Addison Airport

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Addison Airport
Addison Airport aerial.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Addison
Serves Dallas, Texas
Location Addison, Texas
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 644 ft / 196.3 m
Coordinates 32°58′07″N 096°50′11″W / 32.96861°N 96.83639°W / 32.96861; -96.83639Coordinates: 32°58′07″N 096°50′11″W / 32.96861°N 96.83639°W / 32.96861; -96.83639
ADS is located in Texas
Location of airport in Texas / United States
ADS is located in the US
ADS (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 7,202 2,195 Concrete
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 103,020
Based aircraft 774
FAA airport diagram
Runway 15 with Dallas in the background

Addison Airport (IATA: ADS, ICAO: KADS, FAA LID: ADS) is a public airport in Addison, in Dallas County, Texas. It is nine miles (14 km) north of downtown Dallas.[1]

The airport opened in 1954 and was purchased by the town of Addison in 1976.[2] The airport is home to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.

The Addison Airport Toll Tunnel allows east-west traffic to cross the airport under the runway and was completed in 1999.


Addison Airport covers 368 acres (149 ha); its one runway, 15/33, is 7,202-by-100-foot (2,195 m × 30 m) concrete. In 2006 the airport had 133,557 aircraft operations, average 365 per day: 88% general aviation, 12% air taxi, <1% airline and <1% military. 774 aircraft were then based at the airport: 49% single-engine, 24% multi-engine, 24% jet and 3% helicopter.[1]

Three fixed-base operators are on the field, Atlantic Aviation, Landmark Aviation, and Million Air.

Charter services are available from a variety of companies, with Business Jet Solutions and Bombardier FlexJet having large operations at the field.

The airport is the headquarters of Ameristar Air Cargo, GTA Air, and Martinaire, and also has scheduled freight flights from AirNet, Flight Express, and Flight Development.

The airport is a training hub, with primary to advanced flight instruction available from Thrust Flight School, American Flyers, ATP, Monarch Air, PlaneSmart! and Lone Star Flyers.


Charter and TransportLubbock, San Antonio
AirNet ExpressBelleville (IL), Columbus-Rickenbacker
Flight DevelopmentBelleville (IL)
Flight ExpressHouston-Intercontinental, Oklahoma City, Shreveport, Tulsa, Tyler
GTA AirAbilene, Austin, El Paso, Laredo (TX), Tyler, Weslaco
MartinaireAbilene, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston-Intercontinental

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The following involved flights departing or arriving at the airport:

  • July 19, 1986: All 4 occupants of a Cessna 421, registration number N6VR, were killed when the aircraft suffered an apparent right-hand engine failure, rolled over, and dived into a vacant lot immediately after takeoff from Addison Airport.[3] The post-crash investigation revealed that the right-hand engine did not show any obvious signs of failure and its controls were not set to deliver full takeoff power. The crash was attributed to incorrect engine control operation; the pilot had recently purchased the Cessna 421 but had not been formally trained to fly it, and most of his twin-engined experience had been in an airplane with engine controls that operated in the reverse direction of those in the Cessna.[4]
  • June 20, 1992: The pilot of a Piper J3C-65 Cub, registration number N3128M, reported trouble and attempted to return to Addison Airport soon after taking off to test a newly installed engine. While turning to line up with the runway, the airplane suddenly lost altitude, rolled upside down, and crashed in the middle of nearby Beltway Drive, killing the pilot and his passenger. The crash was attributed to breakage of the left-hand elevator control tube due to corrosion.[5][6]
  • January 1, 2004: The pilot and passenger of a Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, registration number N4104B, died when the aircraft struck houses in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of nearby Dallas, Texas after departing from Addison Airport bound for Amarillo, Texas. An intense post-crash fire destroyed two houses and the remains of the Bellanca, but an elderly resident of one house escaped injury after being dragged out of the burning structure by his caregiver, who was also unhurt.[7] The crash was attributed to spatial disorientation in densely clouded IFR conditions; the pilot had reported a partial instrument panel failure, after which radar data indicated that he was making left turns instead of right turns as directed by air traffic controllers.[8]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for ADS (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Addison Airport: History Archived June 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Jim Zook (1986-07-20). "Addison Air Crash Kills 4". The Dallas Morning News.
  4. ^ "NTSB Report FTW86FA133". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  5. ^ Nancy St. Pierre (1992-06-21). "2 killed as plane crashes". The Dallas Morning News.
  6. ^ "NTSB Report FTW92FA165". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  7. ^ Tanya Eiserer (2004-01-02). "Man rescued after plane hits two N. Dallas houses - Caregiver pulls disabled doctor from fire; 2 fliers killed". The Dallas Morning News.
  8. ^ "NTSB Report FTW04FA052". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2010-04-22.

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