Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport
|Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport|
|Owner||City of Alpine|
|Elevation AMSL||4,515 ft / 1,376 m|
Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport (IATA: ALE, FAA LID: E38) is a city-owned public-use airport located two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Alpine, a city in Brewster County, Texas, United States. It supports two small runways, and is not meant for large commercial planes. Alpine-Casparis is the only airport in Brewster County, and provides air services to most of the area.
The airport provides Alpine with a modest sum of money. Being the only airport in the general area, and very close to the largest city in the county, makes it an adequate stop for small commercial or private aircraft. It is not uncommon for the airport's three hangars to be full during the summer, when air travel in the area is at its highest. Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport earns the city about $908,000 a year. The airport provides 17 jobs to the city, and has an average of 2100 patrons annually. The airport itself is used for recreational flying, flight training, small cargo shipping, refueling stops, and medical flights.
Former airline service
The airport previously had scheduled passenger air service operated by Lone Star Airlines, a commuter air carrier, during the early 1990s flown with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner propjets. In 1992, Lone Star was flying nonstop to Austin (AUS) with continuing direct service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). By 1993, Lone Star was continuing to fly direct one stop service to Dallas/Fort Worth via an intermediate stop in Brownwood, Texas.
On July 4, 2010, a twin-engine Cessna 421 operated by O’Hara Flying Service II LP of Amarillo flying as an air ambulance was en route to Midland, Texas when it crashed in a field one mile (1.6 km) east of Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport, killing all five persons on board.
Facilities and aircraft
Alpine–Casparis Municipal Airport covers an area of 196 acres (79 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 1/19 measuring 6,003 x 75 ft (1,830 x 23 m) and 5/23 measuring 5,018 x 60 ft (1,529 x 18 m).
For the 12-month period ending July 22, 2006, the airport had 9,350 aircraft operations, an average of 25 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. There are 32 aircraft based at this airport: 91% single-engine, 6% multi-engine and 3% helicopter.
- FAA Airport Master Record for E38 ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 1, 1992 Lone Star Airlines route map
- http://www.departedflights.com, May 15, 1993 Lone Star Airlines route map
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1949 & Aug. 1, 1949 Trans-Texas Airways system timetables
- Associated Press, "5 Killed in Crash of Air Ambulance in Texas - NYTimes.com." The New York Times. The New York Times, 4 July 2010. Web. 4 July 2010.