Borrego Valley Airport

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Borrego Valley Airport
Borrego Valley Airport.svg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner County of San Diego
Serves Borrego Springs, California
Elevation AMSL 520 ft / 158 m
Coordinates 33°15′32″N 116°19′16″W / 33.25889°N 116.32111°W / 33.25889; -116.32111
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 5,011 1,527 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
Aircraft operations 22,000
Based aircraft 28

Borrego Valley Airport (IATA: BXS[2]FAA LID: L08) is a county-owned public airport three miles east of Borrego Springs, in San Diego County, California.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 198 acres (80 ha) at an elevation of 520 feet (158 m). Its one runway (8/26) is 5,011 x 75 ft (1,527 x 23 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2004 the airport had 22,000 aircraft operations, average 60 per day: 99.9% general aviation and 0.1% military. 28 aircraft were then based at the airport: 64% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 7% helicopter and 21% ultralight.[1]

Attractions[edit]

The International Aerobatic Club has a practice and competition area just north of the airport. The area was designated in 1976 and has a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. Aerobatic pilots from California and the southwest US regularly use it for practice and major competitive events; users have included three past national champions. Visitors are welcome to come to the airport and watch the flight activity, which does not interfere with other operations. Two annual competitions are sponsored by the San Diego Aerobatic Club,[3] in April and October.

Past airline passenger service[edit]

Borrego Springs Airlines, a locally-based commuter air carrier, was serving the airport during the late 1960s with scheduled nonstop flights to San Diego (SAN) and Palm Springs (PSP) operated with Cessna 402 twin prop aircraft.[4] By 1975, the airline had upgraded its fleet with 19-passenger seat Swearingen Metro II turboprops and was continuing to operate nonstop service to San Diego and Palm Springs.[5] The air carrier then changed its name to Sun Aire Lines and in the early 1980s was operating nonstop service to Los Angeles (LAX) as well as direct service to Phoenix (PHX) via intermediate stops in Imperial (IPL) and Yuma (YUM) with Metro II propjets.[6] In 1984, Sun Aire was acquired by SkyWest Airlines which in turn continued to serve Borrego Springs with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro III) propjets with flights to several destinations in southern California and Arizona until the end of the 1980s when it then ceased all service into the airport.[7]

The airport currently does not have scheduled passenger air service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for L08 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ Airport information for BXS at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ http://www.iac36.org | San Diego Aerobatic Club
  4. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Borrego Springs Airlines system timetables
  5. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 15, 1975 Official Airline Guide (OAG), San Diego-Borrego Springs & Palm Springs-Borrego Springs flight schedules
  6. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1982 Sun Aire Lines system timetable
  7. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1985; April 3, 1988; June 1, 1989 SkyWest Airlines route maps

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