Cable Airport

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Cable Airport
Cable airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Cable Land Co.
Location Upland, California
Elevation AMSL 1,444 ft / 440 m
Coordinates 34°06′42″N 117°41′15″W / 34.11167°N 117.68750°W / 34.11167; -117.68750
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 3,864 1,178 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 65 20 Asphalt
H2 65 20 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 92,189
Based aircraft 365

Cable Airport (IATA: CCBICAO: KCCBFAA LID: CCB) is a non-towered public-use airport located two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Upland, a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is privately owned by the Cable Land Company.[1]


Cable-Claremont Airport (as it was known until 1961) was founded in 1945 by Maude and Dewey Cable, who bought the land for $8,500.[2] The Cables divided the land, selling the northern portion for what the entire parcel had cost the Cables. That parcel was developed into a quarry by Holliday Rock, which recently erected its national headquarters near the approach end of Runway 24. The first runway, 1-19, built by Dewey Cable himself, was 1,500 feet (460 m) long. It ran north-south, perpendicular to the prevailing winds, and had a steep gradient. The main runway, 6-24, was completed six months later. Unlike the first runway, it ran east-west (parallel to the wind, which is ideal), had a hard, flat surface, and by 1947 was 2,350 feet (720 m) long and 150 feet (46 m) wide.

Cable Commuter Airlines was a commuter air carrier operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter STOL capable turboprop aircraft that was initially based at the airport. In 1968, Cable Commuter Airlines was operating a hub at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with flights to such southern California destinations as Burbank, Colton, Inyokern, Ontario, Oxnard, Palmdale, Palm Springs, Santa Ana (Orange County Airport), Santa Barbara and Santa Maria as well as to Lake Havasu City in Arizona.[3] Cable Commuter was acquired by Golden West Airlines, another southern California based commuter air carrier.


KCCB is a Class G (untowered) airport. Runway 1-19 is no longer in existence. In its place are some hangars, a fuel island, and a covered, lighted wash rack. Runway 6-24, now lengthened to 3,865 feet (1,178 m), was recently resurfaced and is mostly flat, with some undulations on the east half. There is a terminal building with an FBO (flight school & rentals), aircraft repair shop, Maniac Mike's restaurant, and a control tower which is used to marshal aircraft during the annual Cable Air Show in January. (The tower is not normally used at any other time, as Cable is an uncontrolled airport.) This airport is also home to the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 25. The Cable family was nice enough to loan Civil Air Patrol their airport every Tuesday night from 6:30-9:00. Cable Airport is still owned by the Cable family. Based on number of aircraft based at the field (450), it ranks as the largest privately owned airport in the world.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Cable Airport covers an area of 95 acres (38 ha) which contains one runway (6/24) measuring 3,864 x 75 ft (1,178 x 23 m) and two helipads, each measuring 65 x 65 ft (20 x 20 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending August 30, 2007, the airport had 92,189 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 252 per day. There are 365 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 1% helicopter, 1% glider and <1% ultralight.[1]


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