forces about 1941 with a 6000 by 150 foot (1830 by 45 meter) asphalt-concrete north-south runway, and was known as Winters-Davis Flight Strip. It was an emergency landing airfield for military aircraft on training flights and later used as an auxiliary training airfield for Mather Army Airfield, California. It was closed after World War II, and was turned over for local government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA).
Facilities and aircraft
Yolo County Airport, with the official Sectional Chart name of Davis/Woodland/Winters (KDWA), covers an area of 498 acres (201.5 ha) and has one runway at an elevation of 100 feet (30 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 16/34 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,000 by 100 feet (1,829 x 30 m).
- Obstructions - Rwy 16; NONE
- Obstructions - Rwy 34: 110 ft (34 m). trees, 3,500 ft (1,100 m). from runway, 30:1 slope to clear
- REIL lights: NO
- VSI: 2-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)
- Fuel 24 hours 100LL JET-A
- Parking: tiedowns
- Airframe service: MAJOR
- Powerplant service: MAJOR
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2002, the airport had 60,360 aircraft operations, an average of 165 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi. At that time there were 67 aircraft based at this airport: 85% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 2% jet and 3% helicopter.
- Yolo County Airport at Yolo County website
- PDF (1.55 MB)
- Aerial image as of 12 June 1993 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DWA, effective November 14, 2013
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