California Valley Airport

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California Valley Airport
View south for 13 takeoff 2009
Airport typePrivate
OwnerBill Gates
ServesCalifornia Valley, California
Elevation AMSL1,968 ft / 600 m
Coordinates35°18′54″N 120°00′00″W / 35.315°N 120.00°W / 35.315; -120.00
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 4,200 1,280 Asphalt

California Valley Airport is a privately owned restricted-use airport located adjacent to the community center of California Valley, in the sparsely populated Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County, California, United States.

C-172 at Tiedown 2/09
Aerial view NE 2/09

Although the runway's south end is marked with a white "X" indicating that it is closed to use, the surface is in fair to good condition and is used occasionally with prior permission. There are no services or ground transportation available. This airport is used privately and by CHP, BML, CalFire; and for emergency medical helicopter evacuation.[1]

Normal landing direction is toward the north on runway 31, with limited tiedowns at the northwest end marked by short white perpendicular lines. Barbed wire fence surrounds the runway, and may be a hazard to some aircraft. Cattle are occasionally loose inside the fenced runway, or just outside the fence. There may be some small loose stones on the hard surface. A wind sock is located at the west fence approximately mid-field. Avoid overflight of homes and buildings, and practice noise abatement procedures.

Note that high winds are often encountered, including gusty crosswinds, and weather conditions can change abruptly. High temperatures in summer can result in high density altitude conditions. This valley has been considered for wind electricity generation sites, indicating the strength and frequency of windy conditions.

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