Beaver Island Airport

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Beaver Island Airport
Airport type Public
Owner St. James & Peaine Townships
Serves Beaver Island, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 669 ft / 204 m
Coordinates 45°41′32″N 085°33′59″W / 45.69222°N 85.56639°W / 45.69222; -85.56639
SJX is located in Michigan
SJX is located in the US
Location of airport in Michigan/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
14/32 3,300 1,006 Turf
5/23 2,130 649 Turf
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 9,210

Beaver Island Airport (ICAO: KSJXFAA LID: SJX) is a public use airport located on Beaver Island in Charlevoix County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by St. James Township and Peaine Township.[1] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a local general aviation facility.[2]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned SJX by the FAA and no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned SJX to Sarteneja Airport in Sarteneja, Belize[4]).

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Beaver Island Airport covers an area of 130 acres (53 ha) at an elevation of 669 feet (204 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 9/27 has an asphalt pavement measuring 4,300 by 75 feet (1,311 x 23 m); 14/32 and 5/23 have turf surfaces measuring 3,300 by 120 feet (1,006 x 37 m) and 2,130 by 120 feet (649 x 37 m) respectively.[1] Runways 14/32 and 5/23 are closed November through April, and also when snow-covered. Access to the airport is via Donnell Mor's Lane.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 9,210 aircraft operations, an average of 25 per day: 60% air taxi and 40% general aviation.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Fresh Air Aviation Charlevoix
Island Airways Charlevoix

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In 1988, an airplane crashed off this location.
  • On February, 2001, a Swearingen SA227 "Merlin" plane owned by Northern Illinois Flight Center that was landing from Chicago disappeared for 15 hours. Paul Welke, the owner of Island Airways, then flew as part of the rescue operation, finding 42 year old That Mirth Gault and her children, ages 13, 9 and 5, alive, next to the crashed aircraft debris.[5] The crash killed both crew members.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SJX (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Beaver Island, Michigan (ICAO: KSJX, FAA: SJX)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sartaneja, Belize (IATA: SJX)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
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